Grant: a stay of execution?

Two wins in four days and how the mood has changed, particularily with that stunning victory over Manchester United.

And ok, that Carling Cup triumph ruined my theory that West Ham are these days unable to offer a proper challenge any more to the top four clubs.

Frankly, I'd have rather had three points, but just the sight of Fergie's face and hearing his complaints about our boys being too physical just made it all the better.

Someone should remind Ferguson that he was never too bothered about the over-physical approach of the likes of Roy Keane, Mark Hughes, Steve Bruce, Bryan Robson, Gary Pallister, Paul Ince...while Evra, Vidic and our own Rio are no angels. Have I made my point?

But the question now is, does the glow of success take the pressure from Avram Grant's shoulders? He was for the chop a few days ago, so does two wins change everything?

You would expect there has been a stay of execution, at least until the Carling Cup semi-finals next month. But Grant will need to turn the form of the last two games into the Premier League, and quickly.

But all the talk of managerial change will not go away. The media has been rife with rumours, and you can bet those theories have come from briefings from within Upton Park.

And there has even been suggestions that Wally Downes would be a more than capable caretaker manager should Grant fail to keep the momentum going.

And even after the victory over Wigan, there was been much chatter from the media that Cardiff's Dave Jones or QPR's Neil Warnock are in the frame.

I certainly hope not. Warnock would never be accepted by Irons fans, the man who has done nothing but bad-mouth West Ham - and threaten legal action - since the Tevez saga. Warnock would be lucky to get inside the ground, let alone the dug-out.

Surely our great leaders the two Davids would not be crazy enough to even consider such a mood.

Then there's Jones. He was seemingly in for the job before Grant was appointed, with Leeds owner Ken Bates even openingly suggesting that Jones was trying to work his ticket from Cardiff.

The media in Cardiff would be glad to see the back of Jones. He has been engaged in a lengthy fall-out with the three major titles in Wales - owned by Trinty Mirror - with reporters being banned from press conferences, and even asked to leave the after- match press conference at Wembley last season which was not under Cardiff's juristiction.

Jones seems unable to handle any sort of criticism, and the war with the local media has dragged on and on. The former Wolves boss may well be able to get away with that sort of behaviour in Cardiff, but the London media is a completely different matter.

If Jones cannot handle criticism in Cardiff, what will be be like when London's finest get stuck into him?

And then there's the feeling in Cardiff that Jones cannot cope well with major matches. Losing to Swansea this season and Blackpool at Wembley last term in the play-off final seems to give that feeling some substance.

West Ham fans, anyway, would want better than Warnock and Jones. And if Gold and Sullivan can come up with another support coach in the Downes mould, Grant could survive.

Downes seems to have changed our defensive system in a matter of days, although it's a little worrying that international defenders like ours need to be told what the basics are.

Downes' appointment was probably as much to do with Gold and Sullivan's solid working relationship with agent Barry Silkman than anything Grant suggested.

But Grant will know that league points are more important than cup finals, so the recent progress must be maintained. But that's for the future, for now lets just bask on the memory of a remarkable victory over Manchester United and hope the confidence from that great cup success leads us out of this relegation mess.

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