Steve Bruce has rubbished suggestions that he has been handed a time limit to get things right as Newcastle United boss.
The Geordie head coach dismissed talk of him having three games to save his job and believes that other Press coverage - including some articles published here on Chronicle Live - have been "disrespectful" in recent times.
Indeed, Bruce feels that flogging the name of the next potential boss while he is in the hot seat has bordered on "unbelievable" and that some of the managerial candidates listed by bookies, such as Tony Pulis and Mark Hughes, would face a similar situation at Newcastle this term.
When asked if he had held any dialogue with the powers that be about an ultimatum, Bruce told the Chronicle Live: "It is absolutely the biggest pile of ***** I have ever heard."
Bruce has not held any meetings or talks with Mike Ashley, but is in regular conversation with managing director Lee Charnley.
And with Eddie Howe's name spoken about as the potential next boss on Tyneside, Bruce feels some of the reporting has gone too far.
Bruce said: "Some of it needs to be more measured.
"I give respect. When I see polls, the next manager and the fella from Bournemouth, I find it disrespectful, I have to tell you.
"Your paper (the Chronicle) was gunning for a manager that got a team relegated last year."
Howe's name was initially mentioned in a comment piece in the aftermath of the League Cup exit at Brentford, and has since been used in articles about who the bookies feel is favourite to be next boss.
But Bruce has been able to continue with his job this week.
Speaking about exactly where United are going into the clash at Villa, Bruce said: "We're on a bad run, and we're not alone.
"We have 19 games and we're not yet at the halfway stage and haven't won for six matches.
"So we have done OK until the last five or six weeks, but we've had big problems with big players.
"We've had many problems and that's not an excuse.
"But what I will do, constantly, is try to keep a certain respectability and dignity about myself.
"Yet when I hear stuff like this (talk of time limits or ultimatums) I can say I have had nothing but support.
"Where that stuff comes from I do not know."
When asked about his communication with MD Charnley, Bruce added: "I have a constant dialogue with the CEO and that hasn't changed since I walked through the door.
"Every day we want what is best for the club.
"Yes of course I make mistakes along the way.
"We are only human, I've been in it and managed nearly 500 games in the Premier League and would like to think that deserves a little bit of respect.
"When you are on a bad run, of course, accept it.
"But some of the stuff has bordered on being outrageous.
"However, I am big enough to accept it and try to understand and work so we can get out of the bad run we're in."
United have only managed two top 10 finishes in the last decade and one fifth-placed finish under Alan Pardew.
In every other season since 2011, Newcastle have been in the bottom half or been relegated.
Bruce said: "Am I alone with the managers at Newcastle over the last 15 years?
"Hasn't every manager been in exactly the same situation?"
Bruce was then reminded that some of the articles this week had actually detailed the cost involved in getting another manager onboard.
Indeed, Ashley would have to write a cheque for around £1.5million then splash out more - with Rafa Benitez costing him £6million per year - to bring in a replacement.
Knowing that any other manager would be working with limited resources, Bruce said: "Why? (change manager).
"What is it going to get you and what is it going to gain?
"Some of it is unbelievable (Press coverage) and maybe people need to change and give the club a little bit of respect rather than always being negative.
"Everything is negative, some has been vile.
"Unless that changes it doesn't matter who will sit here, anybody could. That is why it is so difficult."