Alan Knill: I've never considered walking away from Scunthorpe United
Manager Alan Knill will not resign from his position at Scunthorpe United and maintains he is 'absolutely' the right man to turn around the club's flagging fortunes.
His insistence comes despite the club's plight worsening during a depressing past five days at Glanford Park and the fact that discontent on the terraces reached its strongest level yet during yesterday's 3-0 humbling at the hands of MK Dons.
Supporters repeatedly called for Knill's head during the game and he suffered abuse from fans in the Telegraph Stand at the final whistle as he headed down the tunnel.
Knill has won just 14 of his 69 games in charge of the Iron since being appointed in March 2011.
He accepts the criticism being levelled in his direction, but has said he will not walk away.
When asked by the Telegraph, in the aftermath of the Dons defeat, whether he had considered quitting, Knill responded 'I don't think so,' before quickly adding 'it's a no'.
"I knew the scale of the job and it is a big job," he added, at the end of a week in which two of his fellow Football League bosses, Paul Jewell (Ipswich Town) and Neale Cooper (Hartlepool United) had resigned from their posts.
"It does take time, but obviously you have to be winning games and be seen to be moving forward.
"Some of the stuff is good, but at the moment we're not winning games. We have to change that quickly."
Having dismissed the idea he may walk away from Glanford Park, Knill refused to be drawn on whether this latest defeat – which continued the Iron's woeful home form – would damage his position in the eyes of the Iron's directors.
Knill backed his players, saying he did not feel let down by his squad, and empathised with fans who have genuine fears that their club are plummeting towards League Two.
"It's difficult to take, but I understand," said the Iron boss, of the calls for him to be sacked.
"We all want to see a winning team and we all want a winning club. People pay their money, they can vent their anger – I can't do anything about it.
"I accept it and I accept responsibility for what's going on on the pitch.
"It's my job to turn it around.
"We've had a conversation in the dressing room with the players and the good thing is that they're focused on turning it around.
"We keep saying it's a new squad and a new team, but it has to do something quick.
"The goals we concede are poor goals. That's what's killing us.
"We're not doing enough to keep the ball out of our goal at crucial times. That's why we are where we are."
Knill's record in the hotseat means fans have the right to question their manager's future.
When asked, after five defeats in seven games, whether he was the right man to turn it around, he said 'absolutely'.
"It doesn't look healthy, the table, but I can't do anything other than keep working and hopefully, with the players, which we know are all on side, it will turn around," Knill continued.
"At the moment, it's painful. But we have played quite a few teams this month that are going to be there or thereabouts.
"Sometimes you can see the gulf between us, but we're working hard to try to close that gap.
"We can only do that with the help of the supporters.
"Nobody wants this. Nobody wants to listen to it (the abuse)if you're in the dugout, but I totally understand why."