Caretaker Blackburn Rovers manager Eric Black does not believe the vacant managerial position should be used as an excuse for the club's current poor run of form.
Black takes his side to Derby this weekend having gained just two points from his three games in charge thus far, but he insists that the rumours surrounding the identity of the new manager are not to blame for the lack of recent victories.
"I'm not using it as an excuse, I don't think the players should and I don't think they are to be honest," Black said.
"I don't think I could put my hand on my heart and say that's the reason for poor results, I don't go along with that. They're professional footballers.
"Yes there is disruption at the club. Obviously I think everybody would be happier if whoever it's going to be was in place, but it's not an excuse not to perform and that's the way I'm going with it."
Black also admitted that he had no information as to the identity of the club's new manager.
"I'm not involved in the process in terms of recruiting a new manager so I suppose that would have to be directed at Shebby Singh.
"I've been given the remit for training, the performances and the games, so I'll do that to the best of my ability until I'm told differently."