Manuel Pellegrini is confident he will see out the final year of his contract at Manchester City.
The Chilean manager has been led to believe from conversations with senior figures at the club that he will remain in the Etihad Stadium hotseat and is now planning for next season.
However, his fate still hinges on City's end-of-season review in Abu Dhabi.
Pellegrini's side have lost their Premier League crown and failed to progress further in this season's Champions League, being knocked out by Barcelona for the second year in succession at the last-16 stage.
Coupled with Pep Guardiola's troubles at Bayern Munich, speculation grew that the Spaniard would leave Germany to join ex-Barcelona chiefs Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano in the summer.
However, Guardiola is adamant he is going nowhere and on Monday dismissed the prospect of a departure from Bavaria.
City have privately maintained that should they take a top-four spot, which has now been confirmed, Pellegrini will be asked to carry on.
Pellegrini, who was playing golf on Monday afternoon, is now reviewing transfer targets and working as though he will be in charge on the first day of next season.
The 61-year-old however, is not expected to extend his contract which expires next summer.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti and Napoli chief Rafa Benitez have been linked with the role but Guardiola remains City's No 1 choice.
They are not interested in employing an interim manager for a season and appear happy to stick with Pellegrini, whose side are now favourites to finish in second place.
The last time City ended a season trophyless manager Roberto Mancini was sacked.
However, sources maintain that the Italian was shown the door after relationships with staff soured and not purely for football reasons.