Southampton manager Mark Hughes claims that the”noise” surrounding his future is”predictable” and”doesn’t faze him”.
Saints go into Saturday’s match at Fulham 17th in the Premier League and without a success since 1 September although hughes was appointed in March.
He has won five of the 24 matches in charge, that is the worst ratio – 20.8percent – of any current Saints manager.
“After 20 years doing this job, it’s nothing I have not seen and dealt with before,” said the 55-year-old Welshman.
“It will become a little predictable and you know how it works.”
Southampton have won one of Hughes’ 20 league games, averaging 0.8 points per match.
If that points-per-game ratio continues Saints are on track to finish the season on 30 points – and the smallest points tally of any group to avoid relegation from the Premier League was West Brom’s 34 in 2004-05.
Hughes added:”There will always be speculation, and that I call it noise. After a supervisor departs that noise switches to someone and all the unwanted stats come out.
“A little bit of the noise is about me in the moment, that’s the character of the function I have. It will go away with a few good outcomes.”
Fulham, who chased manager Slavisa Jokanovic and replaced him with ClAudio Ranieri during the global break, are bottom of the table with five points from their opening 12 matches and Hughes is”confident” entering Saturday’s game at Craven Cottage (15:00 GMT kick-off).
“We’re calm, that is the secret,” said Hughes, who managed Fulham for 11 months between 2010 and 2011.
“I really don’t feel the necessity to get panicked because I am confident in the ability of the group and the club. We don’t believe we are a thousand miles apart from that which we need to do.
“You don’t get too giddy when you are doing well, and you don’t get too down when things are not going your way.”