16 May 2011

Avram Grant leaves West Ham

10:07 am on 16 May 2011

The English football club West Ham have parted company with manager Avram Grant after a 3-2 defeat at fellow strugglers Wigan sealed their relegation from the Premier League.

The club confirmed the Israeli was leaving the club just over an hour after their 18th league defeat of a dismal campaign.

First-team coach Kevin Keen will take charge for the final game of the season at home to Sunderland next Sunday.

Former Chelsea and Portsmouth boss Grant took over from Gianfranco Zola in June last year on a four-year contract.

Grant succeeded Jose Mourinho as Chelsea boss in September 2007, only to be sacked after leading them to the Champions League final, where they lost on penalties to Manchester United.

He took over at Pompey in November 2009 and defied the club's financial meltdown to steer them to the FA Cup final but could not prevent their relegation to the Championship.