Darren Ferguson says the “general culture” at Doncaster Rovers needs changing - and it is going to take time.
Rovers host Colchester United on Saturday having failed to build on last week’s win at Shrewsbury in the Scot’s first game in charge.
Back-to-back defeats at Peterborough and Millwall - which have left Rovers still languishing in the bottom four - have only served to reinforce the scale of the job facing Ferguson.
Doncaster are the lowest scorers in League One and only bottom of the table Crewe’s goal difference is on par with Rovers’ -11.
His reference to ‘culture’ came on Monday, prior to Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat at the New Den, when he was asked if he was close to adding to the squad.
“It’s not going to be a quick fix,” said Ferguson.
“This is going to take time.
“There are a lot of things that need changing, not just on the pitch.
“The general culture I think needs changing, I have to say, and it’s going to take time.
“I just think certain things need to change.
“Had we won the first two games 6-0 it wouldn’t make any difference.
“I’ve got to stamp certain things on them and generally the players want to go with it. I know they do.”
Ferguson acknowledged this week that he has inherited a squad that is ‘unbalanced’, top heavy with midfielders and attackers.
After shipping six goals in the last two games, he has stepped up his attempts to add defensive reinforcements.
“We’re trying to get defenders in,” said Ferguson.
“We’ve been trying for a while. I’ve got to wait for one or two and see what happens because we’re short of numbers there. It’s as simple as that.
“I’m hopeful of getting a couple in by Saturday.”