Brain Bliss has basically forgotten that he is trying to land the head coach Columbus Crew on a permanent basis.
The 47-year old stepped out of his technical director role to replace the departed Robert Warzycha as Crew boss earlier this month, with the interim job expected to last until the end of the 2013 season.
But after guiding the Ohio club to two wins in three matches since taking over, Bliss doesn't feel like there is no try-out as he strives to get the Crew into the playoffs.
"When all of it breaks loose, you feel like you're in an audition," he told reporters.
"Right now, I don't look at it as an audition. I'm not saying we've done the work, we haven't. But every day you've got to prove yourself as a coach and a player.
"I'm done with the mentality that I'm on trial," he added. "I can only do so much, and at the end they have to look at it and say, 'Was the work good enough or was it not good enough?'"
They currently sit eighth, four points out of fifth position in the Eastern Conference, ahead of the weekend's home clash with sixth-placed Chicago Fire.