Avram Grant has said he will not stand in Wally's way if the defensive coach decides to join Pardew at Newcastle. That sounds like a sensible decision to me. Once that guy is on a roll, he will flatten any obstacle in his way!
How mad would it be if he were to go, however? Tell me, why would you appoint somebody so lacking in commitment to the job? Shouldn't that have been checked out first? Shouldn't a hefty release clause have been inserted into his contract? Shouldn't a promise of a double burger bonus been agreed for at least seeing out this season?
Meanwhile, Downes has had the opportunity to have a good look at our players. Any money, if he joins Pardew, that they bid for Upson and Tomkins in January!
Only at West Ham!