Claudio Ranieri insists he was not going anywhere after Watford suffered a heavy 3-0 home defeat to Norwich in the Premier League, maintaining that he "never gives up".
Josh Sargent struck twice to lift Norwich out of the relegation zone as Watford finished the game with 10 men, piling more pressure on Ranieri.
Sargent's improvised flick broke the deadlock before he headed home from a well-weighted Milot Rashica cross for the Canaries' second of the match.
Emmanuel Dennis was shown a second yellow card soon after for a high foot on Max Aarons, before Norwich added a third in added time when Juraj Kucka diverted a ball from Adam Idah past Daniel Bachmann and into his own net.
"No I don't go away, I want to continue because I am a fighter," Ranieri said when asked about his future.
"I never give up in my career, this is a good team but they must change the mentality, some players have to follow (Moussa) Sissoko and (Tom) Cleverley, the two captains, this is my word."
The result ensured the Hornets remain without a win since their shock 4-1 triumph over Manchester United in November, but they have only now slipped into the relegation zone for the first time this season.
Watford, though, do not have a history of sticking with under-pressure managers and it could be a crucial week for Ranieri, who described the match beforehand as a "cup final", although afterwards was left bemoaning the lack of team spirit.
"First of all, I want to say sorry to our fans for the defeat... ," the Italian manager said.
"Now my goal is to pick up the players who pick up with heart, as Sissoko and Cleverley, players with heart, the right mentality Premier League is a tough league and only those who want to fight and play for the squad can continue in this way."
The result lifted Norwich two points above the relegation zone, having climbed above their opponents and earned the praise of manager Dean Smith.
"I mean, it's great to get the back-to-back wins in this league. It's hard enough as a newly-promoted team to win any game, but we've got back-to-back wins," Smith said.
While Norwich are now 17th, they have played more games than all of the teams in the relegation scrap.
Australian Associated Press
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