Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Sullivan ensures Grant backing

Avram Grant

Co-owner David Sullivan has insisted the entire West Ham board are "100%" behind Avram Grant, despite the club having actively tried to replace him as manager.

The Hammers were forced into an embarrassing climbdown as they finally decided to give Grant a formal vote of confidence after reportedly being snubbed in their efforts to lure Martin O'Neill to Upton Park.

A statement posted on the club's official website, www.whufc.com, read: "The club are committed to retaining Avram Grant as manager and have identified potential transfer targets to give us the best possible chance of retaining Premier League status."

Sullivan added on ESPNsoccernet: "The entire board is 100% behind Avram. He is a really decent person who deserves our support.

"West Ham United is a club that does the right thing and the right thing at this time is to support the manager.

"We will do all we can to bring in players over the next 12 days and, once we have achieved that, we hope it will keep us up. I urge all supporters to rally behind the club at this difficult time."

Tuesday's statement should appease supporters to a certain extent after they urged the Hammers board to either back or sack Grant, with former West Ham captain Julian Dicks warning the club earlier this week that they were in danger of turning into a "laughing stock" by not providing clarity over the manager's position.

He had already been allowed to bring in Wayne Bridge on loan from Manchester City and is set to make more signings before the transfer window closes. That could include Paris St Germain striker Peguy Luyindula, who has refused to rule out a January switch to Upton Park.

The 31-year-old, who has been used 17 times as a substitute in league action by PSG this season, admitted he would be tempted by a move, telling Le Parisien: "To say otherwise would be wrong. West Ham is London, and I have half my family in London. In football, nothing is impossible.

"If a club offers something that PSG cannot refuse I will leave it with my agent. I feel good in Paris, the next six months can be wonderful and I think I have a part to play in that. There may be something really good at the end."

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