Juventus coach Luigi Delneri insisted he will not resign even if his team suffer a fourth successive Italian Serie A defeat at minnows Cesena on Saturday.
The most successful team in Serie A history currently sit seventh in the table having lost their last three league games and seven of their last 11. But even though their form is much worse than that which saw Delneri's predecessors Alberto Zaccheroni, Ciro Ferrara and Claudio Ranieri bite the dust, Juve have remained staunchly loyal to the former Sampdoria boss.
And Delneri himself says he has no intention of abandoning ship. "In no way am I considering stepping down, not even if we lose to Cesena," he said. "I will do an exorcism. We know we cannot mess up and I hope my team will play with the right mentality and desire.
"Yesterday I had lunch with (president) Andrea Agnelli. We're not distant, I have a lot of respect for this club and I believe that is reciprocated," he went on. "I have no guarantees about my future but I have a great will to continue."
This run since the turn of the year has seen Juventus drop out of touch with the battle for a UEFA Champions League finish -- they now trail fourth-placed Lazio by 10 points.
But Delneri refuses to give up on that aim. "We have to change tack and a lot depends on other teams, but we believe as we still have many direct clashes against our rivals."
The coach admitted that he has not always made the best decisions. "Like everyone, I have regrets. When you achieve success it's down to everyone, just as it is when things don't go well," he added. "A win would give us stimuli and once again confidence in ourselves, we're on the right path."