Hammers boss eyes Wenger blueprint

The Hammers take on the Gunners at the Emirates on Saturday but

currently sit rock bottom of the Premier League. It has been

reported that the Israeli coach is already on borrowed time at

Upton Park after a miserable start to his tenure, and things will

not get any easier when they travel to North London. Grant insists

that he needs time to turn things around and says that the best

managers, like Wenger, are in it for the long term. “I speak with

Arsene all the time, I’ve known him for more than 10 years and we

have a good relationship,” he said in The Sun. “We more or less

share the same idea. And most of his ideas we want to do. “He has

built a team through the academy into a top team, this would also

be the vision at West Ham. “When I came to English football, they

gave me 10 days. They say I’m going because with me the team would

go down but when you want to build something it takes time. “I

spoke with Arsene Wenger about this and I don’t know a lot about

his first year at Arsenal but it was not so easy. “They won the

double and then the league without defeat but when things didn’t go

well, like a year ago, he stuck to his way and this is the only way

to get results.” Grant believes Wenger and Manchester United boss

Sir Alex Ferguson are examples of how long term programmes work

best. He added: “Arsenal always have a lot of money to buy. Maybe

not like Chelsea and others but they always have £15million

and £10m to buy players. “Every club is a little bit different

and I think we need a long-term programme. “Wenger and Alex

Ferguson are good examples of this. Imagine they didn’t let them

continue after the first year, the whole history of the clubs are

different. “It won’t come in one day and you can’t push a button

and everything comes good.”