Stoke boss Mark Hughes has hit back at the suggestion he is on the brink of losing his job.
The Potters are 17th in the Premier League, a point above the relegation zone, having lost five of their last six games.
And it has been reported Hughes faces the sack if they lose Saturday’s home clash with West Brom.
Asked about that on Friday, he said:
“I don’t think that is where we are at to be perfectly honest.
“The media will set time lines and time tables on it, but that is not what is happening within the corridors here in my view.
“We are not where we expected to be – that’s fair to say, and I think we all acknowledge that.
“But I would be more concerned if I felt the side didn’t have the capability of getting points on the board from this point on.
“We are a decent group. I think a lot of the comments come from people who haven’t even bothered to actually watch any of our games – they are just picking up on hearsay and things they’ve heard.
“Then they elaborate and embellish things in terms of their understanding of what is going on.”