West Ham boss Avram Grant takes coaching tips from Roberto Mancini, gets a lucky scarf
Avram Grant has revealed the secret behind West Ham’s stunning turnaround over the Christmas period – a lucky scarf. The charmed neckwear was first sported by Grant in his side’s unlikely 4-0 Carling Cup triumph over Manchester United.
He foolishly ditched the scarf for the defeats to Sunderland and Manchester City, and the draw against Blackburn, but since reinstating the accessory on Boxing Day the Hammers have recorded seven points from three games.
In a quote possibly designed to create enough revenue to fund January purchases, Grant revealed the scarf was less than a tenner in the club shop.
He added: “It was Bob Oteng, the kit man, who supplied it. It was very cold against Manchester United but very warm after the game. Everything is warm after a win.”
The Israeli also revealed some stinky superstitions from his managerial career.
He said: “I remember when I was in Israel it was winter and I wore the same clothes. We won 11 games but I couldn’t carry on wearing it, my shirt was smelling. I changed and we drew so the owner blamed me.”
Mmm… two-month-old Avram Grant BO. Savour that thought and try to keep your breakfast down, OTP readers.