Chris Hughton's position as Norwich City manager is safe - as long as the club do not fall into the bottom three, according to chief executive David McNally.
Norwich are on a run of eight games without a win following their 3-0 defeat at Fulham in their FA Cup third-round replay on Tuesday.
Supporter disquiet is mounting, with Malky Mackay's name being chanted by the travelling contingent at Craven Cottage on Tuesday night.
Mackay, who was a firm favourite during his six years as a player at Carrow Road, was dismissed by Cardiff City on 27 December.
"Chris is preparing the team for Saturday's game," McNally said.
"The brief to Chris was to keep us out of the bottom three, we are not in the bottom three and it is to keep us out of the bottom three so that is what we have to do. We would not contemplate relegation at our football club.
"In a sporting sense it [relegation] is worse than death.
"We are absolutely focused on ensuring that this great football club stays in the Premier League, too many people have worked too hard and for so long to put the club in the Premier League so we would do everything in our power to ensure that it not only stays in the league but thrives in the league.
"The brief for Chris when we were in the bottom three earlier in the season was to get us out and keep us out of the bottom three and move us up the table.
"There is no change there. If you don't produce the results then ultimately that is how you will be measured."
The 55-year-old has been in charge at Carrow Road since he succeeded Paul Lambert in June 2012 and led City to an 11th-place finish last season.
City are currently two points - and three places - clear of the relegation places in 15th spot.