Hammers to land Grant
West Ham are expected to appoint Avram Grant as their new manager today after concluding their search for Gianfranco Zola's successor.
Co-chairman David Gold indicated yesterday that Grant, who left Portsmouth nearly two weeks ago, is on the brink of taking over at Upton Park.
"After an hour, we knew we could work with this manager. We are very optimistic," Gold said.
"The bottom line is the relationship between the manager and the chairman is critical.
"In our case it's two chairmen so it's even more difficult as you need to have a relationship between three people."
Zola steered West Ham to safety with 35 points last season, but was sacked soon after.
The Hammers were saved by the shortcomings of the teams below them as much as their own efforts, prompting Gold and fellow co-chairman David Sullivan to act.
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