Defiant Keiron Cunningham, who has received plenty of flak from a number of fans in the wake of Saints’ mixed bag of results this season, insisted today: “I will prove the doubters wrong.”
The Saints head coach has been booed by some sections of supporters and has been the victim of a Twitter campaign calling for his sacking, with the hashtag #CunninghamOut sweeping social media.
Cunningham has so far kept his counsel over the barrage of abuse he has received but has finally spoken out after Saints tepid Magic Weekend was roundly criticised.
He said: “Criticism doesn’t worry or matter to me because I know which direction this club is heading.
“I have just got to stick to my guns and like it did when I was a player criticism gives me an added incentive to do even better
“I have a point to prove to certain supporters and I’m determined to do so - something which has been part and parcel of my sporting life since I was a junior at the club.
“When I was 15, I was told I was never going to be big enough to make the grade.
“Since I’ve also been told I’m a rubbish coach and would do nothing at Saints but all it does is give me extra motivation.”
He added: “Being a local lad, the club means a hell of a lot to me and I take any kind of criticism personally and very hard.
“I don’t want to let down our loyal fans, the players and more important the club officials.
“I will keep fighting to the bitter end with this group of players who I have every faith in and I am confident we are still going to do things this year.
“I’ve also been told I’m a rubbish coach and would do nothing at Saints but all it does is give me extra motivation.”