Former Bristol City player and coach Leroy Rosenior has urged chairman Steve Lansdown to ignore "silly season" and stick by manager Steve Cotterill.
City are bottom of the Championship, but in a week that has seen four managerial exits, Rosenior says they should not follow suit.
In total, seven managers have lost their jobs this season.
"Steve is always under threat, he's not stupid," Rosenior told BBC Points West. "He's been in the game long enough."
Cotterill took over a Bristol City side that were then second bottom in League One and helped them earn promotion to the Championship as well as win the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, and Rosenior says that should be forgotten.
"People have short memories, Bristol football (City and Rovers) was embarrassing," he said.
"For the past 18 months I have been really proud of both Bristol clubs for what they've achieved. Struggling in the Championship is a lot better than where Bristol City were two years ago.
"Silly season has started and managers are starting to go, (but) people have got to be realistic and I hope Bristol City fans are realistic in relation to where they are at the moment.
"I would hope he has bought himself a lot of leeway from the way they performed last season. He's got a very good chairman in Steve Lansdown, he wants to give people a chance and an opportunity and I think that's the right way to run a football club."
Rosenior backed City to get themselves to get out of trouble if they maintained their work ethic, saying: "You need to judge Bristol City on performances and on the whole performances have been good. Individual errors are costing the team dearly."
He believes their summer recruitment could have been better, but has sympathy with their situation.
"When you get to this level it is a different world," he added. "I know exactly what type of money that is being paid and it would make your eyes water."
This weekend sees City come up against MK Dons, another team promoted from League One from last season, who are a place above them in the table.