By SHAUN CUSTIS:
MARTIN O'NEILL last night KO'd West Ham's bid to make him their new manager.
The ex-Aston Villa boss made it clear he was unwilling to knife current chief Avram Grant while he remains in the job.
And Grant showed he has no intention of quitting by preparing an audacious loan swoop for Liverpool's Hammers old boy Joe Cole.
The pair are close after Grant spent a year in charge of Cole at Chelsea. Troubled Grant believes Cole does not fit into new Kop boss Kenny Dalglish's plans.
An Upton Park insider said: "It's a long shot but Avram is determined to continue working normally.
"Joe did not play for Liverpool against Everton on Sunday.
"When Avram was sacked by Chelsea, Joe left him a very touching message about how much he had enjoyed working for him."