Grant building for Hammers future

West Ham manager Avram Grant is choosing to take a long-term view at his side’s progress, despite their lowly position in the Premier League.

The 2010/11 campaign has been a slow burner for the Hammers, with a torrid opening giving cause for concern.

They have, however, started to show signs of improvement, with a first success of the season collected against Tottenham on Saturday.

That victory helped to lift the club off the foot of the table and rekindled belief within a star-studded squad.

Grant, who took charge at Upton Park over the summer, hopes the corner has now been turned.

He accepts that it will take time to return West Ham to the upper echelons of the game, but he is happy with the progress being made at present.

The Israeli believes hard work and a determined attitude will be key to his plans this term, and he was pleased to see those attributes on display against Spurs.

"We have a project, not just for one year, but to put West Ham in the right place," Grant said.

"We don’t have a lot of money to spend so we choose hungry players who want to succeed. You saw (Victor) Obinna, you saw (Frederic) Piquionne."