Dean Ryan hits out at social media critics
January 6, 2014
Dean Ryan - 'One step back and everybody wants to put us in the stocks and throw mud at us' © Getty Images
Worcester's director of rugby Dean Ryan has reacted badly to the online reaction of supporters to the weekend's Premiership defeat by London Irish.
The 22-9 loss was their 17th on the trot in a run that started on March 1 and they are now 11 points adrift at the bottom of the table with ten games remaining.
Ryan said that the result came on the back of several improved performances and argued the criticism was unwarranted. "One step back and everybody wants to put us in the stocks and throw mud at us," he told the BBC. "As a club, we've got to get better at that, understand when we're below par and get better.
"But, to fuel that because somebody can sit in their mother's backroom and fire a message on a computer and allow that to be part of something is something we need to move away from."
Last week, writing in the Guardian, Ryan sought to look at the positives. "Anything I might say about feeling in a good place is obviously going to sound a bit hollow.
"Sure, it is a work in progress but we are a vastly different squad from the dysfunctional unit that started the season, believing a Premiership side was purely the product of its wage bill and that a little bit of chequebook magic could do the trick again as it had done in the past."
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