Paulo Sergio insists the result of Saturday's William Hill Scottish Cup final will have no bearing on his future as Hearts manager.
Sergio is out of contract after the clash with Hibernian, the first all-Edinburgh Scottish Cup final since 1896.
Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov and director Sergejus Fedotovas will be at Hampden, before discussions with Sergio over his future next week, and the Poruguese said: "I haven't spoken to Mr Romanov for three or four months. I miss him. Nothing, the cup or whatever, is going to influence how much I want to stay or not."
He continued: "It's about what we're going to do. What is the project? What can we do? And see if that is good for me and for the club.
"That's the main decision we have to take and we have meetings to make that kind of decision.
"After if we're going to have an agreement, common interest, very good. If not, okay I have to find another job. That's life. That's normal.
"With the job I have, I shouldn't be emotional, because when you are emotional sometimes maybe you are not focused the way you should be to do the correct things, to take the correct decisions."
Hearts won the trophy in 1998 and 2006, but Hibs last triumphed in the competition in 1902.
Sergio places no additional emphasis on the contest because it is a derby.
He said: "This is a statistic. That doesn't make the game different for me. We understand for supporters, for the media it's a different game, but for us, if we are really great professionals, we should be doing every single game - it doesn't matter against who - the things we should do."