Alan Pardew may have guided Crystal Palace to the FA Cup final but he is still not ready to sign a new contract at Selhurst Park.
Goals in each half from Yannick Bolasie and Connor Wickham secured a 2-1 win over Watford and a return to Wembley to face Manchester United next month.
But Pardew, who has agreed in principle to a contract extension, is still delaying putting pen to paper until Palace have confirmed their survival in the Premier League.
That should be a formality with the Eagles eight points clear of the relegation zone with three games remaining.
But Pardew insisted: “No, I’m not ready to sign yet because the decision I made was that I wouldn’t sign it until we’re mathematically safe.
“We have to keep our focus and ensure the team is ready for three important league games. We need to get the points, and then we can enjoy the cup final.”