Under-pressure Sunderland manager David Moyes says Sunderland fans want stability rather than seeing him sacked.
Reports this week claimed Moyes would lose his job if the Black Cats slumped to another defeat at the weekend when they travel to Bournemouth.
Sunderland have picked up just two points from their first 10 Premier League games in a horrific start to Moyes’ reign as manager.
But the Scot claims long-suffering fans are ‘willing to go through the pain’ if they feel success is around the corner.
Moyes said: “Every challenge at every club is big for every manager, whether you are trying to win the league or whether you are trying to avoid relegation, the challenge is the same. When you are in the job everything feels like a big challenge and this is a big challenge.
“The supporters have been brilliant away from home and at home, they are coming in their numbers. That’s why it is such an attractive club because of the people, because of the numbers who come to games.
“I think they want a period of stability, they want a period of success as well which they have not been able to get.
“I think they are willing to go through the pain if they think there is a rainbow through the other end. I think they are willing to go through the pain.”