Paul Warne believes he has the backing of Rotherham chairman Tony Stewart but knows he needs to arrest the club’s current slide.
The Millers have not won in seven games, going back to October 14, and have slipped out of the play-off spots and into the bottom half.
They are still only seven months – and one transfer window – on from their worst ever season and Warne is tasked with a rebuilding job.
However, he accepts that he needs some results along the way.
“I think the chairman is aware of what we’re trying to do and he’s been great with me,” Warne said ahead of Saturday’s trip to Blackpool.
“I’m also aware how football is. It’s only a long-term project if there are positive signs. I know how the world is.
“There are people who just want to see the darkness of the burnt jungle and there are people who want to see the shoots of enjoyment coming through. I get that.
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“I understand that my reputation at the club currently might be blighted by the form we’re in. If the chairman had 100 per cent trust in me, it might have reduced because we’re not winning football matches.
“I understand above anybody else, because I’ve been here the longest, that if you don’t win football matches your support dwindles.”
Those heady early-season days, where the Millers were battering teams, seem a long time ago, but Warne reckons his squad have what it takes to rediscover their form.
“Because of the run we’re on, the next game, in my head, feels more pressured than the previous game.
“That’s obvious. I know the players have got it in them.
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“It’s not as if I feel they all have to play 10 out of 10 for us to get something. As soon as it clicks again,we should go off on another good run. We need a positive score to get it going again.
“I have said all along that if we finish top 10 it will be a good season.
” If we do get back-to-back wins, which this team is more than capable of, then all of a sudden we are back to seventh again and things look alright.
“But going into the January window and trying to convince players to come here is a lot easier on the back of wins.”