Sam Allardyce has revealed his confidence in his own ability got him through the darkest hours of Newcastle's recent poor run.
He said: "For me in my position, I am experienced enough to handle whatever comes my way because I have been in it so long and I have dealt with it for so long.
"It is getting more and more scrutinised and more and more pressure comes on, but all you have to do is make sure you can handle that pressure and do what you know is right.
"You do not listen to outside influences, you do not listen to speculation.
"You know you are a good manager, you know what you are doing and you stick to it. You do not let the distractions put you off.
"When you do, or when the players do, that's when you get poor performances and poor results."