Grant silence to guarantee bumper West Ham pay-off

West Ham United boss Avram Grant's silence over his disappointment with those inside the club could guarantee him a rich pay-off.

West Ham United boss Avram Grant's silence over his disappointment with those inside the club could guarantee him a rich pay-off.

The Guardian says Grant's silence could be golden. While the West Ham United manager waits to be put out of his misery at Upton Park, his reluctance to name the senior club executives he claims have it in for him could ensure he gets his four-year contract paid up in full – thought to be worth at least £5m.

Perhaps his refusal to speak out against the owners, David Gold and David Sullivan, or the vice‑chairman, Karren Brady, derives from studying the fate of his immediate predecessor, Gianfranco Zola.

Despite avoiding relegation the Italian was sacked at the close of last season for "breach of contract", the owners citing an apparently innocuous response from Zola to Sullivan's declaration that every player but Scott Parker was for sale. This followed a long and attritional campaign of public criticism of the team from Sullivan and Gold.

 
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