It certainly does not bode well for today's game. The bookies have slashed O'Neill's odds to be our next manager and Grant looks like he has the sword of Damocles hanging over his head. In midweek, we take a goal advantage in a League Cup semifinal whilst playing with 10 men; on Saturday, the manager faces the sack. Make sense of that if you can.
I know people will point to the league table and to that shocking defeat at Newcastle, and that is fair enough. But has King Kenny worked any miracles in his two games in charge at Liverpool? Did Big Al help Newcastle two seasons ago? Did replacing Brown help Hull? Did sacking Hart save Portsmouth? Did a change of manager, enforced admittedly, save Burnley? The three clubs who went down last season ALL changed their managers during the season. Might there not be a message here?
Tell me, how long do you think O'Neill will last working for Sullivan and Brady? How long before he takes umbrage at a Brady newspaper article or a Sullivan email? How long before he throws his toys out of the pram, has a hissy fit and buggers off muttering that it was the wrong move for him?
Don't get me wrong, I rate the guy. I would have given him the Liverpool job if it was in my power and I had any love for the Reds. I think he did a fantastic job at Villa and that their struggles this season are attributable more to the loss of O'Neill than to the loss of Milner. But is he the right man for West Ham under Sullivan, Gold and Brady? A match and gunpowder comes to mind!
Our club is riven. Poor Grant inherited a mess and a reservoir of hatred because he replaced the absurdly popular Zola. A sizable proportion of our fans have been desperate for Avram to fail. They don't like the man, they don't like the way Zola was treated and they don't like Jews. Yes, antisemitism is unquestionably a factor here.
And even before he has been appointed, factions are appearing in relation to O'Neill. I don't hold with the view that he is a route one exponent, I see him as a Pardew type tactician - fast, direct, counter attacking football. His Villa teams always entertained me, but there is a lobby claiming he does not play the game the West Ham way.
Will O'Neill save us if appointed? Maybe. Would Grant save us if he stayed? Maybe. Are we more likely to survive under O'Neill? Probably. Will O'Neill hang around for long? I doubt it. Could O'Neill have had the job earlier? Probably. Has he been reluctant to take on the role? Probably. Does this bode well? No. Will we be more United under O'Neill? Very, very unlikely indeed.
Big London derby, and the Boards are full of Avram's imminent dismissal. Welcome to West Ham Disunited Martin.