His side may be showing relegation form, hovering just one place above the relegation zone, but according to Coventry City manager, Micky Adams, his side are definitely not in a relegation battle.
When the suggestion was put to him, as he met the local media at his weekly press conference yesterday, the former Fulham and Leicester City manager refused to even answer the question.
He then decided better of his discretion and let rip. "It's a bit early to be talking about relegation, I find it a bit insulting as well," he snapped.
"We will know whether we are in that position at Easter. It will be like it was last year when we beat [Nottingham] Forest and Brighton."
Adams' irritation was interesting on two counts. Firstly one can draw the inference that he might be feeling the pressure after consecutive home stalemates with Ipswich Town and Norwich City.
Secondly, as he correctly points out, if Coventry are fighting for their skins, the same can be said of a third of Championship sides.
"We are down there but, if you look at the league table, we are down there with eight or nine other clubs - it's not the sort of thing you start talking about in December."
There endeth the first lesson.
He was rather more positive about the influence new loan signing Don Hutchison has had on his side. The former Scotland international moved to the Ricoh Arena on loan last week from league rivals Millwall.
Adams has been impressed with his contribution, off the pitch as well as on it. " Physically he is okay, mentally he is as strong as an ox," he said.
"He is a good character to have around, both in the dressing room and training. He reminded me that twoanda-half years ago he was a £5.5 million footballer. Games like Saturday's [against Plymouth] will not faze him."
Argyle come to Coventry in a similarly exacting situation - anchored towards the bottom of the division with little or no form or confidence of which to speak. But, at Adams' insistence, the Devonians do not arrive for a relegation six-pointer.
After this weekend's game he will be able to call on Adey Williams and Stern John, both of whom return from loan spells but he will be without Stephen Hughes for the next two or three weeks.