Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp insists walking away from football has never crossed his mind, even during his recent heart scare.
It is less than a month ago that the Spurs boss underwent a minor heart operation to unblock coronary arteries.
He missed two games after being forced under the knife, but returned to the dugout for a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on Monday.
The 64-year-old's appetite for the game did not diminish during his time away from the sidelines, even if the stresses of management are as intense now as they have ever been.
Instead, Redknapp claims to be feeling better than ever and has made it clear that he has no intention of bringing the curtain down on a coaching career that has spanned some 28 years.
"It never entered my mind," he said when asked if he had thought about stepping aside.
"It drove me mad, sitting at home. I had a bad couple of weeks but now I feel better than before.
"I have been chasing (my wife) Sandra around the kitchen a lot. She asked them if they could reverse this process!"
Redknapp is hoping to guide Tottenham back into the Premier League's top four this season, but to do that he knows he must retain the services of his top players.
Gareth Bale falls into that category and the Spurs boss insists the Welsh winger will be going nowhere, despite rumours suggesting Barcelona are closely monitoring his situation.
"We have never spoke to anyone (about Bale)," Redknapp said.
"If you start selling your best players where does it end? You have to say we'll be a mid-table team. If you want to be a top team you've got to keep your best players."
Spurs are also keen to bolster their ranks, but Redknapp is unsure whether a deal will be agreed to bring loan star Emmanuel Adebayor on board on a permanent basis.
"He is on a big contract at Man City and it is not a contract he can get here. He'd have to take a big pay cut," Redknapp said.
"But who knows? I am sure that if anyone will be able to put a deal together, it will be the chairman."