The buck stops here apparently - with the number two! With Chelsea showing Ray Wilkins the door, we have followed their lead by offloading Avram's number two. It is a peculiar and cowardly response in my book.
Who wanted Petrovic and who appointed him exactly? If the guy really was a disastrous appointment, then surely the man who recruited him should be brought to book? If Petrovic is so important that he has to be shown the door because of our poor results, what exactly does Grant do? Isn't he accountable for the performances and results?
You also have to wonder about player power at the club. One poster scoffed at my suggestion that the players were not trying at Anfield because they were looking to engineer a sacking, but does that look so stupid now? The club are apparently dismissing Petrovic because he has failed to win over the dressing room! Win it over? Since when do you have to win over your players? Aren't they paid to do a job for the club? Was the performance at Anfield designed perhaps to send a clear and unequivocal message to Sullivan, Gold and Grant: get rid of the guy we don't like or we will throw every game?
So where does this leave Grant? Looking bloody foolish because Petrovic was his man, and the players have shown that their views count for more than their manager's. That is a dangerous and untenable situation. Who determines the tactics now? Grant knows that the players have more power than he does. Who picks the team? Well Grant can ill afford to upset Scotty Parker and his circle of friends because, as Petrovic found to his cost, if the players don't like you, then you are given your P45.
The move is staggeringly inept in my book. If Di Canio or Dicks suddenly appear, then God help us. Neither has the experience necessary to drag us out of the quagmire we find ourselves in. Maybe, just maybe, Grant is about to move upstairs, leaving a berth for the return of Pardew. That might just make sense.