Chris Tracey has said under no circumstances will he walk away from the AFC Sudbury hotseat after another defeat left them in further trouble.
The pre-season title favourites find themselves facing what he admits is a ‘huge’ home showdown with bottom side Ware on Saturday (3pm), after a 2-0 defeat to Chatham Town in Kent edged them three points closer to the bottom three.
Nineteenth-place Sudbury are separated from Ware by eight points, having lost seven of their last nine Ryman One North games.
But their under-fire boss is adamant he is the man to turn their fortunes around.
“After Saturday I had someone ask if I would quit and I will not quit,” he said. “I will take criticism and I deserve it, but I am more than capable of turning this around.
“A lot of people are sitting waiting for it to happen, but it is not going to — I am not going to walk away.
“This is one of the biggest jobs in Suffolk football. It is a huge opportunity and I am not going to give it up for someone else.
“We have some good players at the club and I believe we can turn this around.”
But Tracey hit out at some of his bigger name players, who he believes need to start pulling together in the same direction, rather than pointing fingers at others.
He added: “There is a lot of negativity around the team and people who should know better should be trying to dig us out.”
Former Port Vale defender Mark Bailey, 25, in the army stationed at Colchester, contacted the club about playing via their Facebook page last week and found himself on the bench at Chatham due to injuries.
Tracey said of Bailey, who has played for Stafford Rangers, Stockbridge and last season with Andover Lions in the Wessex League: “It is a case of seeing him play and learning more about him.”
AFC travel to Waltham Abbey on Tuesday (7.45pm).