His team might be joint bottom of National One but Phil Maynard has backed his players and rejected any talk of relegation panic.
Quite the reverse in fact, the Pertemps Bees' director of rugby last night expressed his admiration for his players' efforts and voiced his pride at the way they have battled against the odds in what has been a testing start to the season.
Bees are one of three teams marooned on 11 points at the southern-most tip of the First Division, having won only two of their eight matches, but Maynard claimed he was far from unhappy at the way his side had acquitted itself so far this campaign.
He pointed to matches against Harlequins, Plymouth Albion, Exeter, Cornish Pirates and Bedford as evidence that the Sharmans Cross Road outfit had had to face the league's best teams.
All of them are full-time and, with the exception of the Chiefs, all of them are in the top four. We have had it very, very difficult so far this season," Maynard said.
"Every week we have come up against someone with more money than us but the lads have been playing really well. There's no lack of effort. They've really put their bodies on the line.
"I was really proud of them on Saturday. To be within three points of a team like Bedford in injury time was a fantastic achievement," he said in reference to his team's most recent outing - a 35-18 reverse against the Blues.
He bemoaned the fact that Bees had been mugged in the last two weeks after establishing positions from which they could have taken something tangible from the game and cites opponents' greater training time as the dominant factor.
That is why he has introduced a third weekly session - starting next Wednesday morning - as he seeks to find a way to bridge the preparation gap.
But, according to Maynard, there is no talk of relegation at the club and certainly no suggestion that Bees will rely on a moratorium on demotion to allow them to slip the noose.
The Rugby Football Union is considering suspending relegation for a season in a bid to expand National One to 16 teams and they could announce their ruling on November 25.
However, that's not an escape route Maynard plans using. He said: "We have spoken to the players about it and they know that is not going to be an issue for us."
Meanwhile, Coventry, who are looking to build on their restorative win at Newbury, have signed Samoa full-back Apoua Stewart until the end of the season.
The 25-year-old became available after being left out of the Islanders' squad to tour the northern hemisphere this autumn despite having won two caps in the summer, against Australia and Tonga.
Stewart, who can also play centre, will not be appearing against Scotland, England or Argentina - much to the pleasure of Mike Umaga who expressed his excitement at his recruit.
"The reports I had from the Australia game was that he was one of the best players," the head coach said. "He was solid in defence and caused them some problems in attack."
Wellington-based Stewart also played for Bay of Plenty against the British and Irish Lions in the summer and is keen for a change after rejection by his country.
"He was absolutely gutted at that," Umaga said. "He is really keen for a fresh start and felt that he could get that here."
Umaga is looking to recruit a No 8 following a hand injury to captain Hendry Rheeders and the forthcoming unavailability of Dan Farani who will be joining the Samoa squad after Saturday's cup match at Dry Leas. Scrum-half Craig McGrath arrives from New Zealand tomorrow.