Avram Grant sacked as West Ham relegated after throwing away two-goal lead at Wigan

16 May 2011 07:14
ShareAvram Grant was sacked as manager of West Ham following the defeat at Wigan which condemned his side to relegation from the Barclays Premier League. Co-owner David Sullivan left his seat in the directors' box early to meet Grant in the tunnel at the DW Stadium and inform the 56-year-old of the decision to fire him after less than a year in the job. Grant, whose side blew a 2-0 lead, said it was his 'saddest day in 40 years in football'. The Israeli told his players on the team bus that he was leaving. Sacked! Grant has been shown the exit after the Hammers sunk into the Championship Crash landing: Grant arrives back at Stansted airport He had a private car on standby planning to return to London alone, but they asked him to fly back with them. Kevin Keen will take charge for next Sunday's final game at home to Sunderland. Neil Warnock, Steve McClaren and Gus Poyet were installed as early contenders to take charge. Cardiff managerDave Jones and former West Ham midfielder Martin Allen, at Notts County, are also in the frame.  Final insult: Millwall fans paid for this banner to be flown above after Wigan equalised Taxi for one: Grant makes his exit alone from the airport Over and out: Parker's career with the Hammers is also in its final stages now relegation has been confirmed Grant, who was relegated with Portsmouth last season, took over from Gianfranco Zola when he signed a four-year deal last June. Speaking before news of his departurewas confirmed, Grant said: 'It's the saddest day since I started in football almost 40 years ago. I cannot say it in words, I am very, very sad, especially for the supporters and the people in the club. Football is a game of results. My job was to keep the team in the Premier League and I failed. People power: The board and fans lost faith with Grant Crashing down: Jack Collison looks distraught as the news sinks in of West Ham's fate 'I came with a lot of belief. I knew the financial problem and that we could not buy players, and I knew theywere saved from relegation last season only because the League was weak. It's my responsibility to pick the team so it's my responsibility about the result.' There was more trouble for West Ham at the final whistle as captain Scott Parker was restrained after an altercation with Wigan fans. Then vice-chairman Karren Brady was abused by a home fan who ran up to the directors' box. Brady immediatelycomplained to Wigan chairman Dave Whelan about the incident, although the supporter is believed to have apologised later. Hammered: Defeat at Wigan confirmed the East End club's demise West Ham co-chairman David Gold took his share of the blame for their relegation, posting on Twitter: 'This isundoubtedly the worst moment in all the years I've been supporting WestHam and I wish I'd done things differently 'I honestly believed with the players we brought in in January, plus the imminent return of (Thomas) Hitzlsperger, we had done enough to pull clear of danger. 'I know that Scotty Parker shared that belief with me and we both had confidence that we would retain our Premiership status.'  Wigan 3 West Ham 2: N'Zogbia double condemns Hammers as Latics fight on We did it! Millwall fans group admits sorting plane banner stunt mocking Avram GrantGrant sacked! How Sportsmail broke the newsUp and downs: Sportsmail's guide to the all the end-of-term dramaThe 2010/11 managerial merry-go-round: Avram outed as West Ham sink into Championship - 46 bosses gone this seasonAll the latest West Ham news, features and opinion  Explore more:People: Gianfranco Zola, Karren Brady, Neil Warnock, David Gold, Dave Whelan, Martin Allen, Steve McClaren, David Sullivan Places: Cardiff, London

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