City seem set to miss out on the Championship this season as they are eight points behind with six games left.
He said: “We have brought players in and it takes time for them to settle, coming from abroad or from other clubs, and gelling as a team.
“We have challenged this season and are still fighting until the end.
“As a team, to move forwards, to keep improving, you have to work hard and be together for a number of years.
“Hopefully, we will keep improving as a team and moving forwards as a club.”