Mauricio Pochettino's task at Tottenham Hotspur cannot be considered an easy one, but the Argentine has unquestionably made some errors during his spell at White Hart Lane so far.
There is still optimism at the North London club that Pochettino will be able to guide them forward in the future, but his start to life has been less than encouraging.
For this that fault does not solely lie with the new boss. The players in Tottenham's squad have performed below their capacity for far too long and the general sense of apathy within the team is a real concern.
However, Pochettino has stated today that he is content with the job that his team are doing.
"I have been happy with Younes Kaboul as captain and I am happy with all my players," he told Sky Sports.
It is a statement which may have been designed to keep the team's confidence, which is bound to be fragile, high but it is a strange one to make.
Spurs' players simply haven't been good enough, and Tim Sherwood's honest approach with the press won him a number of admirers at White Hart Lane.
Pochettino is a far better tactician than Sherwood and likely to be a superior choice to take them forward than his predecessor, but this is a facet of his management that could be adopted.
The Tottenham players have been wrapped in cotton wool for too long, and a few home truths about the way they are performing may help to spark them into life.
At the moment, they look worryingly off the pace and another defeat on Sunday when they take on Hull City is set to raise the pressure higher.
To continue defending them sets a standard of mediocrity, though, and they simply cannot be allowed to get away with playing below their potential.
Certain section of the Tottenham squad have been happy to criticise the fans and make excuses for themselves, but they need to be held accountable for their low standards, too.
At the moment, Pochettino's backing simply does not ring true and a harsher public approach could be exactly what is needed to break the team out of their slumber.