Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat insists he has “no regrets” about shelving his retirement plans and returning to the club in the summer.
And the Dutch head coach has revealed he would walk away from Sunderland if he did not feel he was the right man for the job - but he has no intention of doing so.
Sunderland are bottom of the Barclays Premier League after failing to win any of their opening six matches in the top flight, the latest defeat coming at Bournemouth on Saturday.
The Black Cats boss is looking for a reaction from his players when they take on Manchester City in the third round of the Capital One Cup at the Stadium of Light tomorrow night.
Asked if he had any regrets about deciding to shelve his retirement plans, the 67-year-old replied: “No, no regrets.
“Listen, let’s be clear: if I feel that it is better that somebody else takes over, I’m the first man who will say, ‘It’s better for the club, I will go’, believe me.”
When pressed on how close he might be to calling it a day, Advocaat added: “Very far, because we did not have a pre-season with the players and now we can see that they are coming a little bit to the level [required].
“But you still have to gel the combination with players, etc, etc.
“We will try tomorrow a little bit differently, and I’d like to see what they do.
“But I still have a good feeling about this squad and if we have 40 points, I think we have enough.”