Brady defends Grant treatment

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady insists Avram Grant can have

no excuse for not keeping the club in the Premier League.

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

defeat at Wigan that sealed their relegation to the


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


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


“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.”