Belfast Telegraph

Grant unruffled by Sullivan

West Ham manager Avram Grant has brushed off David Sullivan's comments after the club co-owner questioned the players' commitment and survival hopes.

The east London outfit currently languish at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League after a four-game losing streak brought a sudden end to their mini-revival. West Ham's form led to comments from Sullivan the club have a "25% chance" of staying up and are "likely to be in the Championship next year".

"I didn't read it so I can't tell you [everything] but David is a businessman," said Grant, whose side travel to Manchester City on Sunday.

"I think we have a chance to stay up. We are two points from the place that will keep us in the Premier League and of course we can do it.

"Now we have four games to the end of the season and I don't know how the chances are by percent, I am not a businessman.

"What I can tell you, though, is that we have a good chance to stay and we will do everything to do it."

Grant believes his charges need nine points to secure survival but admits seven points could be enough. However, the former Chelsea and Portsmouth boss refused to put a percentage on their survival chances.

"If I say to you now there is a 51% or 32.5% chance it doesn't matter," he said. "It only matters in money because if he wants to give 25% more to the players if they stay in the league, it is okay.

"If you put the chances of us staying up four months ago the chances were 10%, so it always changes.

"If we take four points from the next two games the chances will be more than [the current figure] and it will continue like this until the end of the season."


From Belfast Telegraph