Featured Matches
Previous
Internazionale
Manchester United
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Real Madrid
AS Roma
1:15 AM GMT
Game Details
Recreativo Huelva
Sunderland
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Sparta Prague
Malmo FF
5:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Sparta Prague
Malmo FF
5:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Slovan Bratislava
Sheriff Tiraspol
6:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Debrecen
BATE Borisov
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Wealdstone
Wycombe Wanderers
2:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Frickley Athletic
Scunthorpe XI
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Exeter City
Swansea City
6:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Alfreton Town
Rotherham United
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Burton Albion
Derby County
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Lincoln City
Mansfield Town
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Newport County
Coventry City
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Notts County
Birmingham City
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Portsmouth
AFC Bournemouth
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Stevenage
Reading
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Altrincham
Accrington Stanley
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Cambridge United
Milton Keynes Dons
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Cheltenham Town
Bristol City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Concord Rangers
Dagenham & Redbridge
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Dumbarton
Carlisle United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Hyde
Burnley XI
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Kidderminster Harriers
Shrewsbury Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Leyton Orient
Queens Park Rangers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Luton Town
Colchester United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Margate
Barnet
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Oxford United
Wolverhampton Wanderers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Preston North End
Burnley
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Sheffield United
Huddersfield Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Southend United
Ipswich Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Recreativo Huelva
Sunderland
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Valerenga
Stabaek
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Defensor Sporting
Nacional
12:15 AM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 2
Game Details
Náutico
Icasa
10:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Portuguesa de Desportos
Oeste
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Internazionale
Manchester United
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Real Madrid
AS Roma
1:15 AM GMT
Game Details
Cienciano del Cusco
Alianza Lima
8:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Next
May 19, 2011

Brady pins Hammers woe on Grant

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has launched a stern defence of the Hammers' hierarchy, pinning full blame on Avram Grant for the club's relegation from the Premier League.

• Di Canio would "give everything"
• Sullivan regrets hiring Grant
• McClaren rules himself out
• Gold: We'll get it right
• Police called to West Ham party
• Cole to take wage cut

Co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan, in addition to Brady, have suffered plenty of criticism for West Ham's disastrous campaign, which yielded just seven league wins all season. The Hammers are comfortably in the Premier League's top 10 clubs when it comes to total salaries paid to players, yet they will finish at the foot of the table on points gained.

Relegation loomed large for West Ham at the turn of the year, yet the club's owners opted to stick with Grant after a failed pursuit of Martin O'Neill. That decision has proved a poor one, but Brady rejects claims that the board did not give their manager 100 per cent backing, insisting he was given everything he requested in a bid to beat the drop.

"Avram was given the best possible conditions to do the job," Brady said in The Sun. "There were no silly targets set, no talk of Europe. We just said: 'Keep us up'.

"He was given extra training-ground staff and his personal needs met - including a driver, a new office and an upgraded expensive football analysis system. When things got tough, we backed him again.

"January signings like Wayne Bridge, Robbie Keane and Demba Ba saw us put our money where our mouth is. Again, no big names left the Boleyn.

"Avram was given the best possible conditions to do the job. There were no silly targets set, no talk of Europe. We just said: 'Keep us up'."

Grant hinted at behind-the-scenes problems when, following the 3-2 defeat to Wigan, he commented: "I will not go into all the problems we've had this season."

Those theories were inflamed when the announcement of Grant's axing was put on the club's official website whilst he answered questions about his future in a post-match press conference. Brady insists Grant was already aware of the situation.

"Avram was given every chance but he could not deliver," she said. "When the to part came after the last game, it was done privately and amicably. He asked the club to delay the announcement or tell staff for 30 minutes until all post-match duties had been carried out. That wish was respected."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.