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Portsmouth duo join Avram Grant at West Ham

PUBLISHED: 10:34 08 July 2010 | UPDATED: 16:14 05 October 2010

paul Groves and David Coles have followed Avram Grant to Upton Park

paul Groves and David Coles have followed Avram Grant to Upton Park

Newly appointed West Ham boss Avram Grant has made his first signings at the club, bringing coaches Paul Groves and David Coles to east London from former side Portsmouth

Newly appointed West Ham boss Avram Grant has made his first signings at the club, bringing coaches Paul Groves and David Coles to east London from former side Portsmouth.

Senior coach Groves is seen to be a replacement for Steve Clarke, while goalkeeping coach Coles will fill the shoes of Kevin Hitchcock and will work alongside Kevin keen.

The pair worked with Grant on the south coast and were keen to remain in the top tier of English football after cash-strapped Portsmouth were relegated and Coles is looking forward to the challenge.

"I am delighted to be here, It is a fantastic club with a great reputation and obviously it is a major force in the Premier League," Coles said.

"I am quite a loyal person but this is the biggest club I have been to in my time as a coach. I am excited about the new season."

Groves is equally excited and has been buoyed by the atmosphere around the east London side since arriving.

"There is a very good feel to the place," he said.

"There are good people here and a good welcome. I am very pleased to have this opportunity. I am very aware of the history and everything that goes with West Ham.

"I am looking forward to the challenge and you feel as though you have joined a football club with great traditions.

"Hopefully the fans will see the team playing some good entertaining football and getting results. They have been brought up that way and we need to do that but also give them the wins that send them home happy.

"That is everybody's aim. We know it will be hard work and some hard work to be done on the training pitches before we get started.

"The supporters have a fantastic reputation in terms of enthusiasm and passion but also knowledge. They know what they want and they expect it every time they come to watch a game. We are aware of that.


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