Steve Burr says criticism aimed in his direction is fuelling his determination to turn Chester FC's fortunes around and prove he is the man to take the club forward.
If the theme of last season was progress, the current campaign has been one of backwards steps, and some supporters have begun to question Burr's position.
The appointment of the ex-Kidderminster Harriers boss in January 2014 was met with near-universal acclaim from Blues fans, and a 12th placed finish in 2014-15 raised hopes of further improvement this term.
That hasn't materialised and Burr insists no-one is more frustrated than him with how this season has unfolded.
Burr admits thoughts of the future have been put on hold for now with Chester needing another 11 points to reach 50 points, which should be enough to avoid getting sucked into the relegation scrap, but the 55-year-old remains resolute in his belief that he can put things right.
"I think the main thing for me at the minute is getting the results and trying to turn things around and I'm determined to do that," said Burr, whose side welcome Bromley on Saturday before hosting Aldershot Town on Tuesday.
"When you're not winning you get criticised and I think that drives me on even more to say 'well I will show you I'm capable of producing a team here that's good enough'.
"It's been frustrating this season without a shadow of a doubt. I'm not looking towards next season, I'm looking towards Saturday and Tuesday to win those matches because that's what it about and keeping this club in this divison."
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Although contract discussions are not on the agenda for now, that is something that will have to be addressed with almost all of the squad up for renewal.
Given how this campaign has panned out, a summer of change seems likely but Burr thinks players should focus on ending the season on a positive rather than thinking about new deals.
"For me you are always playing for your future and playing to be involved in the next game," he said.
"With losing a game, you analyse everything and you're critical things of that didn't happen so you look to change certain areas and go again.
"Whether it's the start, the middle or the back end of the season, players should always be playing for their future.
"We want to finish as strongly as we can. We've got two games coming up that we know will be difficult because they are all difficult but these are games we feel that if we are right and everybody is at it that we can win.
"We have to make sure that when the players go out there they reach a certain level and produce a performance that gets us results. There are little things like when we work on set pieces in the week and then the first corner we get against Tranmere we take it short and I think 'what are you doing?'.
"You can imagine how frustrating that is for myself and Jon when we have worked on things during the week and then when we've an opportunity to put a set-play into practice we do that so it's very infuriating.
"I know how much it means to the fans to win matches and I can assure them that when we don't we're hurting as much as they are, and "I know how determined the lads are to put in a performance for the support they get from the terraces.
"I see the lads during the week and I can't fault the effort and commitment in training but we need to transfer that onto the pitch."