After shipping seven goals in their biggest defeat of the season, Diss Town boss Mike Derbyshire has urged the club to hold their nerve with him.
The Tangerines’ manager gave himself six games to turn around their disastrous start after a 3-0 home defeat to Whitton United on September 2.
Despite three more defeats — including Saturday’s 7-0 capitulation at home to Godmanchester Rovers — making it an eye-watering 10 straight losses from their opening 10 matches in all competitions, Derbyshire says he is not about to cut his chance to attempt to turn things around short.
“I would not be here if I did not think I could do it,” he said. “I know where I want to try and go, Pav (assistant manager Pavel Guziejko) knows where he wants to try and go and everyone involved at the club knows what we want to do.
“The question is ‘can everyone hold their nerve?’.”
He added: “I remember this period so well after being at Yarmouth.
“It is very difficult for everyone at the club to hold their nerve and have some courage, but hopefully they can see we know where we are trying to go.
“When I came to Diss it was never about survival and if we are aiming a bit higher then maybe we have to go backwards to go forwards.
“I will not do that unless the club wants me to though.”
Ahead of a daunting trip to league leaders Hadleigh United on Saturday (3pm)and hosting Kirkley and Pakefield — who have already knocked them out of the FA Vase (2-1) — on Tuesday, the under pressure manager said it was not to be interpreted as going down to come back up again though.
But he believes his strategy of stabilising the club after a huge recent turnover of players by bedding in youngsters committed to the future now, can pay off before long.
“To be honest, you have only got to put a small string of results together in the Premier Division to put yourselves back in the mix and get out of trouble — we have 30 games left,” he said. “The rewards are there to be reaped.
“What I am concerned about is how things work for the club overall.
“I do not want to build a side which goes to play elsewhere, I want to make a side Diss can be proud of, and it takes time.”
Captain Ady Ager (holiday) is still unavailable for the next two matches, while former skipper Mark Shadrack is waiting for a scan on his injured ankle and does not look like returning anytime soon.