I’m in charge of Irons, growls Grant

Gianfranco Zola reportedly had a fractious relationship with the

east London club’s co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold and

was sacked following a troubled campaign. Grant, who has signed a

four-year deal, is delighted to be at Upton Park and said: “I’m

very happy to be here. It’s a good club. “It’s only been my first

days and what I’ve seen so far is good. Good people, good squad. I

like it. “They (Sullivan and Gold) are so passionate about the

club. Our relationship is good. I’m the manager, I pick the players

and they know that.” Grant was keen to emphasise that he will be

looking to build a squad for the future, with a mix of youth-team

players and experience. “What happened in the past happened in the

past. I’m looking for a new beginning, ” he added. “The economic

situation not so easy, but not just here. “Our target is not only

for next season but for the next seasons. We want to progress. We

want our academy to progress. “We want the team to progress. We

want to build a platform that will progress each year and I’m sure

we will do it. “We want to progress with good players. The players

from the academy are doing a good job, but we need good experienced

players with talent too.”