Bottom of the table in the 3rd league, five points behind the rescue bank, without a win in twelve games and most recently seven times in a row without any points.
The current performance record of SpVgg Unterhaching is dreadful, but Arie van Lent, 50, is still in office.
In an interview, the Dutchman reveals how he experienced this nightmare and where he now wants to pull the lever to keep relegation.
Mr van Lent, Captain Markus Schwabl wanted to bite into the safety fence after the derby collapse.
Which form of frustration reduction do you prefer?
I'd rather scream out my frustration.
My teeth are not good enough to bite the safety fence.
It doesn't matter to Markus, he recently lost his incisors (laughs).
You were then at home in the west for three days.
Is a long weekend enough to forget the series of defeats and draw new courage for the relegation battle?
Even if it's only a day and a half, that's good.
The weather was nice here too, you are in a different environment and can clear your head.
I feel totally fresh now - and I am determined to bend it.
Say: not to dismount.
Have you ever seen a horror series like this?
No, I'm pretty sure of that.
And to be honest: I could have done without this experience.
That is really extraordinary.
Also applies to the loyalty of the President.
I think it fits really well between Manni and us coaches.
We appreciate each other, he knows exactly what makes us tick.
The other day he said it quite rightly: If we didn't care about anything or if we weren't in the mood, then we wouldn't be here for a long time.
But you shouldn't overstrain this patience.
That is clear, but nobody wants that either.
Just because it's not going well, I don't say: I'm going home now.
On the contrary, I like to be here.
Can the downward slide only be explained by bad luck with injuries and a lack of luck?
Or are the problems deeper?
There is something to both.
We have players that I haven't really seen in training yet: Stahl, Hain, Welzmüller, Endres, who has since stopped.
And that is also true about the game of luck, but I don't want to stand up and blame everything on it, that would be too stupid for me.
Unfortunately, in certain situations we make mistakes.
Technical errors, tactical, individual.
To make matters worse, you now also have a goalkeeping problem.
Jo Coppens wasn't much help to you in the 1: 3 against 1860.
How much do you miss Nico Mantl, who was sold to Salzburg?
“We don't have a goalkeeping problem”: Jo Coppens, who misses against 1860 captain Mölders, continues to have Arie van Lent's trust.
© Stefan Matzke / Sampics
We don't have a goalkeeping problem.
Jo Coppens is a very good goalkeeper, Nico Mantl was too.
Jo didn't look good on Friday, that's true, but he has also played very good games for us.
Where do you see approaches that your team can still manage to hold the league?
I see how they do it in training.
The team is aware that they are not doing everything right at the moment, but they are knocking out everything week after week and that is very positive.
Sometimes what we lack is absolute greed.
Only four third division teams have so far scored fewer goals than SpVgg.
How much does that hurt you as a former first division striker?
That hurts because we also miss a lot of opportunities from good positions.
We were grossly negligent in this regard, which runs like a red thread through the season.
We absolutely have to want to score the goal so that the whole team is better off.
Her contract is dated until 2022.
Does it also apply to the regional league?
No, it doesn't apply to the regional league.
But I also hope it won't come to that.
But I'm not one to pinch.
I'm fully involved and would be the last person you can't talk to about the regional league.
Nevertheless, I am still hopeful that I will score so well in the remaining twelve games that I will be enough in the end.
And let's be honest: You must have thought that the curse of the back of the season was a bad joke?
No, you could read that everywhere.
I tried to defend myself, but unfortunately I haven't made it so far.
But we're doing everything we can to ensure that the second half of the season ends well.