Garde’s job will be on the line at the end of the season, and he has also previously said that he will consider his position at the club in the summer.
He admits nine defeats from 19 games in all competitions since he replaced Tim Sherwood have taken their toll, but he insists he is still up for the fight.
“It’s difficult,” he said. “If I was saying, ‘No, it’s not hard’, then nobody would understand it or believe me.
“I tell the truth. But there is no way the intention is to leave the job – until I’m told to do so, of course.
“I know it’s a difficult situation but in football, and in life, you have situations that you have to cope with and I’m strong enough to do so.”