Hull City chairman Adam Pearson insists there are no replacements lined up for manager Phil Brown.
Brown will be given time to prove he is still the right manager to keep Hull City in the Premier League but remains very much on trial at the KC Stadium.
"Phil is definitely the man in charge; there are no plans to sack him and nobody is lined up [to replace Brown]," said Pearson. "We want him to succeed and would all be delighted if he is able to continue for years to come."
Even so, Brown knows he has much work to do before Pearson will be fully convinced of his ability to turn Hull's hitherto disappointing season round.
"I am trying to offer Phil Brown as much support as I can," he said. "I still genuinely believe in the skills and ability he showed in managing the club to win promotion to the Premier League and during his first six months last season. I am working with him to help to get back to that level of focus."