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Grant has work permit approved

West Ham confirmed last night that Avram Grant has had his work permit application approved to allow him to become the club's manager.

Work permit holds up Grant arrival

New West Ham manager Avram Grant will not begin his reign at Upton Park until later this month as he waits for a work permit.

Appointment of Grant will bring stability to West Ham, says Gold

West Ham United are expected to appoint Avram Grant as their new manager today after concluding their search for Gianfranco Zola's successor.

Franco to be released by West Ham

Guillermo Franco is to be released by West Ham after helping the club to escape relegation to the Coca-Cola Championship.

Sullivan and Gold up stake in West Ham to 60 per cent

West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have revealed their intention to eventually allow supporters to invest in the club after they increased their stake to 60 per cent. The pair, who previously owned Birmingham, took control of the Hammers in January when they bought it from Icelandic group CB Holdings.

Sullivan and Gold increase West Ham stake

West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have today increased their stake in the Barclays Premier League club to 60%.

Grant emotional after Portsmouth exit

Avram Grant described his decision to step down as Portsmouth manager last night "as one of the most difficult" of his career.

Grant heads West Ham short list

Avram Grant has emerged as the leading candidate for the West Ham manager's job as new owners David Gold and David Sullivan look to take the club forwards.

Blackburn warn West Ham against Allardyce approach

Blackburn chairman John Williams has warned rival clubs they will strongly resist all attempts to lure manager Sam Allardyce away from Ewood Park.

West Ham write cricket into plans for stadium

West Ham United yesterday submitted their formal bid to move into the £547m Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games in London. The club's plan, which has the full support of the local authority Newham Council, is to reduce the stadium's capacity from 80,000 to 60,000 and to retain the running track around the pitch so athletics events can still be staged there.

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Zola disappointed by West Ham exit

Gianfranco Zola has expressed his "disappointment" at being sacked as manager of West Ham and fired a parting shot at co-owner David Sullivan.

The West Ham manager contenders

Following the news that Gianfranco Zola has been sacked as manager of West Ham, the search for his replacement has begun.

West Ham board undermined Zola says Cottee

Former West Ham striker Tony Cottee believes the timing of Gianfranco Zola's dismissal was correct but criticised the club's new regime for undermining the Italian during his reign at Upton Park.

Gianfranco Zola factfile

A look at the Italians record after it was announced he had been sacked as manager of West Ham.

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