Hammers set to appoint Grant

West Ham United are expected to name the former Chelsea and Portsmouth boss Avram Grant as their new manager later this week.

The 55-year-old Israeli left crisis-club Pompey less than a fortnight ago and is believed to be at the top of joint chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold's wish-list.

The Hammers parted company with Gianfranco Zola last month after he had guided them away from the Premier League's relegation zone.

Gold was quoted as saying:"After an hour, we knew we could work with this manager. We are very optimistic.

"I think it's time for the football club to get some stability with people that have been there, done that and got the T-shirt.

"The bottom line is the relationship between the manager and the chairman is critical. In our case it's two chairmen so it's even more difficult as you need to have a relationship between three people.

"We want to put together a team that was better than last year. We were very fortunate. Normally 35 points gets you relegated.

"What we need is a manager who has achieved, has experience. We are not in a position where we can take on young, inexperienced managers."

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