Manager Shaun Derry was deeply hurt by Notts County’s heavy defeat at the hands of Rotherham United but he has refused to throw in the towel.
A poor County display allowed the Millers to run riot at the New York Stadium, as they struck six times without reply.
Notts slumped to the bottom of the Sky Bet League 1 table and are now five points adrift of safety heading into two fixtures against top half teams.
Derry expressed his frustration with what he saw on Saturday afternoon and has told his players to think long and hard about the battle that lies ahead in the remaining 12 games.
He said: “They have to do some soul searching because we can put on any session and be as professional and do it right every single day, but it only matters on a Saturday afternoon.
“It doesn’t matter what you do in the week if you go and produce performances like that because you don’t deserve anything.
“We’re at rock bottom - absolutely rock bottom - and we’ve got unbelievable games to go and I’m not giving in, absolutely no chance.
“This is the lowest point in my career but I’m going to do it and they’re going to do it with me.
“I insist they do it with me because there’s no chance I’m giving up this job.”
Derry also said sorry to the 756 supporters in attendance after an unacceptable display and explained why he would not let his players applaud them at the final whistle.
“I’ve got to apologise to the fans on behalf of the players for actually attempting to go over and wave at them,” he said.
“I don’t want to mock the fans because they travelled there in their numbers and I know they’re fully behind me and Greg [Abbott].
“I didn’t want the lads to go over there and clap them because it wasn’t deserved.
“It was deserved that they got a clap from myself and Greg because we wanted to show our appreciation to those that came.”
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