Slaven Bilic saved himself from the sack with a win over Swansea
Bilic would have had one more game against bottom of the table Sunderland next weekend if his side had not beaten the Swans.
Sources close to the club have said that Bilic who is under contract until the end of next season could still be axed by co-owners David Gold and Dave Sullivan in the summer.
The Hammers have endured a nightmare since leaving Upton Park at the end of last season but Cheikhou Kouyate all but ensured their Premier League survival.
Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini and Reading’s Jaap Stam are both on The Hammers wish list to replace Bilic who has been told he wont be getting a new deal.
Bilic was ecstatic at the final whistle
Hammers, still not safe from relegation, opened an eight point gap over third from bottom Swansea and relieved manager Slaven Bilic said: “For the amount of pressure we were all under we gave it our all and it‘s such a relief.
“The crowd were behind us and kept with us for 90 minutes. Big for us against a team below us. It was good, really good. We have to stay positive now.
“We still have a big job to do. We have opened a gap but I want to be safe as soon as possible and I have told the players. It’s going to be hard but I want the magical number of 40 as soon as possible.
“As for me…I am relaxed about my job. It’s not just me but the players. They are well-paid blah, blah but we have to do things right from now on.
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“I am popular here, I like here but the crowd, the press is demanding. It is not my first job I know what to expect. I am not bothered. I liked it when the chairman called me after Hull and Arsenal. He said ’being calm, we trust you’.
“He is in my office every game. We get on. He is very polite, both chairman are polite. We will do well if we believe in what we can do.”
Hammers skipper Mark Noble, playing his 400th game for the club, is now suspended for two games after his fifth booking of the season.