Claude Puel has insisted he expects to remain at the Southampton helm next term, rejecting claims he is fighting for his St Mary's future.
The Saints boss revealed his shock at reports claiming he must improve the south coast club's results before the end of the campaign to retain his job.
Southampton have slipped to two defeats and a draw in their last three matches, but former Nice manager Puel claims to have his club's continued backing.
Asked if he is preparing for next season as normal, Puel replied: "Yes of course, of course.
"I came here for a project, to continue this work to improve all these young players.
"Many players have become starting players this year, like Maya Yoshida, Oriol Romeu, Jack Stephens; so it's important to continue this role and keep building the future of Southampton.
"I've been surprised to see these reports (about his future), because it seems for me it has been an interesting season with many games."
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Manchester City are up to third in the Premier League, and they were well worth all three points at St Mary's. Vincent Kompany opened the scoring with his first league goal since August 2015 before Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero finished Southampton off on the counterattack.
Kevin de Bruyne is running riot. His tendency to drift into crossing positions on the right has caused Southampton problems all day and his latest floated cross is headed in by Sergio Aguero at the back post. Great football.
Seconds after seeming under big pressure, Manchester City have put this game beyond Southampton with a brilliant counter-attack.
David Silva's pass releases Kevin de Bruyne and the Belgian races through before squaring the ball for Leroy Sane, who nervelessly slots the ball under Fraser Forster. That, surely, is that.
For all Manchester City's attacking talent it's a defender who breaks the deadlock for them at St Mary's. Vincent Kompany rises highest to meet David Silva's out-swinging corner and power a header beyond Fraser Forster before celebrating wildly with the travelling fans.
We're through 45 minutes at St Mary's and aside from two early chances for Sergio Aguero, Manchester City have struggled to create clear chances against a disciplined Southampton defence - though they should have been awarded a penalty when Fraser Forster brought down Leroy Sane.
The home side have actually created the best opening, but Dusan Tadic blazed over unmarked in the box and we're still waiting for a breakthrough.