Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon mentioned the same keyword three times in his assessment of the club’s current situation in the Northern Echo.
The shot stopper feels time is the crucial aspect as the side looks to survive in the Premier League and then grow stronger looking ahead to next season.
“It’s not easy, you need time for a project to work. For the head coach, it’s only his second year here, his first full one, and I think he needs time. We need time, especially in the summer if we sign new players,” he said.
“We need time to adapt, to have more ambition.”
Some fans will argue that progression and a more solid position than the club are currently in, are reasonable expectations.
Poyet has had plenty of time to get his teeth into the project at Sunderland, improve the playing squad and has had a good chance to consolidate the team as Premier League club.
The main aim for this season is survival however it comes and then reassessing the situation in the summer to address weaknesses for the new season.
There will be a determination and a collective will within the squad beyond this season if the Black Cats survive.
That should create a motivation to ensure that there is no repeat of the struggles the side has endured this season in the league or in any of the domestic cup competitions.
Time is important, but the boss is under mounting pressure to show some sort of progress.