Peter Houston is ready for the wrath of an angry fan-base at tonight’s meet the manager event in The Falkirk Stadium – but will not sugar coat the Bairns’ situation or displays.
The boss will front up with supporters, alongside club chairman Margaret Lang and chief executive Craig Campbell at the open forum which begins at 7pm in the Westfield Lounge.
It falls on the back of another slow start to the season for the club with one point from a possible nine and a League Cup exit – the same as this time last year.
And Houston has pledged honesty when he takes the floor this evening, after telling a few home truths to his players this week.
“I don’t tell any lies. I’ll tell no lies and tell the truth because I am responsible for it,” he insisted.
“I pick the teams, I brought the players to the club, I’ll take the abuse and stick that’s going -- that’s part of the manager’s job.
“But what I’ll also do is get my pound of flesh and I want it every single Saturday.
“I’m sure we’ll get a response. I have a terrific bunch of boys, I just don’t know what happened on Saturday. It was so unlike us.”
Monday’s post-match analysis pored over the video nasty and analysed where it all went wrong, and in-depth.
The boss added: “We individualised it and I didn’t miss. They deserved everything they got and I stand by what I said to each of them and to them all as a team.
“On Saturday I felt too many said “It wasn’t my fault”. I’ll go to the fans forum and won’t make excuses. Be honest with yourselves, that’s what I tell the players.
“I hope they play well on a Saturday – I can’t demand it.
“But I can demand they work hard and frankly the players know it – they didn’t work hard enough on Saturday.
“It’s a slight on them and on me because I picked them. How can they work harder with nine men than 11? That says it all about our attitude.”
That attitude saw the boss cancel yesterday’s usual day off, and the players subjected to a running session on Tuesday.
“Days off are cancelled until we get things right. That’s because in the three years I have been here Saturday was the worst performance,” the boss pledged
To get things right against Queen of the South this weekend will be another tall order and will be tackled without suspended duo Lee Miller and Craig Sibbald, and Myles Hippolyte who has torn a thigh muscle. Mark Kerr is also carrying an knock while Lewis Kidd remains on the injury list.