Heat is still very much on for Hammers’ boss

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Avram Grant survived the week of the long knives for Barclays Premier League managers, but if the press are to be believed he has to win at least one of the next two games, which are away to Fulham and home to Everton.

Grant himself has denied this to be the case, saying that no such demand was made of him by the board and unusually for the Hammers’ owners they have kept quiet over the supposed truth of those reports.

True or not, if he does fail to win either of his next two games, while I’m sure he will disappointed if he lost his job I hope he will admit that perhaps he isn’t the man to carry the team up the league. But while he is the man in charge, every Hammers’ fan should get behind him and the team as it’s the next set of games over Christmas that will finally raise our hopes or realise our fears as after the two games mentioned above we then face Wolves on New Year's day at Upton Park.

I believe that we need to take seven points out of the next three games, ideally that will be three against Fulham, one against Everton and three against Wolves and my reasoning for that is we are currently only three behind Fulham so a win there will put us level with them.

A point against Everton at home may not be ideal but the Toffees have won on their last three visits to the Boleyn and - finish that up with a win at home to Wolves who are also scrapping with us down in the relegation zone - it could be a very fruitful festive period for the Hammers.

One other thing going in our favour is that the league is so tight if we could pick up those seven points I hope it would be enough to carry us out of the bottom three and, even if it doesn’t, we wont be detached from the pack above us and may still leave us hope.

The last time the Hammers were bottom on Christmas day we ended up relegated, but amazingly in that season, 2002-03, the Hammers only lost one game from the end of February until the end of the season. Unfortunately that game was away to Bolton who finished only two points above the Hammers come the end of May. Coincidently the Hammers had only 13 points after 18 games that season as well, and were relegated with the most amount of points any team has gone down with - 42.

This was in a team that was dubbed too good to go down as it consisted of five England internationals and another who is now an England regular. No team can ever think after that, that they are too good to go down.

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