First of all, I would like to begin these notes by sending our deepest sympathy to everybody at Leicester City Football Club following the tragedy that occurred on Saturday evening, our thoughts and prayers are with everyone at the club.
I was also saddened to hear about Glenn Hoddle being taken ill and we all hope he gets better soon.
At times like this everything needs to be put into perspective and we all stand together as a football family when tragedy and sadness happens.
Looking back at our game on Saturday against Hull City, there was a marked improvement in how we played but unfortunately not ultimately the result.
Having made a significant number of changes to the starting XI following the game on Wednesday, I was pleased to see how the players applied themselves.
There seemed to be an improved sense of urgency and a desire to win the game despite the early set back.
That said, we slipped to another disappointing defeat on home soil which, considering our good start to the season, is somewhat concerning and of course needs to be addressed.
I still have the belief that we have got the strength and the desire in the squad to turn this slump in form around - and it will come.
My comments earlier last week appear to have been misconstrued and that might have put some extra pressure on the coaching staff and the players in the media. That was not my intention and is frankly not very helpful in this type of situation.
Like you all, I care deeply about this football club and want nothing but the best for it and everyone involved. The staff and players share this desire and are desperate to get back to the form of earlier in our campaign and are determined to do all they can to achieve the success we all want.
I will continue to give my full backing to Phil and his staff. We have been through difficult times before and whilst I will never abdicate my responsibility to this great club, I continue to put all my efforts in supporting the manager at this challenging time. It’s a long season and with less than a third played so far there is plenty of time to return to our early form, especially once our injured players return and are available for selection.
We ask that you stand by us all and together we will all work hard to turn the results around.
We’ve got two games now before the international break - away to Aston Villa on Friday in front of the Sky cameras and against Swansea at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday 10 November - and I would urge everyone to get behind the manager and players for these crucial fixtures.
We’ve all seen first-hand the power of your support and how it inspires the players at important times.
Don’t forget that season ticket holders can buy up to four additional tickets for just £10 each for the Swansea game and we’d love to see as many fans as possible cheering the team on.