John Askey says he has to try to ignore pressure on himself after Port Vale crashed to a 2-0 defeat at home to Barrow.
The Vale produced arguably their worst performance of the season to put the spotlight on the manager whose 17th-placed side have taken just five points from the last 30.
But Askey said, rather than being sidetracked by questions about his own future, he has to concentrate all his efforts on preparing the side for Tuesday’s game at Bradford.
Asked if he feels under pressure, he said: “For myself, I think you go beyond that.
“Because it gets to that stage where…… all I can do is try to concentrate on getting results for the club.
“I can’t think about anything else other than that, and that is all I am doing.
“You can only try your best and if your best is not good enough then at least you know you have been doing that.
“That should be the same for the players. Have you done your best? Have you given enough today for the football club. If you haven’t then you have to hold your hands up, you have to do better next time you go and play, if you get a chance.
“Prior to today I think we have been very unfortunate. Today I couldn’t say that.”
Askey said his side were second best to a Barrow side who took the lead through former Vale striker Scott Quigley on 23 minutes after a mistake from Nathan Smith.
Patrick Brough added the second, five minutes into the second half, after the defence was again cut open too easily.
Askey added: “It is probably the first time since I have been here that it just hasn’t been good enough.
“The first goal, again we were punished for a mistake, the first mistake, and then, we weren’t good enough to break them down. We just weren’t good enough, there were probably too many missing.”
David Worrall and Manny Oyeleke were out with ankle injuries while Cristian Montano is sidelined with a thigh strain.
Worrall and Montano won’t be fit for the Bradford game but Oyeleke hasn’t been ruled out at this stage.