Ashley Giles reflected upon Warwickshire’s abject surrender at Trent Bridge as his “lowest ebb” in his three years in charge at Edgbaston.
But the director of cricket has vowed to keep on fighting to turn round the biggest challenge of his short coaching career so far.
“It was my lowest ebb as Bears coach,” he said. “Being bowled out twice in a day by any side is hugely disappointing.
‘‘It hurts everyone in the dressing room but particularly me. I take things personally. It’s my job and I take it very personally.
“I can’t be responsible for everyting but I am the head coach and accountable so I need to find systems and methods to get these guys playing well and, at the moment, I am trying a lot and it just ain’t working.
“It is tough for me but it’s tough for all of us involved. These guys are all professionals and they are all decent blokes as well so it hurts them.
‘‘We take it home with us and, yes, it gives you a few sleepless nights. But it’s my job to try to get the best out of the players and at the moment I am not doing that.
“All we can do is continue to work hard and aim, firstly, to hit back at Durham on Sunday. All through this tough championship season we have been trying to run a successful one-day season and we have raised our form in that well.
"There are only so many knocks you can take but it is hugely important that we go to Durham and win that 40-over game.
“We are all finding it tough but I have a job to do with these boys. They mean a lot to me and the club and team mean a lot to me. I have spent my whole career here.
"So we have to push on through this very tough period and do everything we can to bounce back, stay up in the championship and get to a Lord’s final in the Clydesdale 40.
‘‘Then whatever happens after that we will think about then.”