Grant: Message getting through

Grant: Message getting through

Published Nov. 29, 2010 12:04 p.m. ET

West Ham boss Avram Grant feels he is finally getting his message across after seeing his troops beat Wigan on Saturday.

The Irons recorded their first Premier League win since September 25 when they beat fellow strugglers Wigan 3-1 at Upton Park.

Although they remain bottom of the table following Wolves' late rally against Sunderland, Grant's men finally produced the end product to some decent football with goals from Valon Behrami, Victor Obinna and Scott Parker.

Grant is looking to reshape his backroom staff following the departure of assistant manager Zeljko Petrovic, as former Brentford boss Wally Downes was appointed to work with the defence.


The Israeli intends to bring in more specific coaches, and former West Ham striker Paolo di Canio has been touted as a potential candidate.

Downes certainly made his presence felt on the touchline and Grant feels all approaches have their own merits.

"If [Arsene] Wenger is quiet and Arsenal win, everybody says it's a good thing. I just think the message needs to be clear. People have different ways of bringing the message," the West Ham manager said.

"Wally asked me before the game if he could shout and say whatever he wants. He did well, is very happy, energetic.

"Petrovic is a good guy, very positive and did a good job, but he was assistant manager.

"Wally has a specific job that he is committed to. He is doing it well, is very passionate - but he does it in a different way."

Grant also maintains he will look to replace Petrovic with another foreign number two, in order to help balance input on a squad which no contains so many non-British players.

"We have a project and a vision here at West Ham," the former Portsmouth and Chelsea boss said. "Our target at the end is to put West Ham in a good position with a good football style, with good young players.

"Part of this is to build the coaching staff and from time to time we will add to the staff. This is the future of the game."