David Healy has warned his players that things need to change, and quickly for Linfield.
The reigning Danske Bank Premiership champions find themselves TEN points off current league leaders Larne following last Saturday's 4-2 defeat at home to the Invermen.
A tricky trip to Newry City awaits Healy and his charges this afternoon with Healy promising changes in personnel.
He revealed he let the players know after their recent defeat last week - their fourth of the season already - that things have to improve as it is now getting "out of hand".
"I said to the players after the Larne game that even though I was hopefully pretty measured in what I was talking about I was burning with annoyance, frustration and anger inside," said Healy.
"The players know that, there have been a few times when we've basically left no stone unturned in there.
"I take responsibility as manager and I hold my hands up about results, but the players know they are short at the minute.
"The quality and effort that we've needed over the last few weeks hasn't been there, but that's everybody at the minute and we need to regroup, refocus, regain some sort of trust in everybody and try to make subtle adjustments going forward.
"The players know we're underperforming and it's at the stage where it's getting out of hand, we have to get our act together.
"It's hugely disappointing given how early in the season it is.
"If we keep falling behind there's going to be serious consequences come the end of the season.
"That's not for the here and the now, but it will be later down if we don't act.
"There needs to be some freshening up in and around the eleven who will start at Newry and we'll see where we are after that."
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