Tony McMahon has insisted Sheffield United’s players stand full-square behind manager David Weir despite the club’s disappointing run of form, writes James Shield.
United, who host Crawley Town this evening, slumped to the bottom of the table when they were beaten by Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend.
Weir’s first team squad enter the meeting with Richie Barker’s side hoping to avoid a seventh consecutive League One defeat but McMahon said: “We are 100 per cent behind the gaffer. This is the way I was brought up to play, proper football where the ball is kept on the deck.
“We’re not hiding from the results because you will always be criticised when they’re not good and quite rightly so. I’d be the first person to admit that.
“But we will turn it around. I’m sure of that.
“No one, as we’ve all seen in the past, is too good to go down but when you look at the quality we’ve got here, that’s why I know we will come good.”
“I was speaking to him (Weir) a few days back and told him that someone is going to end up getting a good hiding from us when it clicks.
“Look at our front four at Wolves. It was as good as anything in the division.
“If we’d have got the first goal then we’d probably have gone on to get some more. That’s crucial.
“We’re playing well but we’ve got to be more ruthless in front of goal. All of us.”
McMahon, who scored twice when the two teams met at Broadfield Stadium last term, was speaking after George Long (England under-21) became the third United player to be selected for international duty later this month. Marlon King (Jamaica) and Sean McGinty (Republic of Ireland under-21) are also scheduled to miss next weekend’s game against Coventry City.
McMahon said: “No one is hiding and I actually think we’ll come out of this much stronger as a group. I’ve been in these situations before and it brings you closer together without a doubt.
“We have a few experienced players, myself included, and we’re helping the younger lads out because, being at this club, they won’t be used to losing.
“No one is hiding and we’re all in it together.”