That run has brought only one victory, prompting suggestions that chairman Nicola Cortese is considering replacing Adkins.
Adkins, whose side were most recently thrashed 4-1 at West Ham, said: “After the game on Saturday, and the manner of the defeat, for the first time in my life a little bit of negativity crept in. I had to get rid of that quickly.
“I don’t feel under pressure. There is a stability at this club, which is
vitally important. We have jumped two divisions to get into the
Adkins admitted to taking comfort from a poll of 5,000 Southampton fans in a Hampshire newspaper in which 78 per cent of those who voted backed him.
He also said that events last week at the city’s Ford manufacturing plant, where 500 staff are being made redundant, put his problems into perspective. “Sometimes you think everything is against you but you look at what is going on in the world and you realise how fortunate you are. People at the Ford factory have just lost their livelihoods.”