West Ham have made another managerial change this summer, ending the short stint of David Moyes and replacing him with Manuel Pellegrini.
The former Manchester City boss inherits a side in need of significant improvements after two disappointing campaigns at the London Stadium, which have been spent flirting with relegation.
Optimism is relatively high ahead of the new campaign, with Pellegrini’s arrival providing a boost, but Avram Grant has suggested that the issue for the Hammers lies away from the dugout.
“I think that the problem in West Ham was never the coach.”
“It’s impossible that in the last 10 years all the coaches failed, and they sacked every one. David Sullivan is a good owner and an honest guy, but they need to check themselves. How is it possible that all the coaches were wrong, each one of them?”
“I think not even one coach finished their contact in West Ham, not one of them in the last 10 years – and the team didn’t do well.”
“I think if West Ham want to succeed, it’s a good sign that they brought in Pellegrini, but I don’t think the problem over the last 10 years was the coach, no.”
“Zola was a good coach and other coaches did a good job.”
“But I can tell from inside – and I don’t want to say more than this – that the problem was never with the coach. It can’t be. It can’t be that in the last 10 years all of the coaches was bad.”
“They need to check what the problem was and who is the person who disturbed that, they can ask the coaches that were there, and then West Ham can be a top club, a very big club.”