David Weir, the Sheffield United manager, insisted he will not resign following last night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat by Hartlepool.
But Weir, who took charge at Bramall Lane in June, admitted to being “unsure” whether he would be allowed to remain in the post following an “embarassing” sequence of results.
United departed the pitch to a chorus of boos after bowing-out of the tournament to League Two opposition.
Asked whether he feared the sack, Weir, who kept his players locked in the dressing room for over an hour after the final whistle, said: “I don’t fear anything. I have never been afraid of anything in football and it’s not something I plan on changing now.
“No, I don’t resign. I’ve not had any ultimatums (from the board). What I do is what I’ve always done and that is come in to work and always work hard.”
Weir, replying to a question about whether United’s directors would be tempted to wield the axe, responded: “I’m unsure.
“I’m aware that it is results we will be judged on but we will be doing everything we can to find the solution out there.”
Former Manchester City striker James Poole scored the only goal of the second round tie.
It meant United, who had earlier seen Conor Coady shave the woodwork before Neill Collins went close at the death, enter Sunday’s League One fixture with Coventry City searching for their first win since last month’s penalty shoot-out success over Scunthorpe in the previous round of the competition.
“I told the players how disappointed I was,” Weir said. “They are disappointed too. We need to improve. We need to work hard and get better.”