West Ham midfielder Luis Boa Morte remains convinced manager Avram Grant is the right man to keep the club in the Premier League.
The Hammers are currently propping up the table and were denied a day out at Wembley after losing to Birmingham in the Carling Cup semi-final on Wednesday night.
However, the midfielder has revealed Grant has been acting as a psychologist, telling players not to have negative thoughts of relegation.
"The rumours all year about our manager leaving and players heading for the exit have not been good," Boa Morte told The People.
"We need to stay calm and improve our football because I am adamant that this squad is not the worst in the Premier League.
"Avram Grant is working with great effort and so are the players, but this season we have not had any luck in many matches.
"The coach is like a psychologist in our group, and he says it is possible to save our league status.
"So I am convinced that if we can put back-to-back wins together then our whole outlook can change."