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Athletico Easthamico 9:12 Tue Oct 25
Danny Gabbidon lifts the lid on Avram Grant's reign.
Scott Parker led a players' rebellion on the day Avram Grant was fired as West Ham boss, according to a former team mate.

Danny Gabbidon has revealed how Grant was told to find his own way home having been fired by Karren Brady in the tunnel immediately after the final whistle in West Ham's 3-2 defeat at Wigan in May 2011 - a result that condemned the club to relegation from the Premier League.

And the former Welsh international also revealed how Scott Parker subsequently instigated a revolt amongst the players, who were unanimously disgusted with the manager's treatment, upon hearing the news.

"What the board did to Avram was really poor," Gabbidon, speaking exclusively to Westhamonline said. "They basically told him to find his own way home from the ground.

"The players were really angry about that which is why Scotty said 'that's unacceptable; If you've sacked him, fine, but he's still our manager and he travels back with the team'.

"So that's how we managed to get him back on the coach. It was just embarrassing really, that wasn't the way to conduct your business. We felt it was the right thing to do - which is why Scotty did it."

Central defender Gabbidon, who spent six years at West Ham between 2005 and 2011 maintained that Grant was a dead man walking just a matter of months into his sole season as Hammers boss in 2010/11, having lost the support of the Board.

"There was stuff going on behind the scenes and they were doing things without his input," he added. "He wasn't happy with what was going on so I think when he finally got sacked, it was a bit of relief for him as well. He didn't really stand a chance in the end.

"In the final few weeks of the season the training ground wasn't a good place to be around. During the games it was difficult too as the fans were unhappy. There were even one or two players who didn't want to play in the last home game of the season [against Sunderland] because they didn't want to deal with the crowd and the atmosphere."

The 37-year-old, who retired as a professional last year also revealed how he had his own issues with the club's Board as a direct result of their poor relationship with Grant.

"I hadn't been playing and Cardiff had made an enquiry, so I'd gone to David Sullivan and said 'what are the chances of leaving, because I'm coming to the end of my contract and I need to be playing'," he recalled.

"Karren Brady had said I could go but Avram Grant didn't know anything about it. When he found out he said he didn't want me to leave, so she had to retract her original statement and tell me I couldn't go as she shouldn't have said that behind the manager's back.

"They just didn't get on and were doing things behind his back, so I ended up staying for the rest of that season."

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Staffs-Hammer 11:37 Wed Oct 26
Re: Danny Gabbidon lifts the lid on Avram Grant's reign.
I might be missing something but why the fuck did they appoint him if they thought he was that bad?

Fucking horrible season. The defeat at Bolton sticks in my memory as I didn't go to the Wigan game. That was pretty fucking awful. That and the first half against West Brom is probably the worst I've ever seen from a West Ham side. Ironically, that 2nd half against WBA will live long in the memory.

tnb 11:17 Wed Oct 26
Re: Danny Gabbidon lifts the lid on Avram Grant's reign.
Just so happens I agree completely, Sven. Look at Southampton - they've survived a succesion of changes in managers with their identity and 'project' intact because they have an overarching strategy due to their structure and, of all people, Les Reed.

I actually think Tony Henry could probably do the job.

tnb 11:17 Wed Oct 26
Re: Danny Gabbidon lifts the lid on Avram Grant's reign.
Just so happens I agree completely, Sven. Look at Southampton - they've survived a succesion of changes in managers with their identity and 'project' intact because they have an overarching strategy due to their structure and, of Ll people, Les Reed.

I actually think Tony Henry could probably do the job.

Sven Roeder 6:57 Wed Oct 26
Re: Danny Gabbidon lifts the lid on Avram Grant's reign.
She is an administrator.
Obviously she should have no say about a football matter such as the fate of a manager. Shirley?
Have always said we should have a football person making decisions about football matters as our Director of football. Such as Sir Trev
The Daves should just be signing cheques while Karren orders the stationary & the stadium cleaners.

tnb 6:50 Wed Oct 26
Re: Danny Gabbidon lifts the lid on Avram Grant's reign.
I'm no fan of Brady, Sven, but to be fair she had been involved in football for about 15 years before having anything to do with 'The Apprentice'. As I say, I'm fully convinced that she doesn't give two hoots about football except in terms of how much money she can make from it, and I am sure she sees it just the same as if she were CEO of Tesco or RBS or whatever. But I can see why Gold and Sullivan may, rightly or wrongly, feel that having a 33% vote without any emotional attachment to the sport may be a decent idea.

None of this means I can stand the woman, who I still think is a disgusting individual. But let's get our facts straight.

Sven Roeder 5:27 Wed Oct 26
Re: Danny Gabbidon lifts the lid on Avram Grant's reign.
So some fat Doris from a reality tv show had the deciding vote on the fate of the football manager of a Premier League club.

Willtell 5:19 Wed Oct 26
Re: Danny Gabbidon lifts the lid on Avram Grant's reign.
I agree tnb. Grant was a terrible manager that never got to grips with the team for whatever reason. But to chuck him off the coach really was poor poor form...

Mind you if I'd given him £1m to get us relegated I'd have probably chucked Grant off Wigan pier...

tnb 2:37 Wed Oct 26
Re: Danny Gabbidon lifts the lid on Avram Grant's reign.
I don't think it was an ethnic/ religious thing with Gold. A relative of my ex wife used to work with Gold, Sullivan, and Brady (actually more directly with Brady) at Birmingham. Then went to Stoke and last I heard was on the board at Bristol Rovers.

Anyway, I was chatting to him during Allardyce's penultimate season and from what he said from supposed people he still knew who were involved with the trio at West Ham there was a very similar dynamic then too - Sullivan wanted him out, Gold wanted him to stay, and therefore Brady became the decisive vote (even if she doesn't technically have the same clout, from what he said that is how they work- majority decisions between the 3 of them. I suspect the dynamic of two people passionate about football and one who is pure business and couldn't give a toss is probably sensible really). So clearly in that scenario it wasn't a race thing with Gold. The way this chap told it was that Gold was always reluctant to sack managers as he was proud of what he saw as a record of loyalty to managers going back to Birmingham. I don't know enough about their managerial appointments there to know whether that rings true.

Obviously Grant was a shit appointment and not getting rid sooner compounded the mistake. And yet the coach thing as others have said was clearly classless, and I said the same at the time re the Martin O'Neill fiasco too - Grant may be the biggest and most useless cunt in the world, but you have to conduct your business with a bit of dignity.

Still, I see Duxbury is up to his neck in it again so perhaps could still be worse!

Grumpster 2:20 Wed Oct 26
Re: Danny Gabbidon lifts the lid on Avram Grant's reign.
Thought it was a blinding day, though I was canoeing through the gorge de tarn and thankfully not having to watch it!

B6NY B 1:53 Wed Oct 26
Re: Danny Gabbidon lifts the lid on Avram Grant's reign.
Mike Oxsaw 12:54 Wed Oct 26
Re: Danny Gabbidon lifts the lid on Avram Grant's reign.

You're a double weird bloke.

B6NY B 1:50 Wed Oct 26
Re: Danny Gabbidon lifts the lid on Avram Grant's reign.
It was reported a few weeks after the told him to 'get home on his own'.

Sacking him In the tunnel, or dressing room is stupid too.

Fucking fish tits

Huffers 1:37 Wed Oct 26
Re: Danny Gabbidon lifts the lid on Avram Grant's reign.
Obviously I dont know what Grant was told but I was by our coach when Grant got on the coach and spent a couple of minutes on it and then he got off. Carlton Cole then came running out and dragged him back on.

Mike Oxsaw 12:54 Wed Oct 26
Re: Danny Gabbidon lifts the lid on Avram Grant's reign.
How do people square using "Porn" as a derogatory term when referring to the clubs owners, yet are gagging, just gagging, for the next leak of intimate and revealing pictures of famous people shagging each other in private?

Who is it that has such an insatiable sexual appetite that the Davids were able to amass enough money to buy a football club off the back (or, more appropriately, two backs) of it?

i-Ron 12:41 Wed Oct 26
Re: Danny Gabbidon lifts the lid on Avram Grant's reign.
It's a big day today

Let's not get sidetracked by Gabbidon's comments about that absolute fucking horror show at Wigan in the second half

2-0 up at half time
Connor Sammon destroying Gabbidon,
that plane by Millwall fans,
Cole's miss
N'Zogbia's winner
Pitch invasion
Relegation
Leaving Avram stranded at the stadium

Not today!

Swiss. 12:32 Wed Oct 26
Re: Danny Gabbidon lifts the lid on Avram Grant's reign.
I actually thought Grant would be a good appointment. 3 games in I wanted him out; Why oh Why didn't they sack him at Xmas. I heard it was Gold who opposed it.

Private Dancer 11:25 Wed Oct 26
Re: Danny Gabbidon lifts the lid on Avram Grant's reign.
Wasn't this freeloading waster out for 2 years with a stomach injury?? Fuck him and the fraud Grant.

andyd12345 10:56 Wed Oct 26
Re: Danny Gabbidon lifts the lid on Avram Grant's reign.
Fucking hell, everyone crowing about how hard done by he would have been had he been left in Wigan. Yes, its classless, and the right thing to do would have been to have let him on the bus. But worst case he would have phoned his agent or his PA and got them to arrange a private car to come and pick him up and drive him home.

Hardly stranded on the fucking moon was he.

Russ of the BML 10:30 Wed Oct 26
Re: Danny Gabbidon lifts the lid on Avram Grant's reign.
I don't give a fuck what anyone says. It's bullshit. As if they would not let him travel back on the coach. Utter fucking lies.

franksfat&slow&wank 10:27 Wed Oct 26
Re: Danny Gabbidon lifts the lid on Avram Grant's reign.
I'd have tied the cunt to the back of the bus and draged him home naked after that 2nd half at wigan

and those cunts flew that plane over at half time

On The Ball 9:53 Wed Oct 26
Re: Danny Gabbidon lifts the lid on Avram Grant's reign.
So your first point was a bit silly, Tex.

WHU(Exeter) 9:44 Wed Oct 26
Re: Danny Gabbidon lifts the lid on Avram Grant's reign.
Well there was the sneering, piss taking column in the paper, expressing amazement how he'd found another managerial position.

All irony obviously lost...

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