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West Ham chief Sullivan has no doubts over Grant appointment

West Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan has no doubts manager Avram Grant is the right man for the job.

Grant has yet to complete a full season as a Premier League manager but will have the full backing of Sullivan, joint-chairman David Gold and vice-chair Karren Brady for the full tenure of his three-year contract.

Ahead of today's game at Aston Villa, Sullivan said: "Last season, West Ham conceded goals for fun - that won't happen this year.

"There were a lot of disruptive things going on. A change of owners, the club looking like it was going bankrupt, selling players like James Collins early in the season.

"There's a real feeling of togetherness now and that will come across in the first 12 or 14 games. We have a manager I totally believe in. And coaching staff I believe in.

"We are seasoned pros at running clubs and know harmony and togetherness is what works best and it's what we're trying to build at the club.

"If you look at the managers we picked, we are good judges. The last two managers we picked were Steve Bruce and Alex McLeish, neither of whom had any Premier League experience but are now established Premier League managers.

"We stuck with Steve Bruce during some horrendous spells. Last season, we had a crisis. I did what was necessary to gee people up. Whether it was wise or not we'll never know.

"Normally it's not the way we run a club. But relegation would have been a disaster. The criticism was a tactic I'd used before. Whether it had any impact, I do not know.

"For the next five or six years, I will be supportive. We're building a team that will take the club forward."

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