The board are right behind us, says Bristol City assistant manager
UNDER-FIRE boss Derek McInnes expects to be given more time to rescue Bristol City's season.
The pressure on McInnes and his staff is growing following yesterday's disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Charlton Athletic.
A depressing sequence of seven straight defeats has seen City slide to the foot of the Championship table and angry fans made their feelings clear when chanting "what a load of rubbish" at the final whistle.
Speculation regarding the manager's future was further fuelled when he failed to show for the post-match press conference, instead sending out assistant Tony Docherty to face the media.
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City's board of directors have remained silent throughout the recent poor run of results, but Docherty insisted he and McInnes still retain their support.
"They are right behind us," said Docherty. "They are in with us before every game and they were very positive before this game.
"They know the job we are doing and they know how hard we are working.
"We just need that little bit of luck and we know they are right behind us."
Asked if he and McInnes expect to be given more time to turn City's season around, Docherty replied: "Of course we do. We are here to make things better.
"We took over the team when they were in a worse position last season and we are hardened to it.
"We got out of it then and we will get out of it again. There is a long-long way to go in the season and there is no one more hard-working than our manager and the team he has behind him.
"The players have shown they can do it before and we will get out of this situation. We have been here before and we are convinced we will come out the other side."
When asked by journalists if they should read anything into the non-appearance of McInnes, his assistant said: "Not at all.
"He felt he should spend a longer time with the players after this game. "The main issue is to reverse this run of results and he is spending more time talking to certain players.
"He is working hard at it, as he always does to make sure we get through this."
City produced arguably their worst performance of the season and showed precious little fight in front of the Ashton Gate fans.
The Robins have now lost five of their last six home games and many fans are losing faith.
Docherty attempted to reassure them when he said: "The players are an honest bunch and I think they are giving us all they can. But we seem to be in the situation that, when we make mistakes, we are being punished for them. I think the situation we are in can affect confidence, but there is plenty of hard work and endeavour and that will continue."