Paul Ince has hit back at critics who have tipped his Blackburn Rovers side to struggle this season.
Benni McCarthy is the latest player to be linked with an Ewood Park exit following the recent departures of David Bentley and Brad Friedel.
Ince remains confident about the new season though, saying: "There's been a lot of rubbish written and that's what it is - rubbish.
"I've been in the game 20-odd years and I can deal with most things. But it's just annoying to see some of this stuff coming out before the league season has even started.
"If we lose the first five games of the season, then yes, but that hasn't happened. Until then, people have got to give us a chance.
"It is disappointing. We've just got to get on with it and make sure we are ready for the start of the season.
"I think people seem to see us as a selling club - and we're not. Our record speaks for itself over the last few years, in where we've finished in the league.
"People think they can come in to disrupt our players and unsettle the new manager before the season starts. If anything, it makes me more determined.
"Everybody needs a chance. Not just me, but every manager. At the end of the day, we are trying to do something here. It's not going to happen overnight, but we will need time to do it."