This is a complicated business when it comes to Hibernian, so it is best one takes their time to avoid getting in a fankle. If only somebody had let Pat Fenlon know earlier this summer then the Easter Road side's manager might have been spared from the uncomfortable situation he finds himself in now.
That is a cynical comment and one rendered unfair when you consider that the scale of change the Irishman has enacted in his squad was made to seem necessary at the end of last season. Fraser Mullen, Michael Nelson, Owain Tudor Jones, Liam Craig, Rowan Vine and James Collins have all been brought in and featured against Hearts last weekend. The arrival of new players is often treated with a sense of excitement by supporters, yet that lasted only until their city rivals went ahead at Tynecastle.
That frustration would perhaps have worn by the time their side returned to Easter Road to face Dundee United this afternoon but patience is thin on the Leith ground. Fenlon have already overseen four straight defeats this season, including one in a derby and two more in Europa League qualifiers which add up to a 9-0 aggregate defeat by Swedish league leaders Malmo.
The Hibs manager would have liked to consign that two-legged kicking to the past but it retains a relevance given that the campaign remains bereft of anything more positive for fans to think about. "The heftiness of the defeat against Malmo has made matters worse," said Robertson.
Yet he is able to perceive a time when things get better. For Fenlon's sake, the Hibs midfielder will hope that comes this afternoon when United alight in Edinburgh. "I'd like to ask for patience for the manager because he has brought in a lot of new players and if you look at the starting line-up from the start of last season to this, it is completely different," he said.
"It will take time to get the balance right and find a winning formula, and hopefully we can start by winning this weekend. United have brought in the same number and they are similar in terms of not knowing the best shape. It's up to the manager to find it and no better time to do it than this weekend. We're close."
Such optimism is necessary in times of difficulty and the faith that the midfielder has in his manager - who salvaged him from the reserves at Blackpool in January - might even be considered endearing. It has been evident from disgruntled murmuring in the stands and outright revolt on internet forums that supporters do not share his positivity, though, and Robertson accepts that it is up to the Hibs players to restore the fans' belief in the manager.
"Everything must be positive from manager to players, backroom staff and fans as well. It's easy for me to sit and say that but if the fans can help us be positive it makes it easier for us on the pitch," he said.
The midfielder spoke broadly so as to include all at Hibs in his positive monologue, but Gavin Gunning could be forgiven for taking a more selfish outlook ahead of United's visit to the capital. The Tannadice defender has been out of action for several months after suffering a knee injury and is only now able to look ahead to a Saturday afternoon with the intention of playing a part.
"I feel as though I'm ready to be involved on Saturday," said the Irishman. "I have been out for a few months and I'm just desperate to get back. That's the bottom line. I had done my knee a couple of months before the Hearts game but initially I didn't think it was too bad. Then I was training and I just felt it. When I went down in the Hearts game I knew it was bad.
"I have been out before for seven months with an ankle injury when I was a teenager but this one was a bit harder as I couldn't do anything and obviously I put a bit of weight on which I have worked hard to get off."