Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce has played down reports that he has just two games to save his job.
Pearce’s side have lost their last four Premiership games and have slipped dangerously close to the relegation zone, while their woes were compounded with Sunday’s FA Cup defeat to Blackburn.
City face Chelsea on Wednesday and Middlesbrough on Saturday – but Pearce said: “My job doesn’t boil down to losing the next two games.
“This is a fantastic club to work for and I plan to be here for much longer than that.”
And the City boss vowed to bounce back from what has been the most difficult period of his managerial career.
“I expected Manchester City to be further up the league table,” he admitted.
“I plan to be successful in my career as a manager. I do not plan to back away from things and hide when things are not going so well.
“I will keep working hard, that is for sure. We will not feel sorry for ourselves.”
Pearce believes the City players are all pulling together to try to reverse their fortunes, despite claims by skipper Richard Dunne that there were divisions within the ranks.
He said: “I don’t think there are splits in the camp, I just think that everyone is frustrated.
“Spirit-wise, the camp is pretty good. The only way to turn around the negativity among fans is to win the next game.”