Sheffield United: Smith thankful for support

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GARY Smith, the Stevenage manager, has thanked chairman Phil Wallace for his backing despite a disappointing run of results which has seen Sheffield United’s latest opponents slide down the League One table.

Stevenage host Danny Wilson’s side at the Lamex Stadium tomorrow 16th in the table after winning two and losing 10 of their 12 games.

But Smith, whose own position has inevitably been the subject of intense scrutiny, said: “The chairman has been very supportive. He’s got behind me and the team and that has really helped.

“The chairman is looking at a team that has shown so many good signs and then he’s looking at a group going in the other direction. He’s been very supportive which, of course, isn’t always easy.

“The most frustrating thing is that you see a group that are so capable falling just short. Those lines are just so minute.

Smith also admitted Stevenage’s plight has taken its toll on his personal life.

“Every single area of your life is affected,” he continued. “You want to find the remedy and you work harder to find that remedy.

“A lot more goes into your day because suddenly the consequences of losing are not something that you want to contemplate. But you don’t doubt what you’re capable of.

“If you ever fear the sack in this job then it’s not worth doing because we know, as managers, that whether it’s here or somewhere else, we will get the sack at some stage.”