Wayne Bennett has vowed to see out his four-year deal at Newcastle, even if Nathan Tinkler's cash crisis forces the embattled owner to relinquish control of the club.
The long-term future of the Knights is clouded after the Australian Tax Office moved to wind up it up along with the Newcastle Jets franchise, as well as parent company Hunter Sports Group, over unpaid debts of $2.7 million.
Bennett believes Tinkler will ride out the Storm and promised to fulfil his obligations regardless.
"I haven't even blinked on that one," Bennett told Fairfax on Thursday.
"Even if it is the worst-case scenario here - which we're not going to have - it would be all the more reason why I couldn't leave the place.
"It's a great group of guys to work with here and I couldn't walk out on them when they need you most.
"Nathan's not going anywhere so I'm not speculating on anybody else.
"My commitment is stable here and I won't be walking away, particularly when it gets tough."
Bennett said that he had received all of his promised contract money to date and that, to the best of his knowledge, the players had as well.
"Not one player has come up and said: 'coach, I haven't gotten this, can you check up and see what's going on'," Bennett said.
"I'd say it's had about one per cent [affect] on the players."
Bennett was much sought after when he came onto the open market after three years with St George Illawarra. Despite the latest dramas, he has no regrets about his decision to shift to the Hunter.
"I don't have any regrets about going to Newcastle, I made a very deliberate decision, I came here for a reason," Bennett said.
"I have great faith in the place, great faith in Nathan, and that hasn't changed. It's a little bit wobbly at the moment, he's obviously under a fair bit of pressure with other parts of his business at the moment.
"I'm confident he'll come through and all the things we talked about, we're delivering on some of those now.
"It's just a matter of riding out the rough weather."