James Collins claims the Aston Villa squad are determined to ease the pressure on Alex McLeish and help him to win over his detractors.
Sections of the Villa support were not happy that former Birmingham boss McLeish was handed their managerial reins over the summer.
An unbeaten start to the season helped to shift some of the attention from the Scot, but a run of one win in five games has thrust him back under the spotlight.
Collins accepts that some fans will never take to McLeish, but he insists all of those working under the ex-Rangers and Scotland coach will do all they can to help carry the burden of expectation.
"There are certainly a number of fans who are not too happy with the manager - one bad performance and that was always going to happen," the centre-half said in the Daily Star Sunday.
"That's wrong, though, because the manager has come in and done a great job and some of the fans have to realise that he's here to help Aston Villa. He's the manager.
"We are working tremendously hard for him. Taking away Monday (a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham), we were getting better with every game. Now, it needs everybody here to get back on board.
"The fans have to get behind the manager and the players have to start performing like we can. Then the club can move forward again.
"We had a big discussion in the changing room at Spurs. Individually, and as a team, we knew we weren't good enough. It needed to be talked about and it was. It's been sorted."
Meanwhile, Collins has sought to clear up his international standing, with some reports having suggested that he withdrew from the latest Wales squad after suffering a falling-out with national coach Gary Speed.
He said: "There were a few things said back home, that I had the hump and was angry because I didn't play against England at Wembley. That's not the case at all.
"I was disappointed, bitterly. It was a massive game. But that's not the reason I pulled out of the last game - and it's disappointing people think I would do that.
"I had an injury and needed a little operation on my knee.
"I love playing for my country, and as long as I'm fit I will be there to start or be on the bench. But I don't know if I'll get back into the team because since I've not played they've been on fire."