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Breaking News: Grant confirmed West Ham Manager

[Posted 03 Jun 2010]
Breaking News: Grant confirmed West Ham Manager

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As predicted by earlier this morning, the Israeli Avram Grant has been confirmed as the West Ham Manager for the next four next years.

Some few hours ago, the West Ham management announced on the Hammers website the conclusion of the deal to bring the former Portsmouth coach to Upton Park.

Grant led Portmouth to a decent showing towards the end of the Barclays English Premiership, though the financial administration took the steam out of their engine and relegation became inevitable. He also led Portsmouth to the FA Cup finals where they lost to English Champions Chelsea. His last days at the Fartton Park team were both emotionally rewarding and frustrating for most of the season due to financial uncertainties. For some weeks since his resignation from Portsmouth, Grant has been strongly linked with the vacant Hammers coaching job. The Israeli must be very relieved and he sounds a satisfied man.

"I'm proud and honoured to be the manager of West Ham. It's an exciting challenge and I'm ready to do my best," Grant told the Hammers website.

West Ham co-Chairman David Sullivan is equally relieved that they finally got their man.

"I am delighted to welcome Avram to West Ham and am confident he will prove a success. We have taken our time over this appointment and are certain we have got the right man", Sullivan stated on his club's website.

The Hammers finished just a rung above the relegation zone, 17th on the lob with 35 points from 38 games in the just-ended season. Grant is expected to ensure that the club finishes in a respectable position. With his experience coming from cash-strapped Portsmouth, the Hammers leadership hopes that Grant will be able to make the most out of a shoe-string budget that he is expected to work with. Wet Ham themselves are not totally out of the financial doldrums yet, having just emerged from a 110 debt.


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