West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has promised the club will make the 'right appointment' as they aim to be promoted back to the Barclays Premier League at the first time of asking.

After dismissing Avram Grant in the wake of the relegation-sealing loss to Wigan on Sunday, the Hammers are actively searching for a manager to lead them back to the top flight.

Irons co-chairman David Sullivan has insisted a new man will be in the Boleyn Ground hotseat within two weeks, while several names have been linked with the job.

Former Newcastle boss - and ex-West Ham player - Chris Hughton is favourite for the position, while reports in today's media suggest Dave Jones and Paul Lambert are firmly in the running.

Brady, though, won't be drawn on potential candidates but she is confident of bringing the right man to Upton Park.

"We need a strong manager and we will make the right appointment," she wrote in her column in The Sun.

"We'll continue to put our world-class academy first and do our job off the field, but the priority is getting straight back to the Premier League."


Meanwhile, caretaker boss Kevin Keen has told talkSPORT that he would 'love to be given the opportunity' to take charge of the Hammers on a full-time basis.

Appointing the former West Ham midfielder could prove to be a shrewd move, while the 44-year-old also has an ally in Brady.

"Kevin Keen is in temporary charge. A man schooled as a player under the great John Lyall, who began his coaching work at the club under Tony Carr," she added.

"He knows the club inside out and the talented youngsters we have coming through. Listen to him on whether this club can come back stronger. He speaks his mind with passion and commitment."

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