Chris Coleman claims he has the full backing of Fulham chairman Mohamed Fayed — but insists he would rather quit than change his backroom staff.
Boss Coleman is under pressure as he heads for Liverpool tonight on the back of three straight defeats and with Fayed having axed two club directors in a cost-cutting cull.
And a defiant Coleman, who has clashed with directors in his support for assistant manager Steve Kean, is adamant he will not accept any meddling.
He said: “While I’m at this club, my No 2 will be Steve Kean and my goalkeeping coach will be Dave Beasant.
“I’m more than happy with my management team.
“They haven’t become bad at what they do in the space of three games.
“There’s been a reshuffle in the boardroom and it’s been linked with me and my backroom staff.
“Coupled with the fact we have lost three games, everyone is starting to ask questions.
“But I’ve always had the full backing of the board and it’s fine. My relationship with my chairman and the board remains good.”
Coleman is the longest-serving of Fayed’s seven Fulham managers after almost three years as boss.
And the Welshman has no regrets about slaughtering his team for an abject display in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Everton.
He said: “You are either strong enough to get through these periods or not — and if you are not, we all know what happens.
“I’ve been favourite to be the next manager sacked for the last three years.
“I don’t tell lies or makes excuses. I don’t like to talk like a politician.
“The last two performances against Arsenal and Everton have been unacceptable.
“It’s pointless me camouflaging how poor we were.
“I’m embarrassed by our away record and so are the players.
“Liverpool will be rubbing their hands knowing we haven’t won away all season but we have to stand up to them.”