Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce claims he 'might as well go on the dole now' if his team fail to learn from their performance against Middlesbrough.
The 1-0 defeat to Boro yesterday, who netted just before half-time through teenager Lee Cattermole, was followed by Pearce tearing into his under-performing players.
Pearce claimed 'none of them earned their wages' and declared it his 'worst experience' as a manager.
He has also offered an apology to City supporters in the 40,256 crowd.
'It was awful, and I apologise to them because I cannot accept that again. If I do, I might as well go on the dole now, simple as that,' said Pearce on the club's official website.
'They are not unfair to criticise us when we dish that up. They are within their rights to criticise anything I do, they pay good money, they can be as vocal as they want and they deserve to be. I have to accept that, so will the players and we will do something about it.'
Four successive defeats have damaged City, ending their FA Cup dream and leaving them 13th in the Premiership, with talk of qualifying for Europe now muted.
'Everyone's playing for their futures, I am managing for my future, there are no grey areas,' said Pearce.
'Every time I pick a side, I'm scrapping for my life and so are the players. There are no times ever when you are playing for the fun of it. This is our livelihood, someone is trying to take our livelihood away.
'I'm not in the excuse business, I'm in the stand-up-and-be-counted-business.
'That's got me through life so far, and I find it quite a good way of leading my life. I'll look the chairman and say I'll get it right, mark my words. That's what business I am in.'