'A manager will be judged on points, but we have to be realistic at Lincoln City'
With a quarter of the season gone, John Pakey grills Imps boss David Holdsworth on the campaign so far and whether he fears that a run of games which includes some of the biggest spenders in Luton, Mansfield and Wrexham could cost him his job...
If recent history is anything to go by October can be a scary month for a Lincoln City manager.
As the clocks are changed, so it seems is the man in the dug out at Sincil Bank.
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John Schofield, Peter Jackson, Chris Sutton, Steve Tilson, all were gone before leaves had even started to fall on the south common in the city.
So with current City boss David Holdsworth heading into a month which includes fixtures against big spending sides Luton Town, Mansfield Town and Wrexham, it is understandable to ask if he is worried he will become another October victim?
"I certainly hope people will reflect on what we have," said Holdsworth.
"There is no way in a million years we will ever go out onto the pitch with a defeatist mood.
"But the realism is that my chairman and board know what we are going up against.
"We discuss the issues we face and we look to see where can improve.
"I know every manager will be judged on points on the board, but realism comes into play.
"We know the mini-league we are in in this division.
"It is important that we beat those teams around us and be judged against those sides.
"We cannot be held up against a team which pay much bigger wages than we can."
At the moment Holdsworth's win percentage ahead of Saturday for league matches sits at 28.94 per cent.
Keith Alexander's was 38.73 per cent, Schofield's 40.35 per cent, Jackson's 36.99 per cent, Sutton's 26.67 per cent and Tilson's 29.41 per cent.
But as that mix of stats show, it is difficult to read into these numbers and use it as hard evidence of his performance.
If anything, the club's balance sheet would be a better judge of how Holdsworth is performing.
And with the club admitting before the start of the season that he would be operating with the lowest playing budget in 40 years, it is understandable when he talks about the realism of the situation he faces.
"The supporters will have their views on where they feel the club should be going," said Holdsworth.
"Some will want to see Lincoln City in the Football League, but we have to reflect on what we haven't got and what we have got.
"We have got a belief, good intentions and a will to fight."
That will to fight has been crucial so far this season.
With the exception of Friday night's 3-0 defeat to the Blue Square Bet Premier leaders, City have looked competitive in their matches.
Holdsworth admits that they were well beaten by Rovers, but he is still not willing to accept the loss.
He is also not pleased with the club's situation in the division.
Holdsworth has made no bones about the fact that the club will be in a relegation scrap again, but he still feels at this stage they have more to give.
"I'm not happy with our position in the table," said Holdsworth. "We could be further up the division, but it is tight and one or two wins lifts you right up it.
"Injuries have been a big issues. If I do get the opportunity to field the strongest squad then I feel very confident, but we are missing players who would make a big difference in terms of their experience."
Holdsworth's sometimes brutal honesty of the club's situation may be hard for some fans to swallow.
But he is determined to bear the brunt of the frustrations and not change his tack.
"When a club is having a tough time plenty of people are ready to have a dig," said Holdsworth.
"The most important thing is we remain confident and stick together.
"I've been delighted with the support, outside this club has had a tough time and it is important to not let that creep into the dressing room.
"There is a good togetherness and that is all I can ask for at the moment."