Paulo Sergio insists the result of Saturday's William Hill Scottish Cup final will have no bearing on his future as Hearts manager.
Sergio, who succeeded Jim Jefferies in August, is out of contract after the clash with Hibernian, the first all-Edinburgh Scottish Cup final since 1896.
Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov and director Sergejus Fedotovas will be at Hampden, before discussions with Sergio over his future next week.
Romanov's interest in football has waned and cost-cutting measures are being implemented at Tynecastle, meaning Saturday's match could be Sergio's last in charge.
"I haven't spoken to Mr Romanov for three or four months. I miss him," Sergio said. "Nothing, the cup or whatever, is going to influence how much I want to stay or not.
"It's about what we're going to do. What is the project? What can we do? And see if that is good for me and for the club.
"That's the main decision we have to take and we have meetings to make that kind of decision.
"After if we're going to have an agreement, common interest, very good. If not, okay I have to find another job. That's life. That's normal.
"With the job I have, I shouldn't be emotional, because when you are emotional sometimes maybe you are not focused the way you should be to do the correct things, to take the correct decisions."
Hearts won the trophy in 1998 and 2006, but Hibs last triumphed in the competition in 1902.
Sergio places no additional emphasis on the contest because it is a derby.
He said: "This is a statistic. That doesn't make the game different for me.
"We understand for supporters, for the media it's a different game, but for us, if we are really great professionals, we should be doing every single game - it doesn't matter against who - the things we should do.
"I hope and I believe that at about 1700 it's going to be a tremendous day. Before that it's just a normal day."
Sergio's one fitness concern surrounds striker Craig Beattie, who scored the decisive penalty as Hearts beat Celtic in the semi-final.
Beattie missed the last three matches of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League season with a hamstring injury.
Sergio said: "We're going to see and take a decision if he is fit enough to deserve to be in the squad."