MK Dons boss Karl Robinson admits he took his eye off the ball when linked with the vacant managerial post at Nottingham Forest in October.
The 31-year-old was heavily tipped to succeed former England boss Steve McClaren at the City Ground after he departed at the start of October.
Robinson's Dons side failed to win in the four games that followed McClaren's departure but have since won four on the trot.
He told the Milton Keynes Citizen: "I think when the Forest job came up it was a distraction because I didn't want to let anyone down. I didn't want people to think I was doing something against what I had said. I didn't want people to read it and think 'he's going because he's said all this'.
"I can't speak to thousands of people at any one time, so what I was saying internally didn't filter out. People questioned what I said, but I was worried that people felt I'd let them down.
"I'll stay here as long as our ambitions stay parallel. There were fans who doubted me, there were fans who thought I was the most ridiculous signing after Paul Ince, Martin Allen and Roberto Di Matteo. I want to stay here and build something strong."