Grant poised for Hammers job

Avram Grant is set to be appointed the new manager of West Ham United after resigning as Portsmouth boss on Thursday evening.

Grant, who was strongly rumoured to be on a short-list to replace the sacked Gianfranco Zola at Upton Park, ended his turbulent reign at the south coast club with an open letter to supporters.

The Israeli coach and former Chelsea boss spoke of the deep feeling he had for Pompey following his decision to walk away.

Pompey became the first club in the Premier League era to enter administration back in March and were relegated from the top-flight following a nine-point penalty.

However, against the odds they reached last weekend's FA Cup final, where they lost 1-0 to Chelsea.

"I might be leaving Portsmouth physically, but you cannot take Portsmouth away from me and my heart," he said in an open letter to the club's fans.

"I will never forget you, the loyal fans of Pompey who, without a doubt, helped me protect the team under such complex circumstances.

"I can never fully repay the faith and backing I got from the fans, players and staff who gave a hundred per cent.

"I truly thank you all for granting me the opportunity and the privilege to be part of your special city and unique club."

Grant is now set to be swiftly confirmed in the West Ham hot-seat.

He, Sam Allardyce, Dave Jones and Ian Holloway were all reported to be on a short-list of candidates drawn up by Hammers co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan when they parted company with Zola following a disappointing Premier League campaign.

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