West Ham United have confirmed that Avram Grant will remain at the club as manager.
The announcement comes after Martin O’ Neill rejected the opportunity to join the Premiership strugglers.
It is believed that O’ Neill was just one of a number of managers approached by the London club to replace the Israeli manager.
It now appears that the Premiership’s bottom club are going to stick with Grant, and have offered him their full support.
The club released a statement stating their backing of Grant, and also reacted to Tuesday’s reports in the press claiming Karen Brady, the clubs vice president, had approached members of the team to replace Grant as manager.
“West Ham United categorically deny the allegations made in today’s Daily Mirror with regard to Karren Brady, the club’s vice-chairman,” read the statement issued by the club.
“West Ham fully intends to identify the source of these unhelpful and untrue comments and remove them from the club. West Ham have placed the matter immediately in the hands of their lawyers.
The club then gave its support to Grant when it stated; “The club are committed to retaining Avram Grant as manager and have identified potential transfer targets to give us the best possible chance of retaining Premier League status.”
The London club are currently just two points off safety, and had endured a mini revival under Grant, only to see them lose by five at Newcastle, and three at home to Arsenal.
Grant will point to victories in the FA Cup, and the Carling Cup Semi Final first leg against Birmingham, as evidence to the development of his teams form.
A Carling Cup Final against Ipswich or Arsenal may bide the Israeli some time.