DONS boss Mark McGhee insists he never considered taking the "easy option" of walking away from his job as Aberdeen manager despite a week of intense pressure.
A question mark was placed over his position following a 9-0 defeat against Celtic, before losing to Inverness midweek. Reports suggested Tuesday's game was a must-win to save his job but, following lengthy discussions, the board opted to back their boss. McGhee is now determined to prove his doubters wrong after receiving the vote of confidence.
He said: "It would have been an easy option for me to decide I'd had enough of this. I've got a contract and that's worth money to me.
"I could have taken that and been gone and be sitting with my feet up in Brighton and maybe this weekend fly off to Vegas to my brother-in-law's for a couple of weeks and wonder how Aberdeen were getting on back home.
"But that never entered my mind, I was determined to see this through and to try and prove that what I believe can happen here is true.
"That's going to take time, it's going to take a huge amount of effort and it's going to continue to be difficult for me because there are people who have made their minds up. I've got to live with that but I'm determined to prove those people wrong."