Schalke coach Mirko Slomka says he is not going to quit the club despite coming under pressure to walk away.
Recent arguments within the first team squad, plus defeats in the Bundesliga and Uefa Cup have left the 39-year-old in a precarious position, but Slomka remains defiant.
“I will fight for this job, for the work that I have done so far and for the work that the team has put in,” he told Kicker.
“There is no way that I will be giving up. I won’t let anyone destroy everything I’ve achieved.”
Slomka also responded to press reports linking former Fenerbahce coach Christoph Daum with the club.
“The topic Christoph Daum is like a running joke for me,” he added.
“Usually there are around eight coaches linked with a job in a situation like this, but at Schalke it’s always only Daum.
“He is an excellent trainer and I like him as a person, but I am trainer here.
“I took on this job in full knowledge of any possible consequences and I want to bring my work to a decent end. I’m more than ready for a fight.”