Darrell Clarke: "Give the Players a Chance"

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has spoken ahead of this weekend's clash between the Saddlers and Swindon Town and has encouraged fans to have their say on his team but also asked them to give his players a chance.
The Saddlers head into this weekend's League Two clash with the Robins after suffering five consecutive defeats which leaves them struggling towards the foot of the table, giving fans very few reasons to be cheerful.

Losses to Salford City, Leyton Orient, Cheltenham Town, Oldham Athletic, and Mansfield Town saw the Saddlers endure a dismal October and will be keen to begin November in a far more sucessfull fashion as they make the trip to the County Ground this weekend.

And while Clarke understands fans have every right to have their say, he's asked for everyone to back the team, as they continue to wor through their various tactical issues with a view to a much-needed return to form.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Darrell said; "Fans pay their money, we need the money as a football club and we need them on board. If you pay your money you can say what you want but I always say give the players a chance.

"I don’t mean get on their case after ten minutes but if they feel at the end of the game their performance warrants a clap or a boo then so be it.

"That's the way of the world, if they want to go back on Twitter and say 'he's rubbish, manager's rubbish' and all that, so be it, I'm just thankful I don't go on any of that stuff.

"Especially in the footballing world, everyone wants success tomorrow. The opinions are everywhere you go now. They’re on Twitter, Sky Sports News, football channels and everyone’s an expert.

"Everybody will pick a different team when you’re losing but I’m my own biggest critic, nobody can put myself under more pressure than I put myself under.

"Nobody feels the way I feel when I lose a game, trust me on that, it's like losing a family member, that's the way I've always worked. It’s pleasing that the Walsall fans know where we are at the minute and we’ll have a good journey, we’ll have ups and downs along the journey and we’ll get there in the end.

"Critiques are around every corner so you’ve got to build a siege mentality at training grounds. You have to build standards which are even more important.

"The standards I set are very high and the players seem to be enjoying and focused on that. The training is high intensity, high work rate and the players are improving. We’re a developing club and that’s what they’ve done over the years and we’ve got to get back to that."
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