ANDY PERRY INTERVIEW
Andy Perry interview. Listen at mansfieldtown.net here
Mansfield chairman doesn't blame fans' jeers
CHAD.co.uk, 20 October 2008
By Staff Reporter
STAGS chairman Andy Perry has defended the supporters who booed his side off the pitch after Saturday's fourth successive defeat.
Manager Billy McEwan was unhappy with a few comments after the final whistle when some fans vented their anger at another poor performance, which left Mansfield Town effectively just one point off the relegation zone.
McEwan hurt by Stags fans' reaction to fourth straight defeat
On Saturday, following the 2-1 defeat to Wrexham, McEwan said: "The fans made their feelings known in no uncertain terms which is not very nice, but part of the game we are in. But some of it was uncalled for.
"I was disappointed with one or two of the comments and if that is the way they want to build this football club they are doing it the wrong way."
But in an interview with the club's official website mansfieldtown.net, chairman Perry said: "Throughout the game the support was tremendous for the players and the manager . . . you can't fault the fans in anyway shape or form, they got behind the team and cheered the team on.
"(Then after) 90 minutes, the final whistle goes and they show their discontent. I totally agree and support that. It happens at every single ground around the country.
"That is just their way of saying that isn't acceptable. We are disappointed ourselves at the club, but not disillusioned. There is a long long way to go
"There is no reason if that support continues, which I am sure it will, that the players will pick the tempo back up again.
"It is not a time to panic, keep supporting the team. I understand I want to see some good football. If the football is not happening or the results are not happening, I'm like yourselves I want to see 100% commitment.
"At times when that is not happening, that is when the frustration starts, but I am sure this week with the cup game on Saturday . . . maybe a little break away from the League the players can regroup.
"I am not telling the fans how to suck eggs. They will support the team all the way through, thick and thin . . . they can do what they want, if they are booing after the game it is justified, they know football."
Click here to listen to the interview in full, including news on plans for the club shop and the new owners' pleasure at the success of the X Bar on matchdays.
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