Andre Villas-Boas remains adamant that resigning from his position as Tottenham boss isn't an option, regardless of reports emerging that the club are looking at alternatives.
Spurs suffered their fifth loss of the Premier League campaign on Sunday, succumbing to Liverpool 5-0 at White Hart Lane, the second time in a month that the side have conceded five or more goals.
Speaking on the topic of his immediate future in his post-match comments, Villas-Boas was reported by Neil Ashton and Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail saying:
That's the only thing I can't control, it's not my call so I can't say anything else. I have to get down to work, that's the only thing I can focus on. The call to make that decision is not mine, because obviously I won't resign and I'm not a quitter.
The only thing I can do is work hard with the players to get them back on track. This is a top-four squad but in our Premier League form we are not there.
Tottenham were enjoying a two-match winning run prior to Sunday but have now won just four of their last 11 matches and sit seventh in the table, five points away from the top four.
This is after the North Londoners began life without Gareth Bale in confident fashion, winning four of their first five Premier League matches this season. However, they have failed to recapture the same fluidity in open play as they once had with the Welshman in their ranks.
However, the Mirror's Oliver Holt believes that the acclimating squad is reason to keep the former Porto and Chelsea helmsman on:
Shocking defeat for Spurs yesterday but think AVB should be given more time. Spurs have got a new team. Can't expect it to gel immediately— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) December 16, 2013
All five of Tottenham's defeats this season have come without a response from the North Londoners, with Liverpool joining Manchester City, Newcastle United, West Ham and Arsenal in beating Spurs to a scoreline of nil.
It shows a lack of fight from a squad which, as Villas-Boas mentions, is of top-four potential but is still jelling together and adapting to life in the English top flight.
Ashton and Mokbel go on to discuss the prospect of the Portuguese manager being replaced in his role, writing:
Levy is already lining up a successor to Villas-Boas—possibly in the form of a temporary manager—and will axe the former Chelsea boss if he can secure his man.
However, Villas-Boas pledged not to resign, despite admitting he has never faced a worse home loss in his career than the drubbing at the hands of Brendan Rodgers' rampant Reds.
It's not the first time that Villas-Boas has gone through some festive issues, with Spurs suffering four defeats in five matches between October and November last season.
Is it the right time to get rid of AVB?
As things stand, Tottenham are the lowest-scoring side in the top half of the table with just 15 goals, Roberto Soldado not having had the desired effect in the club's striking ranks.
However, the club are suffering in all aspects and now only Newcastle have conceded more than Spurs among top-half sides, increasing anxiety at the Lane.
In his time as the club's chairman, Levy has seen five different managers be relieved of their duties at Tottenham, with a sixth in the offing if results don't improve soon.