Sunderland boss Ricky Sbragia has no regrets taking the job.
He said: "I don't regret taking the job. It is hard work but it's enjoyable when you're winning and really hard when you lose.
"I still want the job. I'm contracted and there always has been speculation from the first day I took the seat, but I just hope to retain our status and have a few jars with Niall afterwards. There's no way I thought I'd be a manager a year ago, but when it comes to the nitty-gritty and you're asked, you have to take it.
"I knew the sole aim was staying in the Premier League. I had hoped we'd have done it by now, and we've had six or seven games to sort it but haven't done that, which is a concern. But it's still in our hands and we're not depending on anyone else but ourselves on Sunday.
"Everything stops and starts with me, it's as simple as that. I never blame players because everything is down to me and if I get results I'm OK. I know what I've taken on and what I had to do, and hopefully by Sunday I will have achieved that."