Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is hoping the 700th game of his managerial career will help him to emerge from some of the darkest days he has endured in the game.
The 53-year-old will send his side out against Leicester at St James' Park on Saturday knowing a failure to win at the eighth attempt this season will set an unwanted new Magpies record and increase the pressure on him from outside, if not necessarily inside, the club.
Pardew said: "I have managed at three of the levels, and they have all presented different challenges, which I have enjoyed.
"As a manager, you have real ups and downs - there is euphoria and some real dark days, which I've had recently here.
"You have to try to show a consistency in what you do. It's not really a time for reflection for me this week because Leicester is so important for this football club. All I'm focussed on is getting the win we need for this city and the club."
Newcastle have collected only four points from their opening seven Barclays Premier League games and have had to come from behind to claim the last two of them having trailed to both Hull and Swansea.
Pardew freely admits a team which underwent significant change during the summer is misfiring, and he has spent the international break working with those members of the squad not on duty with their respective countries trying to iron out some of the difficulties.
It is a challenge which he must accomplish soon if owner Mike Ashley is to continue to resist demands from sections of the club's support to dispense with the manager - and the word from inside St James' once again this week is that his job remains safe whatever happens on Saturday - and add to his tally of games.
Pardew said: "You have to try to improve. At the moment, the team is struggling. I need to use all of my resources to try to improve it."
In Pardew's favour is that his players do not seem to have given up on him with the team making a point of involving him in their recent goal celebrations and he insists the dressing room has been supportive.
He said: "There aren't too many times in your career you genuinely feel you lose the dressing room. I don't think I've lost a dressing-room before - but sometimes you can be slightly misguided by that because you're always thinking positively and think people are behind you.
"But certainly there have been signs here that the players are desperate for the win."
However, Leicester have more than made a fist of life in the top flight with their 5-3 victory over Manchester United perhaps the stand-out result, and Pardew is acutely aware they will be no push-over.
He said: "They have have had the stand-out result of the season for me, beating Manchester United when they had everybody available.
"They are a high-energy side and the new players they have brought in have bought into that. Sometimes in the Premier League, you bring new players in and it disrupts it.
"But they have carried that through and I think they have got a bit more quality in the team than last year, and the results suggest that."
Pardew will at least have keeper Tim Krul fit after an injury scare, while Daryl Janmaat and Paul Dummett are also expected to be available.
Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote and Senegal striker Papiss Cisse were due back from international duty in Africa late on Thursday evening with Pardew revealing the club will monitor them amid concerns over the ongoing Ebola crisis.
He said: "We would be naive not have concerns. We have a strategy for when they return and making sure they and their families are taken care of.
"They are essential to us and our doctor has looked into the problems that might arise and also protection for them, and to make sure we do our very best to help them."