Former captain Julian Dicks labels West Ham a 'laughing stock'

Former West Ham captain Julian Dicks has accused David Gold and David Sullivan of turning the club into a "laughing stock" over their failure to end the growing speculation over Avram Grant's future.

Grant's position looked increasingly precarious after Saturday's 3-0 defeat to Arsenal was preceded by intense speculation that Martin O'Neill had been sounded out about the possibility of replacing the Israeli.

Grant insisted that he was still in charge following the loss, which kept West Ham rooted to the foot of the league, but fans groups have strongly condemned the owners for their failure to either back or sack the former Chelsea boss.

The club have been silent on rumours that Grant was being lined up for the sack today.

Now Dicks, who became a West Ham legend after playing over 250 times in his 10 years at the club, has called on the pair to end the rumours about Grant's future.

He said: "All I know is what I have seen in the newspapers and on the television - I heard one minute that Avram was leaving, then the next I hear it's Martin O'Neill who's coming in, and then he isn't. We're becoming a laughing stock really.

"They (Gold and Sullivan) have the best interests of the club and the supporters at heart, I'm sure, but they need to come out and end all this speculation and say 'we support you' or they should sack him.

"They need to get this sorted out so everyone can start concentrating on the football again."

Despite leading the Hammers to the Carling Cup semi-final, Grant has so far only been able to register four league wins and his team are two points adrift of safety having played at least one more game than their relegation rivals.

Should the Londoners replace Grant with O'Neill, Dicks thinks the former Leicester boss would be a good appointment.

"I would like to think Martin O'Neill would do a good job for the club," said Dicks, who now manages non-league Grays Athletic.

"He is an experienced and very passionate manager and has had a lot of success at all the clubs he has been at.

"There are a lot of managers out there that are out of work and apart from Roy Hodgson maybe, he is the highest-profile one of the lot."

With West Ham around £90million in debt, Dicks knows that money is tight at the club but insists that any new manager must be given transfer funds to improve the current squad.

"They need to bring in four players quickly," said the 42-year-old.

"They need a central midfielder to play alongside Scott Parker and they need a striker that is going to score goals and work hard for the team.

"They could do with a right-back and a centre-half too."

Gold and Sullivan admitted that the club would face "Armageddon" if they were relegated when they took over last January.

The former Birmingham owners have cut the West Ham's debt and reduced costs but Dicks admits being relegated could have a devastating effect on the club.

"Nobody wants to get relegated from any division, let alone the Premier League. It would be unthinkable if West Ham got relegated," Dicks added.

"It would be financially catastrophic for the club if they went down. There are debts at the club and the players' wages are huge.

"I couldn't imagine paying £75,000 to Championship player."

Sam Allardyce, meanwhile, has refused to comment on speculation linking him with the post.

"Avram has not been released from his position so it's not for me to speculate on that," the former Blackburn manager told Sky Sports News.

News
Ben Little, right, is a Labour supporter while Jonathan Rogers supports the Green Party
general election 2015
News
The 91st Hakone Ekiden Qualifier at Showa Kinen Park, Tokyo, 2014
news
Life and Style
Former helicopter pilot Major Tim Peake will become the first UK astronaut in space for over 20 years
food + drinkNothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
News
Kim Wilde began gardening in the 1990s when she moved to the countryside
peopleThe singer is leading an appeal for the charity Thrive, which uses the therapy of horticulture
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Sport
Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring a second for Arsenal against Reading
football
Life and Style
health
Voices
An easy-peel potato; Dave Hax has come up with an ingenious method in food preparation
voicesDave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
News
i100
News
Japan's population is projected to fall dramatically in the next 50 years (Wikimedia)
news
Life and Style
Buyers of secondhand cars are searching out shades last seen in cop show ‘The Sweeney’
motoringFlares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own