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West Ham's Karren Brady backs manager Avram Grant


West Ham will not panic on Grant - Brady

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has given her backing to manager Avram Grant despite the club's struggles.

The Hammers sit bottom of the Premier League five points adrift of safety having won just once in 13 matches.

Asked by BBC Radio 5 live if Grant would be boss at the end of the season, Brady said: "Almost definitely, yes."

She insisted that the club's board must also take responsibility, and that they are likely to invest in new players during the January transfer window.

"January gives us the ideal opportunity to do things help our football team," said Brady on Tuesday, three days after the club's 0-0 draw at home to Blackpool.

"Not only is he [Grant] going to keep his job, but we also accept that we have responsibility. We are the board, we put our hands in our pockets.

"There are other things that can happen in terms of lifting the spirit, and bringing a sense of calm. That very much comes from the top."

Israeli Grant, who led Chelsea to the 2008 Champions League final and Portsmouth to last season's FA Cup final, signed a four-year contract with West Ham in June.

He took over from Gianfranco Zola, who was sacked after the Hammers finished 17th in the Premier League last season.


"We feel that it takes time," added Brady. "We're trying to encourage everybody that the season is not over yet.

"We did quite a bit of [transfer] business in the summer, but obviously not enough.

"We haven't even had the discussion about whether Avram is going to be here or not. Weak-minded people press the panic button, but at the same time we didn't want to just survive this season."

The east London club face Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday, and host Manchester United in the Carling Cup quarter finals at the end of November.

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West Ham 0-0 Blackpool
13 Nov 10 |  Premier League
West Ham 2-2 West Brom
10 Nov 10 |  Premier League
Birmingham 2-2 West Ham
06 Nov 10 |  Premier League
Avram Grant is new West Ham boss
03 Jun 10 |  Sport
Gold & Sullivan take over Hammers
19 Jan 10 |  West Ham

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