Brian McDermott insists he has not given up on staying at Leeds United - despite the ongoing speculation about his future.
Leeds owner Massimo Cellino - who initially sacked McDermott in January before going back on his decision - has suggested he will stick with him.
And McDermott insists he remains fully committed to the Elland Road outfit.
"Leeds United fans don't give up. Leeds United's manager won't give up because of that," he told the Yorkshire Post.
"I haven't given up and the players gave everything (against Derby). That's a really good side we've played with a great manager who's done a fantastic job.
"The things that have gone on here make you a better manager because you know you can tough situations out. I've certainly had to tough this out but there was never any doubt in my mind that I would tough it out and try to get us to the next stage.
"The next stage is the summer and building again. I might need to draw breath and find a bit of time but then I want to get on with things again."
Cellino continues to suggest he will keep faith with McDermott and told the BBC: "I must be 100 per cent confident in my coach at the start of the season. I must have a coach who is very good on the field and helps me manage by choosing players.
"I'm looking for that and then when the season starts I must be sure - if it's McDermott or anyone else - that we must not be insecure. We must be sure about what we are looking for.
"We are engaged (with McDermott) for two years of his contract and that's important because we can't waste money. I can't just change manager and bring another cost to the club."