Former West Ham captain Julian Dicks has accused David Gold and David Sullivan of turning the club into a "laughing stock" over their failure to end the growing speculation over Avram Grant's future.

Grant's position looked increasingly precarious after Saturday's 3-0 defeat to Arsenal was preceded by intense speculation that Martin O'Neill had been sounded out about the possibility of replacing the Israeli. But the club have since been silent on rumours that Grant was being lined up for the sack.

Dicks said: "All I know is what I have seen in the newspapers and on the television - I heard one minute that Avram was leaving, then the next I hear it's Martin O'Neill who's coming in, and then he isn't. We're becoming a laughing stock really."

He added: "They (Gold and Sullivan) have the best interests of the club and the supporters at heart, I'm sure, but they need to come out and end all this speculation and say `we support you` or they should sack him.

"They need to get this sorted out so everyone can start concentrating on the football again."

Despite leading the Hammers to the Carling Cup semi-final, Grant has so far only been able to register four league wins and his team are two points adrift of safety having played at least one more game than their relegation rivals.

Should the Londoners replace Grant with O'Neill, Dicks thinks the former Leicester boss would be a good appointment.

"I would like to think Martin O'Neill would do a good job for the club," said Dicks, who now manages non-league Grays Athletic.

"He is an experienced and very passionate manager and has had a lot of success at all the clubs he has been at.

"There are a lot of managers out there that are out of work and apart from Roy Hodgson maybe, he is the highest-profile one of the lot."

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