Manchester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson is proud of the progress the club has made this season.
Despite his position appearing to be undermined, Eriksson insisted: "This is not the toughest time I have had in football.
"Speculation in football whether it is to do with managers, players, business or politics is always there amongst fans today.
"All I want to see is another City win at Middlesbrough next Sunday then it is the time for talking. I think it is always important in my job to behave in a proper way.
"Maybe people think I haven't always done that but there are always excuses to behave badly if you choose to and I don't."