Tony Pulis is adamant he will not be walking out on Stoke, but could offer no assurances over his future beyond this season.
Speculation has surfaced this week Pulis would quit City once the 40 -point target is reached, potentially as early as Saturday should the Potters beat Norwich at the Britannia Stadium.
But after meeting owner Peter Coates on Tuesday for lunch, Pulis insists no word was uttered of a potential early exit, saying: "If I was going to walk away then I would have told him by now, and I certainly didn't mention anything about walking away."
"This football club has been absolutely fantastic to me. The Coates family are wonderful, wonderful people to work for.
"My respect for them goes a lot further than just closing a door and walking away.
"People who know me know I'm not somebody who just walks off into the sunset."
Launching a vigorous defence of himself, given the criticism that has flowed over a wretched second half of the season he said: "At a club like ours you can have good times and bad times in the Premier League.
"For seven and a half years at this football club, I don't think I've done too badly, and I don't think the club has done too badly either.
"Do you get judged over a bad period of three months? Or do you get judged over a period of time?
"Everything is instant. Everybody wants results, results and results, and if you don't get them I understand. I'm big enough and experienced to know if you don't get results in this job then there is pressure on you, and you have to deal with that pressure."