Essendon coach Ben Rutten admits the pressure is on following a poor start to the 2022 AFL campaign but has backed his team to turn things around.
The Bombers are priced at 9/1 to make the top eight and play finals but that looks a long way off after they picked up just one win from their opening seven games.
It is no surprise that Rutten’s position as coach has come under the spotlight but he is confident in the support he has around him and believes the tide will turn at some point.
"I feel really well-supported in the club. We've got really experienced people around me. We're not playing the footy or as going as well as we would have liked and we understand when we do that you open yourself up to some criticism and different opinions and that's part of the game," he told reporters.
"I don't think that's a new thing for me. I just need to be really clear on what my job is and how I can best coach the players and get us performing at the level we need to."
The Bombers are back in action against Hawthorn on Saturday and Rutten admits consistency is the key if they are to turn around their fortunes.
"There's a level of frustration from everyone, the players, coaches, probably externally as well, and it's more around our consistency and our ability to execute the way we want to more frequently," he added.
"We're seeing it at times and there's some really positive parts of our game, but we're not seeing it enough often enough and consistently enough and that's what we're striving to do. We understand we're never going to play a perfect game and get it right all the time but we're working really hard."