Gold: West Ham boss inherited a ‘Championship side’

West Ham co-chairman David Gold believes that boss Avram Grant struggled at the beginning of the season because the side he inherited were of Championship standard.
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West Ham co-chairman David Gold believes that boss Avram Grant struggled at the beginning of the season because the side he inherited were of Championship standard.

The Hammers narrowly avoided Premier League relegation at the end of the last campaign under former boss Gianfranco Zola after finishing only one place above the drop zone with 35 points.

And in the wake of last weekend's Premier League win over fellow strugglers Wigan and Tuesday night's Carling Cup hammering of Manchester United, he thinks there are signs that the Upton Park outfit can climb away from the foot of the table.

Gold told Sky Sports News: "It has to be remembered that, basically, Avram did inherit a Championship side because with the 35 points that we got last season that would normally get you relegated.

"Nine out of 10 times, 35 points would get you relegated. So in actual fact he inherited a Championship side.

"So it has been difficult for him. He is building, he is re-gilding and slowly you can see, with six players brought into the team last night (against Manchester United), the strength of the squad and things are starting to come together.

"It is only two victories, but it does give ourselves hope that we can get off the bottom of the table.

"That is our next target and once we have done that it is of course to get out of the bottom three."

 
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