Juande Ramos insists he has no intention of quitting at Tottenham despite the club making their worst ever start to a league season.
Sunday’s defeat at Stoke leaves Spurs rooted to the foot of the table, with the club having suffered six defeats in their eight games to date.
Only one club in Premier League history has avoided relegation after taking two or fewer points from their first eight matches: Southampton in the 1998-99 season.
“We need to work very hard together but sometimes it’s difficult to explain the situation,” said Ramos after Sunday’s defeat. “It’s possible to win one game, two matches, it’s possible to turn it around.
“It’s difficult to play with 10 men. The first half went okay but at beginning of the second half they got their second goal and it was very difficult.
“The first half we played very good, I was very happy with the team, but the second goal finished it.”
The Spaniard went on to admit he was ‘worried’ about his side’s predicament, adding: “I am worried about the situation but last season we won the Carling Cup and everyone was very happy.
“At this moment everyone is very sad and I am worried about it as I don’t like this situation.
“We need to work very hard to change this situation and only hard work can change it.
“This is my job and I am working very hard each day to finish this situation.
“The responsibility is all the people working in the club starting with me and finishing with the last person – we all have responsibility, when we win and when we lose.”
Asked whether he was confident he had Daniel Levy’s backing, he replied: “I don’t know – this is a question for the chairman.
“I speak to the chairman when he permits us to speak. He’s a very busy person and I don’t know when it will be possible to speak.”
Tottenham’s next league game is at home to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday. After that there follows a difficult run of three games with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City lying in wait.