Avram Grant does not believe 35 points will be enough to avoid relegation from the Premier League this season - but is confident of maintaining West Ham's top-flight status.
Grant insists he has the backing of the club's owners as he prepares for Saturday's vital London derby against Arsenal and says his team - who remain rock bottom of the table, yet have lost just one of their last seven matches - can stay up if everyone at Upton Park accepts the reality of their relegation struggle.
Grant said: "I believe very much in this club, but I believe we need to look in the mirror and see what we are now. We were not Barcelona in the last year and the years before.
"I don't say anything against the people in the past but our target is very clear: not to be relegated. I'm sure there is a very good future here at West Ham if we do the right things."
Grant, who has been under intense pressure over the past two months with Martin O'Neill linked with the job at Upton Park, says he retains a strong working relationship with the club's joint owners, David Gold and David Sullivan.
Nevertheless, failure to take anything out of the next two tough games against Arsenal and Everton could see him jettisoned before the second leg of the League Cup semi-final against Birmingham.
Grant said: "We were speaking about the situation and David Gold was very supportive. In the last game David Sullivan and I were speaking about players to make the squad stronger. We are busy about this."
Wayne Bridge is likely to make his debut at left-back against Arsenal after his loan signing from Manchester City, and Grant is confident of adding two or three more players to his squad before the January transfer window closes.
He confirmed that one of those targets was Tottenham's Robbie Keane after Spurs boss Harry Redknapp had intimated interest from the Hammers.
Grant said: "We have a few targets we want to bring in. It's not a secret that I am friends with Harry and I speak with him every couple of days. He (Keane) is a player we want to bring for sure. We are dealing with this."
The deal does not appear close, however. Grant, meanwhile, poured cold water on reports that defender Matthew Upson could be on his way to Arsenal.
"I'm sure if Arsene Wenger wanted a player from me I would have got a call from him but I didn't receive a call," Grant said. "He is our player. He is very committed to the club."
Grant believes his team are amid the best form of their season, despite having lost 5-0 to Newcastle in their last league encounter.
Wins against Barnsley in the FA Cup and Birmingham in the Carling Cup have boosted confidence and Grant said: "We are developing. Three months ago we were playing good football but football is about results. We are improving also because the spirit is very good, which you saw the other night. I feel every game we can win."
He also believes there will be many twists at the bottom in the second half of the season and to avoid relegation any club must get close to the fabled 40 points.
"We will have many changes in the table," Grant said. "Nothing will be decided this month. It is not just football - it's about spirit. There will be seven teams or more (involved in the relegation battle).
"Last season it was 35 points; this season I don't think 35 will be enough. I don't know how much more but it's very important to be strong against the teams around you."
West Ham, meanwhile, received a boost in their bid to move to the Olympic stadium when the biggest West Ham independent supporters group voted 75% in favour of a move.