Dean Ryan hits out at social media critics
January 6, 2014
Dean Ryan - 'One step back and everybody wants to put us in the stocks and throw mud at us' © Getty Images
Worcester's director of rugby Dean Ryan has reacted badly to the online reaction of supporters to the weekend's Premiership defeat by London Irish.
The 22-9 loss was their 17th on the trot in a run that started on March 1 and they are now 11 points adrift at the bottom of the table with ten games remaining.
Ryan said that the result came on the back of several improved performances and argued the criticism was unwarranted. "One step back and everybody wants to put us in the stocks and throw mud at us," he told the BBC. "As a club, we've got to get better at that, understand when we're below par and get better.
"But, to fuel that because somebody can sit in their mother's backroom and fire a message on a computer and allow that to be part of something is something we need to move away from."
Last week, writing in the Guardian, Ryan sought to look at the positives. "Anything I might say about feeling in a good place is obviously going to sound a bit hollow.
"Sure, it is a work in progress but we are a vastly different squad from the dysfunctional unit that started the season, believing a Premiership side was purely the product of its wage bill and that a little bit of chequebook magic could do the trick again as it had done in the past."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Communication error please reload the page.
Three-time world champion Niki Lauda says Sebastian Vettel's victory in Malaysia was good for Formula One and the German driver's own image after the reputation he built between 2010 and 2013
Amir Khan believes the time is not right for a Battle of Britain with Kell Brook for the IBF world welterweight title as the reigning champion is virtually unknown in the United States
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says Sebastian Vettel's win for Ferrari in Malaysia has set alarm bells ringing for the reigning world champion
Wayne Rooney believes England are at last starting to strike fear into opponents. The Three Lions were all too easily exposed during a disappointing summer in Brazil last year
Tiger Woods has fallen out of the top 100 players in golf's world rankings for the first time since 1996
After a 10-year break in the fixture, England and Italy have faced each other three times in as many seasons, with one win each and a draw
Queensland are worth watching again, even if victory over the Lions would have papered over cracks, because Quade Cooper is back in the No.10 jersey, Greg Growden writes
In a exciting return from injury, Quade Cooper thrilled fans to become Player of the Round, while a new star now leads the medal tally
The Hurricanes have always been a franchise rich on talent, but something was always awry; not any more as they look the real deal Sam Bruce writes
In the latest edition of ESPN's Week in Words, Dion Dublin makes something of a career change, RFU officials have some harsh words for the national team, and Kell Brook is eyeing a bigger prize...
Six months after being victim of a machete attack that left him fearing for his life, Kell Brook dished out a vicious attack of his own in his a first world title defence
Kell Brook is not waiting for Amir Khan to make up his mind about fighting him and hopes to face either Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez or American Brandon Rios this summer
Patrick Kluivert has revealed he did not follow Louis van Gaal to Manchester United as his No.2 last summer as he was holding out for a managerial role instead
Luis Suarez received a rapturous reception as he made his first return to Anfield since joining Barcelona, playing the second half of a charity game between sides captained by Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher
Danny Welbeck believes signing for Arsenal has helped him to improve his international form for England
Rory McIlroy walked off at the Honda Classic. What next for the Northern Irishman?
Join Steve Bunce and Barry Jones each week for the latest news, views and debate from the boxing world.
Who has driven in the most GPs before taking pole position?
Unbeaten heavyweight Dillian Whyte, 28, (14-0, 11 KOs) tells ESPN where his rivalry with Anthony Joshua stems from and outlines the plan for his career this year after returning from a doping ban in November
Miroslav Klose scored goals in the World Cup final tournaments of 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. Has anyone else scored World Cup goals 12 years apart?