SHEFFIELD TIGERS: No regrets as boss David Hoggart defends blast at riders

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DAVID Hoggart insists the Sheffield management were forced into last week’s comments criticising the attitude of certain team members.

The Tigers team boss, along with club owner Neil Machin, announced his displeasure at the way some riders had conducted themselves in the defeats against Berwick and Glasgow.

Hoggart, though, believes it was something that had to be done after a string of poor results and an inconsistent season.

He said: “As a team and as a unit, the team need to endear themselves to the fans again and they really don’t have much time to do that.

“There’s a lot of people feeling let down by a string of results where we should have done better. It’s as simple as that.

“I’ve always been very reluctant to publicly criticise anyone because that’s not the way we like to do things. I don’t think it is always helpful.

“But it got to a point where we couldn’t hide anymore. We couldn’t hide behind publicity and it had to be said.

“We had to come out and say something because we owed it to the supporters to be honest and frank, and that is why we said what we did.”

They now take a break as Owlerton hosts the British Under-19 Championship on Thursday and the Premier League Riders’ Championship on September 23.