Belfast Telegraph

Redknapp: Give Grant a chance

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has urged West Ham to stand by under-fire manager Avram Grant.

The Hammers are rooted to the foot of the Barclays Premier League after a dismal start which has seen them pick up only one point from five matches. Failure to take anything from a hotly-contested derby against the Hammers' bitter local rivals Spurs on Saturday will only add further questions about Grant's future at the club.

"I don't see why you'd give someone a job and then consider letting them go after three or four weeks," said Redknapp.

"He has only just got there. That doesn't make sense. I'm sure he will do a good job there.

"I think he's there for the long-term. He'll do a good job there if he's given time."

Grant was brought in to the club as they attempted to move on from GIanfranco Zola's failed two-year term, which ended with the east London outfit narrowly avoiding relegation.

Redknapp thinks a squad with the likes of Scott Parker, Matthew Upson and Robert Green is good enough to avoid a potentially-crippling relegation to the npower Championship.

"It's going to be tight down there," said Redknapp.

"All the teams that have come up have played well.

"Wolves, who came up the previous year, played well when we played them last week, they are a very good side. They're not relegation candidates so it's certainly going to be very tight this year but I certainly don't see West Ham being one of those teams that's going to struggle to stay up."


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