Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean admits abuse from the club's fans does have an impact and concedes that it is not easy to take.
The Ewood Park boss has come under fire from supporters over the club's results, form that sees the club level on points with third-from-bottom Wolves.
Blackburn attempted the quell the unrest in November by banning fans from displaying protest banners before and during their Premier League match with Chelsea.
On the surface Kean has remained strong in the face of adversity, although he has conceded the unrest has taken its toll, with the home defeat by Bolton a particular low point in terms of the abuse from the stands.
However, the Scot has been boosted by his players' reaction, stating he is lifted by them responding to his instructions.
"I would be lying if I said it did not have an impact," he told the Times. "It is not easy to take that kind of abuse.
"I stood there on the touchline because you cannot hide from it.
"You have to confront it or it will get too much for you. But when I look at the players and I know they are still responding to me, it helps.
"I know dressing rooms and these players believe in what we are doing together."
Kean has revealed he now has a bodyguard with him at all times having been subjected to vitriolic abuse by Rovers fans angry at events both on and off the pitch.
With the possibility his family could be in potential danger he is taking no chances with regards to safety, although he believes the majority of fans are non-violent.
"I was advised that it would be in my interest to have somebody with me at all times," he continued.
"I was at a restaurant with my wife and children a few months ago and got a text message from a friend telling me to be careful.
"There was stuff going out on Twitter from an activist group which identified the restaurant so that people could confront me.
"The chap who protects me is a seventh dan in karate, but he is not big or butch or anything. He knows how to handle himself.
"It is a bit strange having him around, but there are some good things too. He is bloody interesting to talk to, for a start."
He added: "I think the vast majority of fans are passionate, but non-violent, whether towards me or anybody else.
"I also think most of the Blackburn fans are behind me. It is surreal, though, I cannot deny that."