After numerous rumours about Avram Grant’s future as manager of West Ham, the board has decided to give him a stay of execution.
Pressure had been mounting on the Israeli with the East Londoners sitting bottom of the league after 22 games and doubts had been cast over his future at the club.
But after suffering just one defeat in seven matches, the Hammers’ board has decided to give the 55-year-old more time at the helm.
The 2-1 Carling Cup semi-final first-leg win over Birmingham on Tuesday has helped ease the pressure on the former Chelsea boss who feels he has been treated unfairly, speaking to BBC Sport he said: “We are one point from Wigan, Fulham and others but with them everything is quiet.”
West Ham midfielder Mark Noble spoke highly of Grant and insisted that the manager has the full support of his squad, speaking after Tuesday night’s result Noble said: “So much has been said over the last couple of weeks and months, but you can see how the boys worked tonight, if they didn’t like the manager I don’t think you would have got that effort off them. That shows we’re behind him and we’re playing for the club and that’s what we need to do.”
Bridge completes move.
Wayne Bridge has joined West Ham on loan from Manchester City until the end of the season.
After rejecting an offer to join Aston Villa the 30-year-old completed a medical at Upton Park on Wednesday evening and will be available for selection for Saturday’s clash against city rivals Arsenal.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the left-back said: “I am delighted to sign for West Ham United. I am just looking forward to meeting everyone at the training ground, starting work and getting out on the pitch and playing in front of the fans. I am glad the loan is sorted and I’m ready to play.”
Bridge spoke of his ambition to help the Hammers avoid the drop this season: “It will be great to play a part in helping keep West Ham in the Premier League. It would be a big achievement.”
Bridge, who has made three league appearances for City this season, will be a vital asset to the Irons’ defence as they have been without a natural left-back since Herita Ilunga suffered an injury against Everton on December 28.
Gunners eye Upson.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has highlighted West Ham’s Matthew Upson as a possible signing to help solve his defensive crisis, The Independent has revealed.
The Gunners’ boss is in the market for another defender after Thomas Vermaelen suffered another injury setback and Sebastian Squillaci picked up an injury during Arsenal’s FA Cup clash with Leeds. Wenger has said he would prefer a centre-back with experience in the Premier League and believes Upson would be able to adapt to playing in the centre of defence for Arsenal very quickly.
Upson, a former Arsenal player, is known to be looking for a way out of Upton Park as he is not content with the current state of affairs currently affecting the club and with his contract expiring in the summer, Arsenal may be able to pick the English international up on the cheap this month.