Hull FC owner Adam Pearson has ensured head coach Lee Radford that his job is safe regardless of where the club finish this season.
The former Black and Whites player replaced Peter Gentle as head coach in September 2013 and guided Hull to an 11th place finish last season.
Radford is the favourite with bookmakers to become the first coach to be sacked, but Pearson has insisted that that will not be the case.
“If we don’t win rugby league matches here this season then I know it is going to get messy,” Pearson told the Hull Daily Mail.
“I’ll tell everyone now, if they think there is going to be a change in the head coach of the club this year, they are sadly mistaken. My heels are as dug in as you will find them.
“If anyone wants to put up a banner saying ‘Radford Out’ then bring it on because it is not going to happen.”
A top eight finish is vital in ensuring Super League survival and Hull have recruited well in the hope of improving on last season. Leon Pryce has joined from Catalans, as well as experienced duo Mark Minichiello and Steve Michaels signing from Gold Coast Titans.
Pearson insists that the new signings are part of a long-term plan which will be overseen by Radford regardless of where the team finish in 2015.
“Lee is doing a fantastic job in rebuilding the club from top to bottom. Supporters have to understand that.
“The recruitment is good, the team is good and the players are right behind the coach.
“We have a long-term plan here. I know when you hear that in sport people laugh their heads off, but this is as close to a long-term plan as you can get.”
Hull FC kick-off their 2015 campaign away to Huddersfield Giants on Sunday 8 February, 3pm kick off.