Tottenham director Keith Mills admits manager Martin Jol is under pressure to keep his job.
"Actually, last season Tottenham had not a great start and had a great run up to Christmas, then dropped off after Christmas, then had a great finish.
"Whenever a football team has a rough time and starts struggling, everyone says 'Let's fire the manager'. It puts a huge pressure on the manager and the chairman and the directors."
Mills, like his fellow Spurs directors, dismissed a situation exacerbated by the board's wooing of Sevilla's coach, Juande Ramos, as "mostly media hype". But there were words of warning for the manager.
"Martin's focusing on the team; we built a fantastic team in the summer, £30m was spent on players," Mills added. "So there's no excuse, we have some great players there but we just have to make sure they play together. He's a great manager but he, along with every Premiership manager, will have the media baying for his blood if he doesn't win matches. That goes with the territory."