Grant stands firm over future

Published Jan. 9, 2011 10:43 a.m. ET

West Ham's under-pressure manager Avram Grant does not expect to endure the same fate that befell Roy Hodgson at Liverpool.

Hodgson departed Anfield on Saturday by "mutual consent" and speculation has been rife that Grant could be the next Premier League manager out the door.

But Grant said he has received assurances about his position from West Ham co-owner David Gold and he is confident the club can build on an encouraging series of results.

The Hammers have won three and drawn two of their last six games, including today's 2-0 FA Cup third round victory over Barnsley and they tackle Birmingham in the Carling Cup semi-final on Tuesday.

Gold and co-chairman David Sullivan will chair a board meeting the following day.

But Grant said: "I don't think it is the same (as Liverpool). The expectation of Liverpool and the expectations here are not the same.

"The money that you have at Liverpool and the money I have is not the same.


"Are there definites in football? If there is such a thing, let me know. I work for the club for the present and future.

"I need to do my job. If I told you that your job was under threat, you wouldn't believe me and would speak to your boss.

"So I spoke with the boss and he did he not say anything like this. I don't want to keep talking about this.

"The pressure is for me to achieve what I think I can achieve at this club. I think we are getting there step by step."

West Ham were beaten 5-0 at Newcastle in midweek and Grant was satisfied with the way his men bounced back.

The Hammers could have had the game wrapped up today after dominating the first half but they were denied by a string of top-class saves from Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele.

Jonathan Spector finally beat Steele but the Hammers went off the boil after the break and Barnsley hit the bar through Adam Hammill before Frederic Piquionne wrapped up the victory.

"It was a very good game, especially in the first half. We played well and created a lot of chances. We could have closed the game in the first half," Grant said.

Barnsley manager Mark Robins said he would find it difficult to seek out the positives, despite an encouraging second-half performance.

"Make no mistake, we were second best in the first half but the second half was slightly different. It is symptomatic of our season, where we played well for 45 minutes," he said.

"It will be difficult to search for any positives. It could have been comprehensive. The positive was that we only conceded two goals and hit the crossbar."