With the season quickly becoming a nightmare, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said it’s up to him and his coaching staff “to get (the players) to respond to all of us.”

The Cubs entered Monday night’s game against the Reds with a 5-12 record, and Sveum has taken some heat for the poor play for the first time in his managerial stint.

Does Sveum think about his future with the team playing so bad?

“Yeah, I’d be lying if you didn’t think about yourself through some of this stuff too,” he said. “But that’s stuff you don’t have control over. I’ve got control over my job and the coaching staff to prepare everybody every day in spring training and this and that, and that’s all I can do.”

Asked if he feels like he has the support of president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer, Sveum replied: “Oh yeah. No doubt.”

Sveum’s comments Sunday about Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro were still reverberating in Chicago. Asked if he was sending a message to them by suggesting they could be sent to Triple-A Iowa like any other young player, Sveum said: “You guys asked me if those guys couldn’t get sent down. I said nobody was exempt (from) it.”

Sveum said he has not spoken to Rizzo or Castro about the comments.

“They’re not the only ones,” he said. “You guys were pushing them (in the line of questioning).”

Sveum was told that the questions stemmed from the widespread belief the Cubs would never send either Rizzo or Castro down because of their status as core players in the rebuild.

“Like I said, nobody is exempt,” he replied. “Pointing them out, that doesn’t mean they’re (being demoted). Obviously we all know people who have options and things like that -- you have control over those players.