Video: Under pressure Sheffield Steelers coach to meet owner after 6-2 humiliation against Cardiff Devils

Steelers coach Paul Thompson admits his future and that of his team is in the hands of owner Tony Smith after Sheffield were hammered 6-2 at home by Cardiff Devils.

Sunday, 23rd September 2018, 19:49 pm
Updated Sunday, 23rd September 2018, 19:57 pm
Paul Thompson - under the cosh

In a video interview with The Star, he said he'd not expected his team to have caved in, in such a manner.

"I can only apologise, I am the gaffer of this group and we didn't get it done. I take responsibility for that."

He said his team was scrambling and chasing the game after flu-victim goalie Jackson Whistle let three early goals in, before being hauled off.

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Thompson admits the gap has widened "at this point" between his side and the champions

"It is not acceptable, we are not even close to them, right now."

There is a growing clamour for Thompson's head among some fans.

Paul Thompson - under the cosh

Asked about the social media campaign he said: "It gets to anybody, eventually. You've got to stay strong, I have got to come back in and do my job. I've got to fix it until Tony (Smith; owner) says 'You are not in the chair any more.' It's as simple as that."

Thompson said the result - their third defeat in four games - means "we have let our fans home hugely."

He said only time would tell if he got it wrong with all the new recruits - but he believes can get it right.