Hull boss Phil Brown claims to have been taken aback by the strength of chairman Paul Duffen's public show of support this week.
Duffen branded "disgraceful" the "vocal minority" of supporters who have criticised Brown after a poor run of form and the failure to sign a player on transfer deadline day. Brown appreciates the backing of his chairman but says the whole episode has left him bemused.
"I was surprised and quite shocked from what I saw this morning, why I was being defended so much," Brown said. "Maybe I haven't got my ear to the ground as much as I thought I had."
Brown added: "Criticism is part and parcel of the game and it goes hand in hand with managing any football team, regardless of whether you are Premier League or lower division.
"It maybe makes more of an issue of it but I don't know, because I have not heard the comments that he is for some reason backing me for."
Brown insists he is prepared to handle any criticism when it comes.
He added: "I like to fight my own fights, put it that way."
Hull have slipped to 11th in the Barclays Premier League after a run of just one win in 15 matches and are only six points off the bottom. The Tigers had lost six in succession before claiming a point in a 2-2 draw with West Brom last weekend.
Brown brought in Jimmy Bullard, Kevin Kilbane and Manucho in January but had hoped to bring in two more faces before Monday's deadline. Brown admits it was a frustrating experience and has hit out at the whole concept of a mid-season transfer window.
He said: "We were hoping for one or two but the reason is not where Hull City is in the Premier League, the stature of the football club or the stature of the players - it is the transfer window that was standing in our way."
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