Derby County manager Paul Jewell is determined to repair his damaged reputation after a torrid start to his time in charge of the Rams.
Jewell took charge at Pride Park last November and saw his new charges fail to win any of their first 27 games under his guidance, but he retains hoped of a quickfire return to the top-flight.
He told the Evening Telegraph: "There is pressure on every manager, but at the end of the day, if you can't deal with pressure it is no good being a manager.
"I believe in myself and I believe given the right amount of time, I can deliver.
"I know my stock might not be as high in some people's eyes, but I would ask them for patience and to give me a fair crack at getting a team and squad together.
"I am pretty sure we can be competitive in this division and hopefully get out of it."
Meanwhile, Jewell added two more new players to his squad on the eve of the new Championship season.
Latvia winger Andrejs Pereplotkins has joined on a season-long loan from Skonto Riga, while Serbian striker Aleksandar Prijovic has signed on a two-year contract from Italian side Parma.