Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town head coach Roger de Sa insists he is not worried about the club's supporters who are calling for his sacking, following the team's poor run of form.
Despite their MTN8 success early in the campaign, the Urban Warriors find themselves faced with risk of losing the opportunity to defend their title next season, as they currently sit 10th in the Absa Premiership table.
De Sa points to the challenges they had to overcome throughout the campaign as reasons for their current situation, adding that the club's fans need to look at the bigger picture.
"They (the fans) can do whatever they want. I’ve got a contract, I mean, I don’t listen too much into that," De Sa said. "I’ve got an old saying that, 'If you listen to the stands, you end up sitting in the stands'.
"I think it has still been a successful season for us, you know. If we win a cup every year with ten academy players in your 11- no club in the world can achieve this, and we’ve done it."
"Obviously we face a bit of disappointment now, as we would have loved to be in the top eight, which I think we can still give it a go," he added.
"But there is a bigger picture than just that. You have to look at how it went for us - the ups and downs we’ve had - like Scottie moving and the passing of Cecil Lolo.
"It was devastating for us and there is no words to describe the effect it had on the team, and it still does.
"Hopefully when we come back next season, we will never forget about Lolo, but then we sort of face it in a better way."
The Mother City club will travel to Harry Gwala Stadium for their league clash with relegation-threatened Maritzburg United on Wednesday evening, and the former Orlando Pirates coach says they cannot afford to concern themselves with their opponents' woes.
"It will be a hell of an effort to see how they [the players] cope against Maritzburg. We can’t also worry too much of what is happening at Maritzburg right now.
"We need to cement an attitude for next season that we can build on," De Sa concluded.