Alan Pardew expects support from the Southampton board.
Pardew took comfort from his team's performance in FA Cup defeat to Portsmouth at the end of a week when his chairman Nicola Cortese said the team's League One results were "not satisfactory".
"When I came here, he said I would be judged after 18 months and I expect to be judged after 18 months," said Pardew.
"In the future I think we'll produce some really strong results. 'I'm very confident the guys I've brought in here will do a great job. We need to learn from days like this and next year we can become a real force like Leeds have become."