West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has offered her support to manager Avram Grant despite the club’s poor start to the season.
The Hammers sit bottom of the Premier League five points adrift of safety having won just once in 13 matches this term.
Asked by BBC Radio 5 live if Grant would be boss at the end of the season, Brady said: “Almost definitely, yes.”
She insisted that the club’s board must also take responsibility, and that they are likely to invest in new players during the January transfer window.
“January gives us the ideal opportunity to do things help our football team,” said Brady.
“Not only is he [Grant] going to keep his job, but we also accept that we have responsibility. We are the board, we put our hands in our pockets.
“There are other things that can happen in terms of lifting the spirit, and bringing a sense of calm. That very much comes from the top.”
Grant signed a four-year contract with West Ham in June.
He took over from Gianfranco Zola, who was sacked after the Hammers finished 17th in the Premier League last season.
“We feel that it takes time,” added Brady. “We’re trying to encourage everybody that the season is not over yet.
“We did quite a bit of [transfer] business in the summer, but obviously not enough.
“We haven’t even had the discussion about whether Avram is going to be here or not. Weak-minded people press the panic button, but at the same time we didn’t want to just survive this season.”