ROVERS boss Owen Coyle insists he doesn’t fear for his job – despite his team languishing in the relegation zone and this week seeing another Championship manager axed.

Walter Zenga’s dismissal from the Wolves hotseat on Tuesday, after only 87 days in charge, makes it six second-tier bosses who’ve been given the boot this season.

But Coyle claims he doesn’t give the prospect of getting his marching orders from Ewood Park ‘a second thought’, and he’s confident Rovers are on the up after a bad start to the season.

“It doesn’t enter my head,” he said when asked if Zenga’s sacking gives him cause for concern.

“I don’t live my life looking over my shoulder and we had a really terrible start, taking two points from seven games.

“Our recent form has been very good. We are the reverse of what’s happened at those clubs. It doesn’t make it right but maybe they haven’t taken enough points.

“We know we’re putting a lot of good things in place. We’re playing well, picking up points – 10 from the last seven matches. We know we’re moving in the right direction in terms of the philosophy, how we perform and the points we’ve picked up.

“I don’t give it a second thought. We’ve got to make sure we’re controlling what we can.

“I’m big enough and ugly enough to deal with whatever comes my way.”

Zenga joined Roberto Di Matteo (Aston Villa), Paul Trollope (Cardiff), Nigel Pearson (Derby), Alan Stubbs (Rotherham) and Gary Caldwell (Wigan) – also fired on Tuesday – on the list of Championship managerial casualties.

Coyle claims the pressure and expectations of fans and owners who crave Premier League football plays a major part in the lack of time given to bosses at that level.

But he insists he will continue to work hard at Rovers, and do it with a smile on his face.

He said: “We understand how the game works, particularly in the Championship.

“Everybody craves the Premier League, that’s why there is so much pressure in respect of what happens in the Championship.

“Very good people lose their jobs for a multitude of different reasons, from circumstance, change of ownership, personality.

“It doesn’t make it right but ultimately it’s what happens in the league.

“If you look at yourself you come in every day, pour your heart and soul into the club you’re at, which we are doing at Blackburn and Zenga did at Wolves.

“Di Matteo has won the Champions League. Was he given time at Villa? No, he wasn’t.”

“It’s not nice when you see colleagues go, but it’s what happens.

“It’s become a trend so all you can do is your very best and you do it with a smile on your face.”