Darren Ferguson says Doncaster Rovers have no excuses for their impending relegation to League Two.
Rovers return to the fourth tier will be mathematically confirmed today if Fleetwood Town avoid defeat at Walsall.
But Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Crewe means it is a case of when and not if for Doncaster, who lie three points and 12 goals shy of safety with just Burton Albion still to play.
“We all have to take responsibility,” said Ferguson, who accepted Rovers’ relegation fate during his post-match interview at Gresty Road.
“There’s no excuses and I’m not going to offer any. It has simply not been good enough. That’s myself as the manager and the players.
“We’ve lost too many games. But I see a clear pattern. If I was to be asked ‘why?’, I think I’ve got a very clear idea of why and I have to fix it.”
Earlier Ferguson had been critical of his team’s failure to bounce back against Crewe, after a shocking mistake from Cedric Evina allowed Callum Ainley to cancel out Tommy Rowe’s opener.
“Mentally we’ve not been strong enough to cope with adverse situations,” he said.
When Ferguson was asked whether he was confident he will be in charge of Rovers next season, he replied: “Yes, we’ve had good discussions.
“Obviously we didn’t expect to be in League Two. We’ve had a right go at the end but it’s not been enough and over the course of the season it’s not been enough.
“I’ll be ready for the challenge. I’ve come in and we’ve started off brilliantly and the expectations went up. And then we had that horrendous run that we managed to get out of when we beat Wigan and that gave everyone a bit of hope.
“But it wasn’t really about getting beat by Crewe, it was over the course of the season.
“The board have been great and it’s a really good football club. I’m never going to change my mind on that.
“We have a clear vision of what we want to do but obviously it’s going to take longer. We’ve got to make sure we’re in League One the season after next.”