Hammers aim for swift return
The Hammers languish bottom of the table with just two games remaining, including Sunday's vital clash with fellow strugglers Wigan at the DW Stadium. Anything less than victory will end the east Londoners' six-year stay in the top flight after results went against them on Saturday, with both Blackpool and Wolves securing victory. Relegation will cost Gold and business partner David Sullivan more than £40million, but the former insists dropping into the Championship will not be the end of the world for the Hammers. "I am not confident [we will stay up]. We do need a small miracle," he said. "I am optimistic that we will do our very best to stay up. It is difficult as you can see. "We are four points behind with two games to go. We need to win both of ours and hope that our competitors don't win their two games. "Is it possible? Yes. I think it is doable. "We will set out to win our games and hope for the best, praying the worst [doesn't happen]. "We have budgeted for the worst. We have planned for the worst and hope for the best. "We are confident that we put together a good squad in the event that we are relegated. "We are not relegated yet, we have two games to go but I want to assure our fans so they know that in the event that the worst comes to the worst that we will do everything in our power to ensure we come straight back." With the Hammers teetering dangerously close to the precipice, speculation has been rife that manager Avram Grant could be exiting the club even if survival is secured. Several managers have been mooted as potential replacements and Martin O'Neill seemed destined to step into the role in January. Asked whether he still convinced that Grant was the best man for the job, Gold retorted: "Well, first of all it is such a massive, massive thing that happens. "The difference between the Championship and the Premier League is huge. "If you are talking about whether we will be in the first division or the second division next year then the difference is tiny. "You can sort of half plan what is going to happen. "But this is so huge that you can't so you have to wait and sit down at a time when you know exactly where you are. "That is when you sit down, as we have done over the past 18 years. "We have sat down with our managers at the end of the season and that is what we will do here."