Avram Grant: West Ham will be fully prepared

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Manager Avram Grant has revealed that he will prepare West Ham United for Saturday's trip to Stoke City but he will not personally be in the dugout at the Britannia Stadium.

The Israeli coach has confirmed media reports that he would not be at the match due to a clash with the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur.

But Grant, who delayed taking the reins at former club Chelsea due to a similar clash three years ago, has dismissed suggestions that the Hammers will be unprepared for the trip north.

"I will have all the input except I will not be in the dugout," he explained."The meeting with the team, the talking with the team, the tactics, the training and the preparation for the team is the same.

"The staff know exactly what they need to know in any situation and so do the team."

The Hammers are currently rock-bottom of the Premier League table after four successive defeats this season, but Grant insists he never considered changing his mind about missing Saturday's game, adding:"It is the one day I have respected since I was a child and unfortunately it came on a Saturday this time.

"The team will be ready. We prepared the team. I will not be in the dugout, but that's why we have staff. I have a good staff and the team will be ready 100 per cent and that's what is important."

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