Roberto Mancini is not convinced he will be sacked by Manchester City if they fail to finish in the top four.
The Blues` ambitious owners laid down a top-four spot as the target for this season, in addition to an end to the club's 35-year trophy drought.
Although there have been a number of setbacks along the way, City remain on course to achieve both objectives as they head into Sunday`s clash with Sunderland.
"It is very important that we reach our targets but I don't know whether my future is dependent on me finishing in the top four," he said. "I don't think so - I have a three-year contract.
"In any case, we don't want to finish fourth. We want to finish third."
Mancini's men head into the weekend fixtures in fourth, four points ahead of Tottenham, who have a game in hand and are still to visit Eastlands in what looks like a crucial encounter on May 10. In addition, City have a mouth-watering FA Cup semi-final with Manchester United at Wembley on April 16 ahead of them.