Phil Brown does not care if Hull slip from everyone's second team to public enemy number one as long as they keep their top-flight status.
Brown has endured the toughest week of his 27-month managerial reign at the KC Stadium following Tuesday's agonising FA Cup defeat at Arsenal, subsequent allegations that he had, in his own words, "lost the plot", and a Football Association fine for a completely separate incident.
"I've got no regrets. I'm not a man for apologies, even from the players." said Brown. "I'm a passionate guy who was involved in a situation after the game where maybe I should have cooled myself down before I came out and spoke to the press. But it's gone now, so let's get on with the next game."
He added: "I try not to read newspapers, although it's very difficult,
"At the start of the season we did catch everyone's imagination but it's the business end of the game now and the big boys are flexing their muscles.
"Maybe Hull City don't deserve to be in the semi-finals of the FA Cup in people's eyes, but we played enough winning football to get to the stage we did.
"The people I'm most bothered about, in terms of them caring, are the people of Hull, and what they think of the job I'm doing, not anybody else."
Further FA misconduct charges now seem likely to follow after strong criticism of referee Mike Riley immediately after the defeat to Arsenal.
The Tigers boss and his staff are yet to respond to the FA's request for their view of Tuesday's post-match incidents, which included Brown accusing the Gunners' injured captain Cesc Fabregas of spitting at his assistant Brian Horton.
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