Fan under pressure to quit following string of poor performances

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Football fan Murray Sutcliffe is coming under increasing pressure to quit following a string of poor performances.

Players rounded on the 44-year-old following Saturday’s disappointing away defeat, with some even taking to social media to demand he be sacked.

“He’s not fit to wear the scarf,” fumed left back Petr Nilson.

“He gave us nothing out there today – no energy, desire or passion. My nan could do better than that.

“The club paid a lot of money to travel up there for that shambles. The least he could do is pay for our petrol out of his own wages.”

Sutcliffe has been with the club since he was eight, but caught the eye in the early 1990s as an energetic teenager.

His willingness to chant abuse at rival fans and tell them he’d ‘kick their fucking heads off’ if there wasn’t three rows of seats and a six-stone female steward in the way made him stand out.

But in recent years he has struggled to recreate that early form.

“If he wants us to compete at the top he’s really got to throw some more money at it,” said club owner Aleksandr Berkowitz.

“The top six are filthy rich and his promise to invest in two replica shirts, a season ticket plus a £9 meal deal at every home game just isn’t enough.

“We need to replace him with someone who really gets the club before we become a laughing stock.”

Sutcliffe’s declining performances have coincided with a series of problems in his private life, including the death of his father, the breakdown of his marriage and diagnosis of throat cancer.

Club kit man Marcus Gaskins said: “He needs to grow a pair. If I was on the kind of five-figure salary Sutcliffe picks up from his middle-management job you wouldn’t hear me moaning.

“For that kind of money I’d just get on with it.”

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