Grant sure of Hammers' backing
The Hammers sit rock bottom of the Premier League after their encouraging run of form over the festive period was brought to a shuddering halt by Wednesday's 5-0 defeat at Newcastle. West Ham face Barnsley in the FA Cup third round on Saturday and then Birmingham in the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final on Tuesday night. Gold and co-owner David Sullivan will chair a board meeting the following day, leading to speculation that Grant has the two cup games to save his job. But the Israeli said his routine Friday conversation with Gold focused not on his future but on strengthening an injury-depleted squad for the rest of the season. "To live in this club is to live with the rumours. It is a matter of what your boss is telling you and I have a good relationship with the owners," Grant said. "I don't think they are shy guys to tell me something else. One of them (Gold) is here and we are only concentrating on how to make the squad stronger. "When you sign a manager you sign up to a philosophy and you have to know what you are doing. In this club we know what we are doing, we know our vision for the short and long term. "Despite all that has happened we will continue with our vision. My way will stay the same way. I will not change." Grant said he was surprised by the speculation over his position following the Newcastle defeat, given they had picked up eight points from a possible 12 over Christmas and the New Year. "They say you are only as good as your last result but in our last five games we drew two and we won two. One of those was at Fulham, which is a difficult place to go, and one of them was a six-pointer against Wolves," Grant said. "You have to analyse the whole situation and the owners are happy." Grant missed out on signing Steve Sidwell but he has now shelved plans to bring in a new midfielder, following the return to training of Thomas Hitzlsperger. A new striker and a left-back are top of Grant's priority list - and he admitted they will struggle to escape the relegation dogfight without those new recruits. "Everybody is aware of the financial situation. The owners took over the club in more than £100million of debt and they are doing everything to deal with this situation," Grant said. "We need a stronger squad. We have a lot of long-term injuries and we will do everything to make the squad stronger because we need it, otherwise it will not be easy to continue like this. "We are trying to deal with this situation." With the semi-final looming in midweek, Grant is likely to send out a much-changed team to face Barnsley. Youngsters Jordan Spence and Zavon Hines could both start. "Tomorrow you will see two young players who are the future of the club," Grant said.