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June 3, 2010
Posted by Billy Blagg on 06/03/2010

One of the few benefits of having your contract terminated is that you can be on the ball with exciting developments at Upton Park. So it is that within minutes of Messrs Gold and Sullivan opening the door this morning I can confirm that Avram Grant has been offered a four-year contract to take over the manager's hot seat at West Ham.

In a secret that hardly was, Grant joins the club fresh from leading Portsmouth to the FA Cup final and replaces former Chelsea favourite Gianfranco Zola, who was sacked at the end of the season. It will be interesting to see if Grant suffers the same anti-Blue backlash that Zola did.

Billy Blagg Born at an early age a mere defenders' spit from the Boleyn ground, Billy Blagg has seen every West Ham game from 1898 onwards. Blagg was mentioned by Kenneth Wolstenholme in 1966 as one of the people on the pitch during the famous Hammers win over West Germany that lifted the World Cup and he returned to the pitch again for the 1975 FA Cup Final but stayed on the terrace for 1980 FA Cup victory. Blagg, 26, now lives with his eighth wife and innumerable children in a small semi-detached with chintz curtains in Dagenham, Essex and still attends every Hammers match and training session.

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