Green light for Grant at Hammers

New West Ham United manager Avram Grant can now get on with his job after he was handed a work permit from the Home Office on Tuesday evening.

The Israeli, who guided Portsmouth to the FA Cup final last season, penned a four-year contract at the Upton Park-based club last week and he immediately added former Aston Villa and Stuttgart midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger to his playing ranks ahead of the 2010/11 Premier League campaign.

Co-owner David Sullivan announced on Saturday that the Germany international would make his way to the Hammers and fellow chairman David Gold is delighted Grant, who succeeds the departed Gianfranco Zola, has now been handed his visa.

Speaking to the club's official website, he said:"Avram is very charismatic, he has great humour and I believe that he will be, hopefully, one of the great managers that West Ham have had in years.

"I am absolutely delighted with the choice. I feel we've chosen a very special man."

The 55-year-old spent a brief and tumultuous spell as manager at Chelsea after he replaced Jose Mourinho in September 2007.

He guided the Blues to the League Cup final where they lost 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur as well as a second-placed Premier League finish.

More heartache was to follow as Chelsea lost in the Champions League final to Manchester United on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Moscow and, just three days later on May 24, his contract was terminated with immediate effect.

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