The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the web.
Chelsea hired former Liverpool coach Rafael Benitez as interim soccer manager until the end of the season after firing Roberto Di Matteo, an appointment that may pave the way for an approach to Pep Guardiola.
West Ham United appointed Avram Grant as manager on a four-year contract today, a month after the club avoided relegation from the English Premier League by one position.
West Ham’s six-year Premier League stay came to an end as it squandered a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at Wigan, which boosted its fight against relegation. The Hammers are also looking for a new coach.
West Ham manager Avram Grant got a two-match touchline ban and a 6,000-pound ($9,700) fine for his comments about match official Mike Jones during his team’s 2-1 F.A. Cup loss to Stoke last month.
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
West Ham United, the last place soccer club in England’s Premier League, is “committed to retaining” manager Avram Grant, the team said today on its website.
West Ham United said Avram Grant has been appointed as manager of the Premier League soccer club on a four-year contract, subject to receiving a U.K. work permit.
West Ham United co-owner David Gold said investors have been scared off by the team’s winless start in the English Premier League.
Premier League soccer team West Ham United’s fiscal-year loss widened because of costs related to firing its former manager and a lower league position last season.
"You need to bring results and good football, this is the target of Chelsea."
- Avram Grant on Mar 04, 2012