West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is understood to be clinging on to his job, as the New Year points target set by the Hammers hierarchy looks unlikely to be reached, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold demand five points from their remaining three games of 2013 against Manchester United, Arsenal and West Brom.
The Hammers owners are wary of running the risk similar to staying loyal to Avram Grant in 2011, that led to eventual relegation from the Premier League.
The Upton Park team currently one point from the relegation zone, with 14 points from 16 games.
Also on their mind is the likely move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016, and the prestige that Premier League football brings.
Speculation has only increased by the dismissals of Andre-Villas Boas and Steve Clarke in recent days, with both men possibilities if the Upton Park job became available.
Clarke's link is also strengthened following his three-year stint at the club as assistant manager.
Allardyce moved to defend his recent bad form, pointing to to admirable defensive record of his team:
"We have got eight clean sheets so far this season. That is a brilliant return as we only got 11 last season.
"We all know that the [scoring] goal factor that has not made the difference for us and had that been better we would be higher up the league."
West Ham's poor form and lack of goal-threat has been more visible through the absence of striker Andy Carroll, who hasn't featured all season.
Allardyce was confident last week, when asked about whether the club would stick by him:
"The owners have always shown patience in difficult situations, I hope that will be the same - I'm sure it will."
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