West Ham have acquired their fair share of managers over the last ten years, and not all of them have been good!
1. Alan Pardew
Some may see this as a strange choice, as Pardew went under fire for leading the team through its worst run in seventy years, however Alan got the team up to ninth place in the Premiership, and got the Hammers to the FA cup final in 2005/06. Personally, I was much aggrieved by the decision to fire him.
2. Alan Curbishley
Curbishley's time managing West Ham is possibly best known for his resignation over an argument about transfers, however Curbishley did lead the team through the famous "Great Escape" and in the following season got the team to a respectable tenth place.
3. Sir Trevor Brooking (Caretaker)
Brooking was described as "the best manager West Ham never had." In his first spell as caretaker manager in April/March, he recorded two wins and a draw against top teams. In the Championship in the next footballing year, he only lost one of his eleven matches before Pardew came in. He was backed by many fans to become full-time manager but he dismissed managing as having too much pressure.
4. Sam Allardyce
Big Sam is not best known for his beauty on the pitch. But you've got to give it to him that he does get results. He has recorded the club's best win percentage (albeit in the Championship) and got the Hammers off to a decent start in the Premiership.
Talking to an Arsenal fan, who had previously resented Allardyce, he said that he had to admire Allardyce's honest team-talks, bringing the journalist through a run-down of a game.
5. Kevin Keen (Caretaker)
Keen joined the Hammers as a coach in 2002. He went on to get promoted from U18s coach, to U18s manager, reserve manager, first team coach, and caretaker manager. He managed West Ham over three spells, the first being the two day gap between Pardew's departure and Curbishley's arrival, and he managed also the team on the pitch only once, losing 2-3 to a decent West Brom side. His final appearance as West Ham manager was after Grant had gone and he managed the team out for the last game of the season. Keen made no secret of his desire to be top dog, and indeed, I hoped that him and his youth policies would make it, but Allardyce was taken up.
6. Glenn Roeder
In his first season in charge, everything seemed to be going right for Roeder, however half a year and two brain tumours later, Sir Trevor Brooking got a few wins at the end of the season, but the team was relegated with 42 points.
7. Gianfranco Zola
Days before his sacking, Zola said that he would not be forced to change his style of play. The board backed him, but he was fired in the end. Zola instantly connected with the fans on his arrival. He also used the youth system very well, with stars shining under him such as Stanislas, Hines and Collison.
8. Avram Grant
Although Grant had a better overall win percentage than Zola, I still place him behind as at least Zola encouraged the correct values.
Grant's reign was probably the most difficult part in my following of the Irons.The general down-beat mood around the matches and in the press eventually led to the relegation of the team and sacking of the club's first Non-European. Grant recorded the "Worst win percentage league games recorded of the club's permanent managers (18.92%)"
Some people may want to swap Pardew and Curbishley, which I understand. However I choose to defend my placings as I beleive that Pardew brought more to the club.
Other people will also swap Brooking and Allardyce which I accept.