Unlike a couple of guys who post comments on here, I am more than happy to admit when I am proved wrong - and boy was I wrong about Sullivan and Gold, in the short term at least.
They were decisive when they removed Zola, and whilst those who hate Grant will say the Avram appointment was more to do with the shared absence of a foreskin than his ability as a manager, I disagree. The squad Zola left behind was a mess and with the astronomical wage bill built up under Duxbury's "watch", there was little or no scope for movement until relegation secured automatic salary reductions and triggered a flood of departures. The interesting question is whether a calculation was made and relegation embraced as the only way of clearing the decks and starting afresh. Anyway, Grant operated on a transfer shoe-string and the squad was woefully inadequate - even Redknapp would have struggled.
What has followed has been little short of incredible. A week after relegation, who would have believed that 18 months on we would be back in the Prem with a squad boasting Joe Cole, Andy Carroll, Matt Jarvis, Kevin Nolan, Alou Diarra, Mo Diame, Wellington Paulista, James Collins and Vaz Te? If rumours are correct, the club is also doing its level best to recruit a decent left back. And we are only one week into the January window!
And who has departed? Rubbish, more rubbish, still more rubbish - and Scott Parker. And as I always maintained, shipping out Parker was a necessary step in rebuilding the team. Noble holds better, has more vision and is not "the story" every time West Ham play. And, of course, even on 40k per week, Nolan is only earning half of what Parker was creaming in. Nolan or Parker? Who wins more games? No contest, as I maintained when Parker was named Player of the Year even as we finished rock bottom and after Nolan scored four times as many goals for Newcastle and assisted twice as many as Parker.
And although I am opposed to the move to the Olympic Stadium, I have to concede that, thus far, the owners have negotiated superbly.
Of course, it could all go tits up - we are West Ham after all - but at this stage you have to give out the plaudits. Yes I expect Sullivan and Gold to make a tidy profit in the long run, but who cares, we are enjoying it!