Stoke boss Tony Pulis is grateful for the patience and understanding of his chairman and those supporters who remain behind him. The Potters are in the middle of a run of games that has seen the side win only once in 10 Barclays Premier League games.
Pulis said: "I was very, very disappointed to see Brian (McDermott) get the sack this week.
"They won the Championship and then this year, nine games to go when he's got as good a chance as anybody at keeping them up, and he gets the sack. He's been a victim of his own success.
"It was so funny listening to (Brighton boss) Gus Poyet on Wednesday. Someone said, 'You've been put up for the Reading job', and he said, 'The Reading job? You're joking. I've learned from the Reading job, I'm not going to get Brighton promoted. I'd rather go between sixth and eighth position every year and then the expectations don't go too high, they don't go too low, then you're never under pressure'.
"It's a very fickle world and it's a world where there's not a lot of common sense used. But its world that we live in and a world we have to work in.
"As a manager of a football club, if you're not winning games you have to expect criticism and you have to take it. I've been here a long time and I understand the way the game works and I understand the disappointment of a certain section of the supporters.
"I also understand that there's a lot of supporters who actually appreciate where we've come from and what we've achieved and will give you a bit of time.
"And they also understand that football ebbs and flows like life, you have good times and you have bad times.
"You swim with the tide when things are going well, and when it's not going so well and the tide turns, you have to swim against it. The important thing is to keep swimming."