Richie Foran may still be searching for his first league victory since taking over as Caley Thistle manager, but captain Gary Warren would be hard pressed to notice.
Inverness are bottom of the Premiership after starting the season with three straight losses, the latest being Saturday’s crushing 5-1 defeat against Hearts at Tynecastle.
The task does not get any easier for Caley Jags, with Saturday’s home match against St Johnstone followed by games against Aberdeen and Celtic.
Despite Foran’s struggle to get off the mark after replacing John Hughes in the summer, Warren claims the Irishman has remained relaxed in his approach to the new job, which he hopes can filter through to the Highlanders’ squad.
Defender Warren said: “He’s always positive and really upbeat. People say he can lose his rag but that’s what we need at times. He’s shown a side where he’s calm under pressure and it’s good for the players.
“I’m the one that’s probably a bit too frustrated right now and he’s calmed everything down. That’s his role as a manager and he’s proved it since he’s taken charge.
“There’s worse things in life. We worry about losing three points on a Saturday but there’s far worse things going on in the world, which we read about in the press. He puts it in perspective and it’s a good outlook to have.
“It’s disappointing not to have picked up any points and to concede so many goals though. We had a start similar last year and finished seventh, where we were still in with a chance of the top six at the very end.
“We’ve got new personnel and it takes a bit of time for new guys to come in and get settled. When we’re constantly turning over players, as soon as that settles down it’ll be fine. We’ve got enough quality to be a real threat.”
Warren is one of Caley Jags’ longest-serving players having joined from Newport County in 2012, and the Bristol-born defender believes the Highlands is an ideal location to foster a strong team spirit, with Foran looking to add to the four summer signings he has already made prior to Wednesday’s transfer deadline.
Warren added: “Looking at the area itself, it’s quiet. We can get our heads down and concentrate on our football – in the bigger cities it’s different. Up here we have to be professional to get on with our jobs.
“It helps to be able to get out and about on our days off. I’ve been up here a few years and me and my family try to explore different places, not just in Inverness but outside it as well.
“I enjoy fishing but I haven’t done it for a while. I only caught three and I haven’t got the patience for it. David Raven is the fisherman. It’s good for the peace and quiet.
“I started off with David and the old physio John Docherty on the loch, we used to go out a couple of times a week. After not catching anything it kind of died out, but David still goes out. I was just happy I caught one.”