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Grant still confident of survival

West Ham manager Avram Grant has responded to comments from co-owner David Sullivan that the Hammers are 75% likely to be relegated by insisting he believes in his squad's ability to avoid the drop.

• Sullivan expects relegation

The Hammers travel to Manchester City on Sunday as major underdogs and could be five points adrift of safety by the time they take to the field at Eastlands with Blackburn, Blackpool and Wigan all having home games they would consider winnable.

Grant is remaining focused on the task at hand and will not be distracted by comments from the board room, and suggestions that the club's out of contract players are not giving their all.

"I did not read or hear what David Sullivan said," Grant is quoted as saying by the Sun. "But I can say this - every player at this club has done everything they can to try and help the team stay in the league. I trust all of them.

"If you are professional by condition, it doesn't matter if you have a contract, don't have a contract, if your wife smiles at you, if the owners say nice things about you ... I don't believe in these things. It doesn't matter as long as a player is professional by heart.

"Also, when a player is in the last days of his contract he wants to prove himself because he wants a new contract.

"I am not a businessman like David. What I can tell you, though, is that we have a good chance to stay up and we will do everything to do it. It doesn't matter what percentage I rate our chances. If I say to you now there is a 51% or 32.5% chance it doesn't matter.

"It only matters in money because if he wants to give 25% more to the players if they stay in the league, it is okay. If you put the chances of us staying up four months ago the chances were 10% so it always changes. If we take four points from the next two games the percentage will be more than this but it will still continue until the end of the season.

"They want us to stay in the league. But the most important thing for the players, even if the owner says they are the best players in the league, is to focus on what we need to do on the pitch. I am focused on these things and not other things."


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