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Relief for West Ham as Grant issued work permit

New West Ham boss Avram Grant has been issued with a work permit by the Home Office and can take up his post with immediate effect. Hammers chairman David Gold expressed his pleasure that the new manager's arrival had been rubber-stamped.

"Avram is very charismatic, he has great humour and I believe that he will be, hopefully, one of the great managers that West Ham have had in years," Gold told the club's official website. "I am absolutely delighted with the choice. I feel we've chosen a very special man."

The 55-year-old agreed a four-year contract with the club last week and joins shortly after leading Portsmouth to the FA Cup final.

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