ROTHERHAM United boss Paul Warne today accepted his job isn't safe even though has received a public vote of confidence from owner Tony Stewart.
Chairman Stewart says in this week's Advertiser that he is backing Warne and the duo are "fighting together" to keep the Millers in the Championship.
However, after a run of five defeats and a draw in the last six matches, the manager acknowledged at a press conference this morning that he is aware he may need an upturn in results to remain in the hot-seat.
"As soon as the owner loses trust in me - it's the same with players to a certain extent; once you lose trust in a certain player you find faults and it’s difficult to get that trust back - then that's my time done," he said.
"Whether I think I’m over-achieving, whether I think being out of the bottom three is good or not, it's not about what I think. It’s what the owner thinks.
"I give everything I can, as I have from day one. If you go and lose three, four, five games on the spin, your job's under threat. That’s the world we live in."
In four years in charge, Warne has twice led Rotherham to League One promotion, but the size of the Millers' budget compared to other Championship sides has made life challenging in the second tier.
This term, Warne's men have been hit by long-term injuries to five key players but are still two places above the drop zone and ahead of big clubs like Nottingham Forest and Derby County after 17 matches.
"We cannot work any harder," said the boss whose team are at home to Bristol City tomorrow. "We get the best out of the group that we possibly can. I protect all my players and staff from criticism and everything is put at my door.
"I understand that. I'm big enough and brave enough. I think I have a good relationship with the chairman. However, I don't want that to go toxic. If he isn't happy with what I’m doing then he’ll tell me. He's not shy in coming forward.
"If we don't win football games I’d be naive to think I wasn't under threat. It's been a great honour. I've really enjoyed it, and I will continue managing this club as long as I can.
"We've always tried to be positive. That's the way we are and the way we will continue to be.
"I think we've got a really good group. If we can get a little freshened up in the January transfer window then I'll look forward to the second half of the season."