Stand by us - Pearson's plea to Leicester City fans
Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has vowed to lead the club through their most difficult period of the season – and has appealed to the Blue Army to stick with his team.
Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Derby County meant it is now just one win from nine games for Pearson's men.
They are clinging on to a play-off place by goal difference, after appearing to be strong contenders for automatic promotion just six weeks ago.
City's form has also led to questions about Pearson's position at the club, but he said he would not be distracted from guiding his team back to form.
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However, he admitted City's current run is threatening to scupper their entire season.
"It is a situation I have experienced before and I always work through it," he said.
"I am never going to hide. I will take the responsibility for it but I also expect other people to take their share of responsibility as well.
"Hopefully, they will stick with us. I can understand their frustrations at our form, there is no doubt about that.
"It is not a situation we can't salvage, but we are putting our goals for the season at risk with what is a poor run of form.
"We have to work hard. We have to keep grafting through it and make sure the players are aware of their obligations to the football club, as well as mine."
Pearson was asked whether his job was in doubt, and he admitted the speculation was understandable.
When asked if his job was in jeopardy he said: "I don't know but I am a scrapper.
"I will be working as hard as I can to make sure we still have a good chance to achieve our season's objectives.
"I think when you go through periods like this it is understandable and natural for people to be concerned and disappointed about the situation. We understand that. My job is to lead and bring us through a difficult spell.
"(Here next season?) I would hope so but I don't think that is a question I can really answer at the moment.
"My focus will remain on trying to achieve the next win.
"There has been speculation at various points of the season and I am fully aware of that sort of speculation.
"It is unfortunately part and parcel of management these days that you have to be prepared to deal with that.
"Because of the expectation at a club like ours, it is probably going to come around more often than not.
"What I have to do is keep the focus on the job in hand. Anything outside of that I can't really afford to get involved in that type of speculation.
"I have to keep my eye on the ball, and I will do."