Former Hammer Julien Faubert has slammed former West Ham manager Avram Grant
Speaking to The Athletic, Faubert said: “That guy was so antisocial. He never spoke to us, he barely took charge of the training sessions because he was always in his office, his motivation was sh*t and I didn’t learn anything from him.
“Time after time and after every game we kept seeing the same problems with very little progress.
“We tried to be positive and motivate each other but everything was so bad, from the training and preparation for games.
“It’s such a shame, because the fans were on our side until the very end.”
Faubert played 121 times for West Ham scoring twice and bagging 11 assists with a loan spell to Real Madrid.
Faubert added: “People say he is the reason why Chelsea reached the Champions League final but it wasn’t, it was down to the players.
Faubert was signed by West Ham for £6.1 million in the Summer of 2006 on a five-year contract. He suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during a pre-season friendly on 17 July against Czech side Sigma Olomouc, which was expected to take six months to recover. He finally made his first-team debut for the Hammers as a late substitute against Fulham at Boleyn Ground on 12 January 2008. His first season in English football was marked by continuing injury and he made only eight appearances in the league and FA Cup.
Faubert was given permission to speak to Real Madrid on 30 January 2009, with the move being completed on 31 January when he signed on loan until the end of the 2008–09 season for a reported fee of £1.5 million with an option for Real to purchase him on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee. Faubert made his Real Madrid debut on 7 February 2009 in a 1–0 win against Racing de Santander. His loan with Real Madrid was underwhelming.He missed training when he mistakenly thought he had the day off, and was pictured asleep on the bench during Real Madrid’s match against Villarreal. His loan spell finished with only two appearances.
Faubert returned to the Hammers for the 2009-10 season and stayed for another three seasons, even helping them back into the Premier League after their 2011 relegation.