New Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill says that his boyhood allegiance to the club will count for nothing if he does not deliver the right results at the Stadium of Light.
The former Leicester, Celtic and Aston Villa boss was officially unveiled as the Black Cats' manager on Tuesday after watching their defeat to Wolves two days earlier from the stands.
Much has been made of the fact that O'Neill chose to follow Sunderland when he was growing up, in contrast to previous boss Steve Bruce who supported arch-rivals Newcastle.
But O'Neill has played down the relevance of him being a fan of the club and insists that he will be judged only by the level of success he can achieve on the field.
"It's a great football club but I wouldn't want to play too much on the 'Sunderland boyhood hero' type thing," O'Neill said.
"It might give me two games' grace - we're in the results business.
"I played football - I never played for Sunderland - and then went on to manage, so obviously you're very selfishly involved in your own team at that time.
"But now it's come together and I'd just like to make a success of it if I can."
The Black Cats are currently just one point above the relegation zone after they slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Molineux despite taking the lead.
O'Neill is keen to lift the confidence in the camp and also thinks his new side must stop conceding cheap goals.
He added: "I think that (caretaker manager) Eric Black probably summed it up after the game on Sunday when he said that that type of performance and gifting goals was symptomatic of the season.
"He's maybe seen more games than I have done and I probably would agree with his assessment.
"The penalty was massive - if we scored the penalty we probably would have gone on to win the game.
"But within 35 seconds or so it's 1-1 and confidence, which is not at its highest at this moment, just ebbed away a little bit and we conceded the late goal to lose the game.
"So that's something we obviously need to try and address to the best of our ability.
"In terms of the players there's a very good spirit among them, we only had the (first) training session today and I expected people to be pretty positive and they certainly were."
O'Neill's first game in charge will be a crunch home clash against fellow strugglers Blackburn and the Northern Irishman recognises the importance of beginning his reign with three points.
He said: "Sunday is a very, very important game for us, the players are well aware of that. We need to start winning some matches and the sooner we can do that the better."