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Irishman set to take over at Hammers

AVRAM GRANT’S time as West Ham manager is due to end this weekend with Martin O'Neill coming in as his replacement.

The former Chelsea and Portsmouth manger’s position has been under scrutiny for weeks following the Hammers poor form which sees them languishing at the bottom of the table in the Premier League.

However, Grant (inset) looked to have staved off the threat of losing his job after guiding them to just one defeat in the last seven games. But it has been reported that the Israeli will be sacked after this evening’s game with Arsenal at Upton Park – no matter what the result is. Grant did not receive a message of support from West Ham's board following the 2-1 victory over Birmingham City in the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final on Tuesday.

David Gold and David Sullivan, the co-owners, and the club's vice-chairman, Karren Brady, did not get in touch this week to offer any assurances regarding his job. It has also been revealed that the Hammers have already met with former Celtic and Aston Villa boss O'Neill - who looks ready to take the reins of a top-flight English club once again.

O'Neill left Aston Villa at the start of the season, but now looks set to accept the challenge of keeping West Ham in the Premier League.