But the ex Scotland centre could soon be on his way out of Kingston Park after admitting he may not the right man for the job after Newcastle slipped to a 10th league defeat of the season at home to Exeter on Saturday.
"I had a dream and vision for this club and it hasn't quite worked. I have to speak to owner and see what happens. The knives will be out and quite rightly so," said Tait, whose team are now nine points adrift at the bottom of the Premiership table.
"We have to face up to reality. We have just had a meeting with the players and coaches about where we are.
"It's going to be tough old battle now and we have to be realistic. I have to look at myself as well and I will do that and I will have a talk with the owner. I'll reflect on things and on my performances over the next few days.
"Maybe I'm writing myself off but it's hard not to do so after a result like that, and things like that can cost you your job."
Tait was a try scorer in the first Test for the '97 Lions as Sir Ian McGeechan's men toppled the world champion Springboks on South African soil.
A dual code international, he was twice Scotland's defence coach under Matt Williams and Frank Hadden before he took on an assistant's role at Newcastle in the summer of 2008.