Captain Michael Doyle has admitted there were a “few home truths” spoken in the dressing room after Sheffield United’s latest setback.
Beleaguered Blades manager David Weir held a lengthy post-match inquest with his squad after Tuesday’s 1-0 home defeat to Hartlepool United in the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
United, 22nd in the League One standings, were booed off and a section of the club’s fans called for Weir’s head at the final whistle. The club have lost nine out of their last 12 matches and are without a win in all competitions since August 2.
Doyle conceded: “A few home truths were told behind closed doors.
“It has got to the stage now where there are a lot of winners in that dressing room, including the manager and his staff, and everyone has had enough.
“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves or hide now. It has been a tough run. We have to stick our chests out and play. Obviously supporters aren’t happy and are going to be disappointed. They have voiced their anger and rightly so. We have to be man enough to be able to take that and show some character. We have to grind out some results.”
Asked whether he fears Weir will get sacked if results don’t improve soon, Doyle said: “I hope not.
“There’s a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes; we’re at the training ground working until 3-4pm most days and have been since pre-season.
“There has been a lot of change but I hope he [Weir] gets the time to see it through.
“These are tough times and he’s the man everybody probably looks at. It’s easy to blame the manager but we must all take responsibility.
“I was here last year when Danny Wilson lost his job and it’s a horrible thing and I would hate to see it happen to the manager in such a short spell.
“He’s got so much to offer and I know he will get through this and when he does the club will benefit from it massively. There is pressure on the manager but I’m sure he’s big enough and strong enough to take it.”