Roberto Di Matteo vowed to "keep working" after Chelsea's crushing Champions League defeat at Juventus put him firmly in the firing line.
The manager who masterminded the greatest climax to a season in the Blues' history could find himself their latest dead man walking if they become the first holders to crash out of the competition before Christmas.
Last night's 3-0 loss in Turin - their heaviest ever in a group match - put them on the brink of doing just that, with Chelsea relying on a Shakhtar Donetsk side who have already qualified beating Juve to let them off the hook.
They must also win their own final Group E game against Nordsjaelland or risk the wrath of Roman Abramovich, whose trigger finger is already said to be itchy.
Pep Guardiola is still waiting in the wings, while there is even talk of Rafael Benitez or Avram Grant being parachuted in as a stopgap, in much the same way Di Matteo was last season.
Asked if he was confident he would still be in charge for the final group game and beyond, the Italian said: "At the moment, I think, with the team we are all in it together.
"At the moment, I am here and I think I will be for the future.
"It's probably not a question you should ask me but, as far as I'm concerned, I'll keep working."