Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier insists he is at "the wrong club'' if his job is already on the line.
Houllier believes February would be a fairer time to judge him when the senior players returning to action after lengthy lay-offs are back to full fitness and sharpness.
Villa have slipped too close to the bottom three for comfort after Tuesday's 4-0 mauling at Manchester City - and tomorrow have to visit champions Chelsea. A section of fans voiced their disapproval at Houllier and the players after the defeat at Eastlands. But Houllier has taken comfort from the support of club owner Randy Lerner.
He said: "Am I fighting for my job? If I have to do that, then I am in the wrong club. I don't think so. I know that at some stage you go through difficult times. In difficult times you see the people around you - and they have been top class. Mr Lerner knows we are going through a difficult period. Even with Martin (O'Neill) there was a period when they weren't winning games.''
Houllier added: "What's a fair timescale for me to be judged fairly? Well I didn't expect to go that down (the table). But at the same time I think it's an exciting challenge, even more so. What I need is to get some players fighting together to get some results and see where we are in February.''
Houllier's revised training methods have not been popular with some players but he will not change his beliefs.
He said: "We train more. When there is a change, there is always resistance to change. There have been a lot of headlines about double training sessions but we only had one such session - and that was during an international break. But, if you say 'would you go back to training less and having a different style of play' I would say no.''
Houllier will welcome defender Richard Dunne back into his plans for the Stamford Bridge clash. Dunne was involved in an alleged training ground bust-up with assistant manager Garry McAllister over tactics although this has been played down by Houllier.
He said: "Dunne is back because his performances have improved in training. He was never out of the team because of some bust-up I was reading about. He had a word which lasted half a second with Macca (McAllister). I took him out of team because he was under performing and he was not the only one. I have watched all the training he has done and I think I'll give him the chance.''
Midfielder Stephen Ireland could also soon return to the fold after being urged to "work harder'' by Houllier.
Houllier said: "With Stephen, we will see. I have been pleased with him. He has a different attitude to the beginning so he will be soon back. But I've got to find a balance in the team at the same time. I've got Agbonlahor, Young, Heskey, Downing, who all are attacking type players.''