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Can someone explain what’s going on at Upton Park?

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It has been a busy week for script writers in the East End in the past week; two cup wins on the pitch and a boardroom fall-out in the offices between the manager and vice chairman over the signing of a player.

Now when a manager’s job depends on results, which are attained for him by the players he picks, how a member of the board can cancel one of the manager’s signings saying that we don’t need him begs the question what is happening behind the scenes there?

Poor old Avram Grant. At least he has a sense of humour because I can’t see how he will survive for too long.

It is one thing to have half the crowd on your back, and it seems the whole of Fleet St, but now with it Karren Brady is telling him who he can or cannot bring in and then telling everyone why she did what she did in her paper column, forcing Grant to declare that he thought the deal with Steve Sidwell was done.

Not only that but apparently every out of work manager has been seen at Upton Park or has been sounded out by the club to replace our beleaguered manager. In the mists of all this we have progressed through to the fourth round of the FA Cup and stand on the cusp of a Wembley visit after our 2-1 against Birmingham City in the semi final of the league cup and have only been beaten once in seven games.

So to sack him now the team is playing better than it was before Christmas may seem a bit harsh.

The conspiracy theorist in me thinks that with our next two games being Arsenal at home and Everton away if he was to accrue less than two points from those games, which is not out of the question, then they can sack him then blaming it on the performances in the league recently, thus allowing the next manager to come in at the beginning of February and have the easier games of Blackpool, Birmingham, West Brom and Liverpool. A bit far-fetched maybe but stranger things have happened at sea.

As if things were bad enough off the pitch but then this week Tottenham Hotspur break cover and reveal some of their plans if they got the go ahead to move into the Olympic Stadium, and to be honest they are pretty impressive, especially compared to West Ham's plans to keep the fans the wrong side of a running track.

I have never wanted the Hammers to move into the athletic stadium anyway and I actively campaign against the move, standing outside the ground on some games.

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