Grant delighted by Parker award

Parker has enjoyed arguably the best season of his career despite

featuring in a side fighting against Premier League relegation. As

well as winning the FWA prize, Parker’s club form saw him

shortlisted for the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of

the Year award and establish himself back in the England squad.

Having touted him as the Premier League’s best throughout the

season, Grant again lauded the midfielder’s attitude and aptitude

on Friday and added the recognition of talent outside the top teams

is good for the sport. “You know I think he deserves it,” he said.

“It is good for him, it is good for football. “Not every time you

need to choose players from the top teams. “Everybody is interested

in the top teams but he did a lot for the team, a lot for football.

“He was also good in the games he played for the national team, but

for us he’s not just a good footballer but a good person. “I think

today everybody who is involved in football and is watching all

over can see it is good to be a good footballer but it is important

to be a positive person. “And he is the second man from West Ham to

win the award after Bobby Moore, which says something. “Bobby Moore

was one of the greatest ever.” His performances this season have

led to reports numerous clubs are after his services in the summer,

but Grant remains confident Parker will stay at Upton Park. “Until

the summer we have a very long time but I am very positive that

Scott will stay because he knows what the future of the club is,”

he said. “He knows we are going to try and do things better to

moved forward and he is a big part of it so I think he will stay.”

Parker is out of tomorrow’s crunch Premier League clash at Chelsea

with an Achilles problem, which also saw him miss last weekend’s

2-1 home defeat to Aston Villa. Grant admits his absence is far

from ideal as the 19th-placed Hammers fight for survival, although

the Israeli believes the Hammers can cope without him. “He is very

important to our team and we don’t like it when he doesn’t but

sometimes this is the situation in football. We need to deal with

this,” he said.