Manager Terry Brown appeared to say goodbye to AFC Wimbledon after their latest 1-0 defeat against Torquay, but assistant boss Stuart Cash insists the gaffer will not make any rash decisions about his future.
Brown's post-match reaction, applauding the Kingsmeadow faithful before retreating to the dressing room in tears, implied that the 1-0 result might be his last game in charge.
Defeat - thanks to a first-half goal from Rene Howe - leaves the Dons, who Brown took over in 2007, with six losses from their last seven matches in all competitions. "Terry is very emotional, he's in tears in the dressing room," said Cash.
"He's very despondent and very disappointed overall - we have to pick him up now. Sometimes everyone needs a pick up, we've had a fantastic five-and-a-bit seasons. The fans were superb at the end and the board have been very patient with us and we're very grateful.
"I don't think Terry is going to make any stupid decisions, I've known him long enough to think he's got the character to stay around. This is a great football club and we're determined to turn things around so hopefully we are given the time to do that because we are better than this."
Cash added: "We're bitterly disappointed because it's a stupid mistake which has given the win to Torquay. There was plenty of endeavour and commitment but not a lot of quality. We put enough balls into the final third without any finishing product.
"I'm disappointed with the goal because we said before the game for the back four not to take any risks."
Torquay's winning goal came when Dons goalkeeper Seb Brown's 35th-minute clearance bounced off the onrushing Howe and into an empty net. Gulls boss Martin Ling believes it was nothing more than his side deserved for a dominant display at Kingsmeadow.
"You're always happy to win the game but let's be honest, it was a 1-0 victory which should have been a lot more," said Ling. "We created a host of chances we didn't take and luckily Wimbledon didn't punish us for that. We should have won it a lot more comfortably, it would have made it a lot easier for us on the bench.
"There were encouraging moments for us but we need to be more clinical. We will still take three points any day and we come away from the ground happy. We've had one of those seasons where I think we've been simmering for a little while and we needed a game like this to kick-start things."