Brady defends Grant treatment

Grant was shown the door on Sunday following their dramatic 3-2

defeat at Wigan that sealed their relegation to the Championship.

Reports have surfaced that Grant was undermined by the Hammers

board throughout his season-long stint at the club, but Brady has

hit back at such claims. She said in The Sun: “Avram was given the

best possible conditions to do the job. “There were no silly

targets set, no talk of Europe. We just said: ‘Keep us up’. “He was

given extra training-ground staff and his personal needs met –

including a driver, a new office and an upgraded expensive football

analysis system. “When things got tough, we backed him again.

“January signings like Wayne Bridge, Robbie Keane and Demba Ba saw

us put our money where our mouth is. Again, no big names left the

Boleyn. “A good man, Avram was given every chance but he was sadly

unable to deliver.” Brady also claims that reports of trouble

between players and fans at West Ham’s end-of-season dinner in

London on Monday night were blown out of proportion. Some pundits

have questioned the timing of the party in light of the Hammers’

relegation, but Brady insists it was not a celebration. She added:

“Like our sold-out end-of-season dinner this week, we stand up and

face difficult times head on. “Ours was not a celebration and

certainly not a party, as some wrongly claimed, but it was right to

have a night where fans could respect the academy and their Hammer

of the Year. “Everyone has had their say and there is nothing wrong

with fair comment. “But hyped accounts of trouble are just the tip

of the iceberg when it comes to describing a season where fact has

been replaced by fiction.”