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Parker backs Grant

Filed: Thursday, 13th January 2011
By: Staff Writer

Scott Parker has dismissed rumours suggesting Avram Grant has 'lost the dressing room'.

The United vice-captain, who was part of the team that narrowly beat Birmingham in the first leg of the Carling Cup semi final on Tuesday night laughed off the reports, saying:

"We're definitely playing for our manager. If you believed everything that you hear about West Ham in the press then you'd be rather a stressed man.

"He [Grant] seems relaxed - that's his demeanour. He seems relaxed and chilled out, which I think echoes to the players as well. Spirit is high. I think as much as the gaffer is fighting, we're all fighting as well.

"We're all in the same corner, we're all trying to do our best for ourselves, the manager and the club. The manager has tons and tons of experience, so he's doing a good job."

Parker - who is set to start against Arsenal in this weekend's big London derby - believes that the Hammers can continue their good run of recent form in which they have picked up four wins in all competitions from their last six games, with just one defeat during that period.

"We are feeling positive," he continued. "We've been on a run of good form if you take the Newcastle result out of it. Other than that, we have picked up some good results.

"We'll go into the Arsenal game confident - it's a London derby and hopefully we can pick up some more points."

Grant - who was widely tipped to be on his way out yesterday - refused to confirm whether he would still be in charge of the club come the end of the month following Tuesday's win against Birmingham.

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