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Deano Feeling The Pain

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10:30 23rd February 2013

Boss admits to 'agony' at current situation

Wolves boss Dean Saunders has admitted that he is in 'agony' as the club continue to struggle at the bottom of the nPower Championship.
Saunders has been in the job for over six weeks, but has yet to taste victory in his seven games in charge, and saw his side slip into the division's bottom three after defeat at Barnsley on Tuesday night.
As he faced the media this week ahead of Sunday's visit of table-topping Cardiff, the manager again emphasised how desperate he is to turn the situation around.
"I'm in agony at the moment - it's my pride as well," Saunders explained. "I've never been sacked before and I'm not going to get sacked here.
"My old manager, Arthur Cox, told me that's what drove him on every morning - do what you can to do well so that you don't get the sack. And enjoy it while you can!
"I'm enjoying the job but it's agony. This week, the first thought in my head as I've woken up was how we failed to beat Barnsley."
The defeat at Oakwell was Saunders' third since taking over as manager, and stretched Wolves' winless run to eleven games. Although the manager was adamant that performances have been improving since he replaced Stale Solbakken, he acknowledged that results are all that count at this stage of the season.
"I'm trying to put things right in a short space of time and it's not easy," he said. "The job is all about getting results - you have to get results and nobody cares what the reasons are if you don't.
"It's early days but you have to get results and drive yourself on.
"I would have liked to have thought that we'd have a few wins and be up and running by now, yes. But it's not the first time something like this has happened - you have to fight your way through it, you have to fight and find a solution."
Saunders has already been involved in a relegation scrap during his fledgling managerial career - with Doncaster Rovers last season - and he says he is able to take the pressure and criticism that comes his way in his stride.
"Even when you are winning, expectations increase, but that's all part of the job. I love doing the job, being under pressure and having the pressure of all the games. If I didn't like it, I'd be doing something else.
"If you want to be a football manager, you're going to be criticised - it's part of the job. I take some of it on board and I think about it a little bit, but most of it just bounces off me, because I know that if we win our next two games, everything I do is right."
There were also words of praise from Saunders towards the Wolves fans, who, after enduring relegation from the Premier League last season, have seen their side slip towards the Championship trap door after a promising start to the campaign.
Almost 1000 made the trip to Yorkshire in midweek, and Saunders believes that the passion of the supporters will be a key factor as the season enters its final phase.
He said: "The fans here are so passionate about the club and the team, and I would rather the fans be like that.
"When you've got a group of supporters that is so passionate, the criticism is worse when you're not doing well, but when you're winning, the way they get behind the team is second to none.
"I'd rather have a passionate bunch like that than fans that sit there like they're in a library and don't give you any stick when you lose, and likewise, don't pack the ground out when you're winning."

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