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Grant to avoid sack

Under-fire West Ham manager Avram Grant will not be sacked on Wednesday, but a decision over his future could be taken next week.

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Grant bought himself some more time with a 2-1 Carling Cup semi-final win over Birmingham and is now rated at 50-50 to continue in the role, as the board meet at Upton Park to discuss the options for the future.

An insider told ESPNsoccernet: "Avram Grant's future depends on many factors. I think he's 50-50 to survive now for the rest of the season. There is certainly no chance of him being sacked today [Wednesday] as it has been widely predicted."

The names of Sam Allardyce, Martin O'Neill, Chris Hughton and Martin Jol have been mentioned across in the media as the men sounded out to take Grant's job and his chances of survival might depend more on whether West Ham can find the right man than if they make it to Wembley for the first time in 30 years.

Asked if he will be in charge for the Carling Cup second-leg, Grant replied on Tuesday night: "I'm not busy with this. You need to ask the person that gives the orders."

He added: "If I don't want to be here, I will go to the owner and say I don't want to be here. The other decision is not mine."


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