Alan Curbishley admits he had doubts he was up to the job when he was battling relegation with West Ham last season.
"When Alan Pardew left, a lot of people felt he should have been given a bit more time, because it happened so suddenly.
"When a new manager comes in, things normally change, but it didn't happen here last season.
"It took some time for things to change and for us to get ourselves out of relegation trouble.
"I can understand people questioning what went on, but all you can do is get on with it."