Stuart Pearce was always going to receive plenty of goodwill from Nottingham Forest supporters.
His standing at the club ensured that whatever happened during the early stages of his reign, he could always count on the backing of those in the stands.
That remains the case, with much of the frustration being generated by recent performances being aimed in the direction of the players.
Pearce, though, will also be aware that there is only so long he can live off the legendary status he enjoyed during his playing days at the City Ground.
There will become a point where a decision has to be taken by those above him, with Forest having invested heavily in pursuit of promotion to the Premier League.
Those on and off the field are not delivering at present, with a winless run extended to six games on Sunday by a 3-1 home defeat to Birmingham City.
The fans remain on his side, and Pearce is thankful for that, but he acknowledges that it is up to him to turn a faltering season around and give his adoring public something to shout about.
He told Forest’s official website: “I’m a very, very fortunate person. The crowd being like they are at this football club have sheltered the players from grief because they support me. But that won’t continue.
“The performances are not good and it frustrates the life out of me. They know it hurts me. But it’s down to me to make sure we improve steadily as a group.”
Forest have started to slip out of play-off contention in the Championship and cannot afford to fall any further off the pace if they are to surge back up the standings over the second half of the season.
Pearce will be given the opportunity to produce such a spark, with there little point in changing things at this stage.
Whoever is in charge will have to deal with a transfer embargo in January, so it makes sense to keep the faith with the current coaching set-up and give them the chance to bring the best out of a squad they have helped to shape.