AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has promised that coach Massimiliano Allegri will not be sacked this weekend "no matter what happens".
Allegri's future with Milan has come under serious scrutiny, with the club having taken only seven points from their opening seven games of the Serie A season, but Galliani was quick to dispel rumours that Saturday's match against third-placed Lazio would be decisive.
"Allegri's last game for the club won't be against Lazio in Rome or against Malaga (in the Champions League in midweek), or against Genoa at the San Siro (the following weekend),'' he told the club's official website.
"The club will continue with the coach that has put the most points on the table in Italian football for the past two-and-a-half years. Inter (Milan) ended last season with 22 points less than Milan and no one mentions that. The same is true for Juventus two seasons ago."
Meanwhile, former club captain Franco Baresi also backed Allegri to overcome his difficult start to the season.
"Allegri won the Scudetto two years ago and he came second last season," Baresi told Sky Italia. "He needs to put together a new team. He needs to gain confidence in the new players and the youngsters who still have to grow. He needs time to get the best out of the players he has.
"Patience is needed. A lot of players left at the same time, perhaps too many, and that created some problems, but I'm certain that Milan will return to their high levels because this club remains a strong one and is dedicated to being competitive. Fans shouldn't be impatient.
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.