Avram Grant remained defiant despite reports he had been in charge of West Ham for the last time in the 3-0 home defeat by Arsenal.

The Irons boss was widely expected to lose his job, regardless of the result, with Martin O'Neill ready to step in to try to retain their Barclays Premier League status.

Grant went on the defensive when the issue of his future was raised and said: "Why do you ask me this question? Where was these reports? You know who gave you the rumours. Ask the person, not ask me. When I will give you something, ask me."

Arsenal, who moved to within two points of top spot, showed the Israeli's team no mercy as goals from Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott put them in command at half-time, before the Dutchman wrapped things up with a penalty on 77 minutes.

Despite having guided the east London club into the semi-finals of the Carling Cup, where they beat Birmingham here in midweek to move within 90 minutes of Wembley, the patience of owners David Gold and David Sullivan - who only appointed Grant during the summer - appears to have run out.

While the club were officially making no comment, Grant's public spat with vice-chairman Karren Brady over the collapse of Steve Sidwell's proposed transfer having appeared to have brought matters to a head. At the final whistle the Israeli shook hands with his players as they left the pitch, before applauding the fans and throwing his claret and blue scarf into the stands in what appeared to be a farewell gesture.

However, Grant maintained: "I have done this at the last few games, throw my scarf to the children who are there. It was emotional to see the reaction of the supporters after the game, we had lost 3-0 and they were so supportive.

"It was touching to see this, so I did what I did. You need to respect the supporters, that is what I did."

Grant vowed to continue in his position until told otherwise.

He said: "I live my life to do my job, but I cannot say it has helped. Still, I need to do my job, that is what is important. I understand, but there has not been one question about the game."

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