Western Sydney coach Josep Gombau insists he isn’t feeling pressure and will stick to his long-term plan at the embattled Wanderers.
Gombau has come under fire in light of Saturday’s 5-0 Sydney derby defeat, with reports the loss has left him struggling to control the dressing room.
The Spaniard only was appointed Wanderers coach last month with a long-term view to a new game-plan and style but allegedly patience is wearing thin.
Meanwhile ex-boss Tony Popovic’s name has been floated as a replacement given his future in Turkey is up in the air, creating pressure for Gombau which he insisted he isn’t feeling.
“No, no, no. It’s football, I am very clear what I want to do and the way I want the team to play,” Gombau said.
“The philosophy is very clear. The results are the results.”
Gombau added that patience would be required but said there were signs that progress was being made despite the derby score.
“I saw positive things, maybe other people don’t see because they don’t know what we’re trying to do,” he said.
“I said ‘keep going with the things we like and improve the things we need to improve’ (after the derby).”
When pressed on the positives, Gombau added: “Movements. The build-up, the way we want to play from the back, the reaction sometimes, the way we press, these things are positive and not what they used to do before.
“We are in this process that we change the formation. We try to align the mistakes from last game. We hope to improve things to make us good for this game.”
Western Sydney are away to Central Coast Mariners on Saturday night.