Grant defiant over future
Avram Grant again defended his position at West Ham following their FA Cup victory over Barnsley.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 08/01/11 9:12pm
Under-pressure West Ham manager Avram Grant has again defended his position following their victory over Barnsley in the FA Cup.
Earlier on Saturday it was confirmed that Roy Hodgson had been sacked by Liverpool and the Hammers coach is adamant he will not be the next Premier League boss to face the managerial chop.
Despite his under-fire status, the Israeli saw his side beat a resurgent Barnsley outfit 2-0 at Upton Park to add to a recent tally of good results.
The Hammers have won three and drawn two of their last six games, including their FA Cup third-round victory, which saw Jonathan Spector and Frederic Piquionne find the net.
"I don't think it is the same (as Liverpool). The expectation of Liverpool and the expectations here are not the same," said a defiant Grant.
"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 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."
After being smashed 5-0 in midweek at the hands of Newcastle United, Grant made several changes to his team and left Scott Parker and Matt Upson on the bench in favour of his contingent of youth.
And the changes paid off as unlikely cup hero Spector netted his third goal of the season and Piquionne put the game to bed in injury-time.
"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."