David Dunn is struggling to understand where reports of unrest at Blackburn have emanated from.
Rovers have slumped into the Premier League relegation zone of late, enduring a 10-match winless run along the way.
That sequence of results has seen the pressure mount on top-flight rookie Paul Ince, with the former England international beginning to find the Ewood Park hot-seat slightly uncomfortable.
However, Dunn insists that morale around the club has not been knocked by recent events and is backing his under-fire boss to turn things around.
"I find it a little bit strange reading the papers. It is not just the manager that can affect things, it is the players as well," said the one-cap England international.
"Why would we not be totally focused and 100 per cent behind the manager when it is going to affect us in the long run?
"I think it (criticism) has been a little bit harsh. Every Premier League manager comes under so much pressure nowadays.
"The manager has been a top player and he's been in far more difficult positions than this so I'm sure he can take the pressure."
Dunn has been sidelined with an Achilles problem since the end of August, but is expected to be back on the bench for Rovers' clash with Wigan on Saturday.
"We have worked hard with the medical staff and it is pleasing I'm back a little bit earlier," he added.
"I feel fit and sharp. I have come back from injury a little bit early far too many times so I wouldn't put myself at risk until I feel ready.
"I've been chomping at the bit for maybe a week or two."
Dunn's return has come as a timely boost to the under-fire Ince, who insists he will have no hesitation in throwing the 28-year-old back into action this weekend.
"I'm over the moon. It has been long hard road because we lost Dunny at a time when we were going well," said the Rovers boss.
"He is an exceptional player and he gives us something different we haven't got in the side.
"He has been busting a gut to get back in for the last two weeks and now we have him back in the squad it should give everyone a lift."