Scunthorpe United: Criticism by fans is just part of my job, says Alan Knill
Boss Alan Knill admits high expectation levels have made the Scunthorpe United job bigger than he anticipated.
But despite mounting criticism from fans, he remains confident he is the right man for the role.
Three defeats in a row have left the Iron stuck in the bottom four ahead of Saturday's home game with Brentford, with defensive errors and lack of goals at the root of their problems.
Eighteen months after making the move to Glanford Park from Bury, Knill says this is one of the biggest tasks he's faced in management as United face a relegation battle for the second year running.
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"Definitely," said the Scunthorpe boss when asked by the Telegraph if the job in front of him was bigger than expected. "Because the expectation level is so high, people expect us to be in the Championship.
"Don't get me wrong, I expect us to compete but that's probably the biggest thing, the expectation level is massive.
"And we're not living up to everybody's expectations of where this club should be, whether or not that's realistic is another thing.
"But in everybody else's eyes we're a Championship team.
"Just in general it's difficult.
"It's a big job, it was a big job.
"You walk in and I knew from day one it was a big job and it continues to be a big job."
Chants of 'Knill out' have rained down from the terraces in recent games, while other fans have voted with their feet as attendances drop.
Knill though, sees criticism as par for the course.
"Of course it does (bother me), but that's how we live," he said. "You just accept that's how it is.
"We could all come up with reasons why (United are struggling), no-one wants to hear that, they just want results.
"That's what you're judged on.
"Sometimes it's ridiculous but that's what you're judged on. And at the moment I'm not getting results, so that's what I'm judged on."
"If people want to say what they want to say, fair enough. You just try to put it to one side, concentrate on the players and get on with it.
"We've all seen it, it's all about results, if they turn round things change, so that's what we're fighting for.
"We're fighting to change things.
"I think we all feel pressure don't we, everybody feels pressure.
"But as long as from Monday to Friday you do your job, and when the players take the pitch they're prepared for what's to come and prepared to play against the opposition and they have a plan and an idea of how to go about, then you're okay, I'm okay.
"I can't do any more than that.
"Of course you worry, it's my job. It's a constant.
"If my team loses then people are shouting for me to be sacked, so it's a constant.
"You live with it. Don't get me wrong, you don't like it, but you decided that's how you're going to go and you just get on with it."
Although accepting the blame for poor results usually lies at the manager's feet, Knill added there should be a collective air of responsibility.
"I pick those players and I put my faith in them, and at the same time it works the other way," he said.
"I'm expecting a lot and I do expect a lot from the players, and I should do, that's how it works.
"Collectively we're all responsible and collectively you get out of it if you really want to.
"I am worried and concerned about the situation because I don't want to be where we are.
"Before I came here I wasn't used to losing and I'm determined not to get used to losing."