TONY PULIS is adamant he will not be walking out on Stoke, but could offer no assurances over his future beyond this season.
Speculation has surfaced this week Pulis would quit City once the 40 -point target is reached, potentially as early as Saturday should the Potters beat Norwich at the Britannia Stadium.
But after meeting owner Peter Coates on Tuesday for lunch, Pulis insists no word was uttered of a potential early exit.
"We sat there for three or four hours chatting away about everything, and he never mentioned anything about whether I was leaving or not," said Pulis.
"If I was going to walk away then I would have told him by now, and I certainly didn't mention anything about walking away.
"This football club has been absolutely fantastic to me. The Coates family are wonderful, wonderful people to work for.
"My respect for them goes a lot further than just closing a door and walking away.
"People who know me know I'm not somebody who just walks off into the sunset."
Launching a vigorous defence of himself, given the criticism that has flowed over a wretched second half of the season he said: "At a club like ours you can have good times and bad times in the Premier League.
"For seven and a half years at this football club, I don't think I've done too badly, and I don't think the club has done too badly either.
"Do you get judged over a bad period of three months? Or do you get judged over a period of time?
"Everything is instant. Everybody wants results, results and results, and if you don't get them I understand.
"I'm big enough and experienced to know if you don't get results in this job then there is pressure on you, and you have to deal with that pressure."
But even if Pulis keeps Stoke in the Barclays Premier League for a sixth consecutive season, he cannot currently state whether he will be around for the next campaign.
It is more than likely he will face further talks with Coates at the end of the season.
"Let's get to 40 points and then we can start talking about everything else," added Pulis.
"I hope and want to be here, but it's everybody else, and the two most important factors in this are the family and myself.
"I've not said anything and the family haven't said anything."
Asked whether he could do more, or whether he had taken the club as far as they could go, Pulis said: "There is still work to be done and other areas that can be improved.
"I hope I'm the man to do it, but it comes down to the Coates family and myself getting together and talking about it.
"But if you're asking me if I'm happy, I've always been happy at this club."