Steve Komphela has responded to growing calls for him to vacate his position as head coach of Kaizer Chiefs.
This comes after Amakhosi's Wednesday defeat at the hands of Chippa United. The loss saw Chiefs drop to seventh on the PSL log with 17 league games to go.
A section of frustrated Chiefs fans vented their anger at Komphela after the final whistle in Port Elizabeth, but the 50-year-old mentor remained calm in his post-match interview.
He took responsibility for the defeat, saying it's one of his duties to protect the players when the results are not going in his team's favour.
"You don't fight back against the fans. You must understand their frustration because it's natural for the coach to be accountable when things are not working," Komphela told SuperSport TV.
"In any organisation when things are not working, the point of reference is the person in charge and you must accept that in leadership and try work on it..The beauty of things is that players are still working hard and applying themselves which is a good thing," he said.
"As coach you don't want to see a scenario where players start feeling the heat. The heat must stay with the coach and we will keep working for the players," added Komphela.
Komphela is his final season with Chiefs, and the past two-and-a-half seasons have been nothing but a challenge for him.
His future at the Soweto giants solely depends on whether or not he will deliver silverware this season. Failure to win any of the remaining two trophies on offer - the Nedbank Cup and league title - could see the club to hire a new head coach come end of the season.