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Karren Brady attacks West Ham players over FA Cup exit

Karren Brady, the West Ham United vice-chair, has criticised the club's first-team squad for losing to Stoke City in the FA Cup quarter-final last week, and said she will be less inclined to allow them to go for warm weather training again during a mid-season break.

Karren Brady attacks West Ham players over FA Cup exit Avram Grant and his players spent three days in Portugal in the buildup to the tie.

Writing in her column in the Sun, Brady said of the defeat: "I make a quick calculation that today's FA Cup defeat at Stoke is costing us about £1.2m. Neither did we get much of an immediate return on the players' warm-weather break in Portugal so there will be another hard think before I agree to it again."

Brady and Grant clashed this season following revelations in her column that she had vetoed a deal to bring Steve Sidwell to West Ham from Aston Villa, after the manager had already said publicly the midfielder would definitely sign.

At the time Grant said: "Maybe I will have a column in a newspaper and say what I think."

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Jamie Jackson, for guardian.co.uk on Saturday 19th March 2011 16.00 Europe/London

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