Mick McCarthy believes the fans are well within their rights to voice their discontent after a number of Cardiff City supporters booed, jeered and chanted at the manager during their 4-0 hammering by West Brom.
The Bluebirds racked up their fourth straight loss in a row and shipped their ninth goal in four days as the Baggies ran riot in the Welsh capital.
A vociferous contingent of travelling fans began to sing, “You’re getting sacked in the morning”, before a section of Cardiff fans joined in. Some Bluebirds fans booed the chants.
But there was no hiding the boos and jeers at half time, full time and even at points in the game when long balls went awry or the rare attacks broke down.
And McCarthy said he could understand the fans’ frustrations.
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“I want to turn it around and make sure we do better,” he said after the match.
“People singing that at me… the away fans, that doesn’t bother me one bit, when the home fans start doing it, that’s a different ball game all together.
“I can’t say we don’t deserve it at the minute, them jeering us, because we’ve not played well enough.
He added: “I fully understand them. I have no complaints about the fans at all.
“They come here and to support us and watch us and expect better performances.
“I share their frustration as well.
“I can’t complain about [the boos] because of the results we’ve had and the last two performances.
“So I’m not going to say it’s wrong or unfair because it’s not.
“But I get up and go to work and work as hard as I can to put it right. It’s what I do and it’s what I’ve always done, it’s all I’ve known.”
The Cardiff supporters are understandably devoid of hope at the minute, given City’s recent run of form.
But McCarthy has said that he will do everything he possibly can to try and architect some sort of upsurge in fortunes.
“My message is that everybody, myself first and foremost, will be working as hard as we can to turn it around.
“And so will the players. The players are bitterly disappointed in there as you’d expect.
“They feel that it’s not good enough and we’ve got to turn it around.”
The manager is not new to this game, of course, he has some 44 years of professional football experience in the bank.
But feeling the heat from the stands is never nice no matter how battle-hardened you might be.
However, the Bluebirds manager hopes that his years of experience will stand him in good stead amid the most challenging time of his Cardiff City reign.
When asked if his years in the game will help him manage this tough time, he replied: “Absolutely. Well, I hope so, that’s for sure.
“If experience and all the games I’ve had doesn’t give me something now, at this time, then I would be struggling.
“But we will carry on and keep coming in to try and turn it around.”
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