Avram Grant denies he has been given an ultimatum by the West Ham board of three games to save his job - and maintains he goes into every match like it could be the last.
Reports suggested the board - who only appointed the Israeli during the summer - have demanded at least one victory from the hectic festive schedule, or will be ready to make a change in the dugout, which could cost the debt-laden East End club around £5million to dispense with Grant's services.
"This is not true. Nobody from the board spoke with me about it," Grant declared. "I speak with the owners all the time, but I didn't speak with them about this specifically."
Grant quipped: "I will make it more simple for you - I approach every game like it's the last game of my job in football.
"When you are in the football business, especially when you are a manager, you never know what is around the corner.
"The first priority is always the next 90 minutes and that's what we are focusing on, nothing else."
Grant insists he remains fully focused on dragging the Irons off the bottom.
"I have a job to do and I never felt differently," he said.
"I am thinking about how I can succeed with my team.
"If I thought I didn't believe in this team then maybe I need to think about other things, but I believe in this team."
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