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Grant denies being on borrowed time at West Ham

West Ham boss Avram Grant has denied speculation that he has been given a limited amount of time by the Hammers board to save his job. Recent media reports claim Grant, who took over the reins at Upton Park from Gianfranco Zola in the summer, must win one of his next three games or face the axe.

The Hammers are currently four points adrift of safety having claimed just one win from their previous 11 Premier League games.

"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 remains fully focused on dragging the East End club off the bottom and remains convinced his team can pick up the points they need to stay in the top flight.

"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.

"They showed good spirit last week against Manchester City and that is what I need to focus on.

"I don't need to think about what is happening in one week or one month because I need to think about things that I can control and not things I cannot control.

"I think we have a good chance to stay in the league, and that we have a good chance of following our vision for the club, being a very good club next year.

"We know what we want from ourselves, but for the moment, we need to take points to do it.

"It's not a good situation, but it is something that is possible. It's hard, but we can do it."

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