CHIEF executive Andy Ambler says Steve Lomas is under no false illusions about his job security – but insists the Millwall boss will be given time to get results.
Lomas met with the Lions' board prior to Tuesday's 3-1 win over Blackpool to discuss the club's poor start to the season after chairman John Berylson flew in from Boston for talks.
The meeting was described as "routine and friendly" but the timing could not have been worse for Lomas coming off the back of a 5-1 home reverse to Derby County.
And Ambler admits it would have been "easy" for the board to sack their manager in the wake of growing criticism from fans.
But Lomas came up with the right answers to some difficult questions – both on and off the field – as Millwall dismantled the Tangerines on a memorable night at The Den.
Ambler said: "The board received quite a lot of abuse on Saturday, saying that we should sack Steve – and it would have been very easy to bow down to that sort of pressure.
"Unless something is absolutely fundamentally wrong, it's just wrong to sack the manager after six games. There would also be financial implications for the club as well.
"Steve had an hour with the board and we just talked about football and players – the blend of the team, who is doing well and why certain players aren't showing the form they should be. We talked about normal stuff – no different to any meeting with any previous manager.
"The Derby result hit us like a brick wall. After a bad result, there is no reason why the chairman and the board can't sit down with their manager and ask, 'what are we going to do about it, and how can we help you?' That's not unreasonable.
"It was spelled out to Steve – not in a bad way – that we need to do much better, but he's told us that himself because it's a results business. He knows that.
"We all knew that if we went on a bad run at the start of the season, it would put a huge amount of pressure on everyone. There was a huge amount of pressure on Steve against Blackpool but we came through it and got the result.
"It was good timing for the chairman to be over with his family – they all came to watch the game. Every board member, barring John's son, was there on Tuesday and I think that was important for the manager.
Ambler added: "New managers need time, especially in the Championship because it is an unforgiving league.
"Had we not bounced back on Tuesday, of course the pressure would have been there but we've got to ensure the manager is given the time to blend his squad into a team that wins games.
"The players responded to what happened against Derby and the crowd was superb. The best team won – we played the league leaders and we beat them convincingly."
With the first three points of the season in the bag, Ambler is hoping the Lions can secure their first back-to-back league wins since March when they travel to The Valley on Saturday.
He said: "People forget we made a poor start last season – we have got five points at the moment and this time last year we only had six. This is now a platform to build on and we expect to go to Charlton and put in a similar performance."