Wally Downes ready for relegation scrap after landing West Ham job

24 November 2010 05:07
[LNB]New Hammer: Wally Downes set for role at West Ham[LNB]Wally Downes is determined to help West Ham United out of trouble after being drafted in as Avram Grant's assistant.[LNB]The 49-year-old former Brentford boss has been brought in to focus on the Hammers leaky defence following the sacking of Zeljko Petrovic.[LNB]West Ham could yet appoint a forwards' coach to help Grant, with former Upton Park hero Paolo di Canio mooted, but Downes is the first through the door - as predicted by Sportsmail.[LNB]'It's an honour to be asked to help out such a good club,' said Downes. 'I'll do my best to help lift them out of the relegation area.'[LNB]Joint West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold arehoping Downes will help Grant move the eastLondon club off the bottom of the BarclaysPremier League.[LNB] Vulnerable: West Bromwich forward Steven Reid (centre) celebrates scoring against West Ham earlier this month[LNB]Downes has been out of work since he wasdismissed as a member of Alan Pardew'sbackroom staff at Southampton in August. [LNB]The former Wimbledon midfielder was also amember of Steve Coppell's coaching staff atReading after nearly two years in charge atBrentford, where he was sacked in 2004. [LNB]West Ham have already labelled the clashagainst Wigan at Upton Park on Saturday as a'save our season' game.[LNB] Bundesliga is better than c**p Premier League, blasts axed Hammer PetrovicCole blasts West Ham boss Grant with rant over tactics at crisis clubWest Ham go for Downes after sacking assistant boss Petrovic Leo's London: Arsenal or Spurs for the Premier League title? Forget it ...WEST HAM UNITED FC

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