Central Coast Mariners boss Mike Mulvey admits players and staff are fighting mad with each other – but insists they're still a unit as the season goes from bad to worse.
The Gosford side are rooted to the bottom of the table with just two points from a possible 33 and only a few weeks away from the first anniversary of their last win, when they squeaked a 1-0 victory over Wellington Phoenix on February 23, 2018.
Loan star striker Ross McCormack has abandoned the club to return to the UK and join Motherwell after just five games for the side, while Connor Pain is out with a calf injury.
They have also lost veteran Kalifa Cisse to suspension after his red card which turned the game against Sydney last week and ended in a 5-2 thrashing after an otherwise positive start for the Mariners.
Questions have been asked about dressing room disharmony after skipper Matt Simon appeared to lash out verbally at coaching staff.
But today Mulvey denied any rift but admitted players and staff were having frank exchanges of views as they tried to find a way out of their mess.
He said he was 100 percent certain he still had the backing of players and added: "We're all together.
"Any level of club that has something about them has always got discussions going on between the captain and the coach. That's quite normal.
"It's robust at times. We don't always agree with each other - but why should that be the case? We're actually hurting as much as the fans.
"To make any assumptions is just crazy. The lads are all together, we're all in this together and we're trying to find a way out of it.
"You only have to look at the performance in the first half against Sydney to see that the players are playing for each other, and for the club."
He added: "I don't think anybody's happy with the situation right now. I'm certainly not happy. The situation with the send-off is unacceptable and we'll deal with that internally.
"If we had our number one team throughout the whole season, we would have had better results."
Mulvey says he's already on the phone trying to recruit new players to save his season and avoid the tag of worst team in A-League history.
"We're looking to make some deals in January and bring some fresh faces to help the players get where we want to be," he said.
"We're really working hard behind the scenes. We were speaking to a player just now about coming to us in the next few months to help out towards the end of the season.
"So we're actively trying to bring players in and I can quite honestly say that if we can get those players in, then it will help the players who are already here."