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Board need to take note of fans’ views
1:00pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
EVERYONE has an opinion. After all, such things keep this weekly column going.
And, with technology today, there are a plethora of platforms for sports fans to make their voices heard.
Players, managers and owners are constantly under the spotlight with verdicts cast from all quarters during and immediately after matches.
Worcester Warriors are no strangers to this and plenty of venom was directed at them from disgruntled fans following defeat to Newcastle, their fifth in a row this season.
Some players bit with Josh Matavesi and Ignacio Mieres reacting to comments on Twitter before deleting their posts.
While I often have sympathy for players wanting to defend attacks on their profession and character — I would no doubt do the same — in the cold light of day, both realised their actions were a mistake.
Fans, too, need to be careful not to overstep the mark when pointing fingers.
But one thing this does show is there is a growing amount of discontent developing for what is happening at Sixways.
It’s only October and, like it or not, Warriors are already in a relegation fight.
Whatever the comments, the powers-that-be would be foolish to ignore the feelings of the paying public.
There is concern out there — your Worcester News published some of the views on Tuesday — and that can’t have gone unnoticed in the boardroom.
Already many have voted with their feet and attendances are significantly down on last season — the ground was barely half-full for the 16-11 reverse against the Falcons.
This is not the knee-jerk reaction of a disgruntled few but the actions of an increasing number of disillusioned supporters.
They have seen it all before and are fed up with paying good money — anything from £19 up to £48.50 — to watch their team lose.
They’re continually being told that Warriors are a work in progress under Dean Ryan, but that just isn’t cutting it with some season-ticket holders, although the director of rugby has won praise for his approach and the way he wants to play.
Supporters would have expected the odd bad result but also would have expected Worcester to have won at least one game out of the first five.
For some, nothing appears to have changed since the departure of Richard Hill, or even Mike Ruddock before him.
Warriors also lost the final five league fixtures last season under Hill so are actually on a 10-match losing streak in the Aviva Premiership.
I’m not quite sure what the answer is but the longer the current trend continues, the more criticism will come Warriors’ way from the stands.
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