Belfast Telegraph

Parker backing for under-fire Grant

West Ham star Scott Parker insists all the players are behind under-pressure boss Avram Grant, who has strengthened his defensive options with the loan signature of Manchester City full-back Wayne Bridge.

Grant appeared to be handed a reprieve after a board meeting at Upton Park on Wednesday ended with him still in place.

And he retains the full support of his players, according to star midfielder Parker, who said: "We're definitely playing for our manager."

Speculation has been rife that the Israeli is on the brink of the sack but he appears to have bought himself time to convince his employers he is the man to keep the club in the Barclays Premier League, and now Bridge has been added into the mix until the end of the season.

The future looked bleak for Grant following last week's 5-0 thrashing at Newcastle - which left the Hammers rooted to the foot of the table - but an FA Cup win over Barnsley and Tuesday night's spirited Carling Cup victory over Birmingham did his cause no harm.

Parker continued: "If you believed everything that you hear about West Ham in the press then you'd be rather a stressed man."

Grant laughed off the latest rumours about his position and Parker added: "He seems relaxed - that's his demeanour. He seems relaxed and chilled out, which I think echoes to the players as well.

"Spirit is high. I think as much as the gaffer is fighting, we're all fighting as well.

"We're all in the same corner, we're all trying to do our best for ourselves, the manager and the club.

"The manager has tons and tons of experience, so he's doing a good job."


From Belfast Telegraph