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.
Chris Froome has fallen more than a minute behind at the Tour of Spain following the time trial on stage 10
Cesar Azpilicueta has signed a new five-year contract at Chelsea
Less than 24 hours after completing a £16 million pound move to Arsenal on transfer deadline day, Danny Welbeck injured his ankle during England training
Gloucester wing James Simpson-Daniel has been forced to retire from rugby after failing to recover from an ankle injury
Norman Gordon, the former South Africa fast bowler who was the world's oldest Test cricketer, has died aged 103
Potential Ryder Cup players - such as Luke Donald - have only themselves to blame if not selected as wildcards, writes Bob Harig
It was the day that had it all - big-name signings from out of nowhere, club records being broken and a new record set for money spent by Premier League clubs in a transfer window
Concussion specialist Dr Ryan Kohler warns of the dangers of pushy parents who want their kids back on the field ahead of time
Does MS Dhoni hold the record for the most stumpings in international cricket?
Sadly, Floyd Mayweather is more likely to be remembered for the astronomical pay cheques he cashed than his legacy in the ring when he finally hangs up his gloves, writes Steve Bunce
With Manchester United agreeing a loan deal for Radamel Falcao, follow ESPN's unique coverage of all the other Premier League ins and outs on transfer deadline day
Roger Federer overcame a slow start and a heavy thunderstorm to produce some of his best tennis of this US Open as Marcel Granollers was dispatched 4-6 6-1 6-1 6-1 in the third round
Manchester United have agreed a loan deal for Radamel Falcao, subject to the Monaco striker passing a medical and personal terms being agreed
Louis van Gaal has reportedly targeted a £25 million January move for Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman as he switches his focus to clearing out the deadwood from his Manchester United squad on transfer deadline day
Daley Blind says he is happy to play wherever Louis van Gaal wants him to as he gets set to complete his £13.8 million switch to Manchester United
Manchester United's shock move for Radamel Falcao is more an expensive piece of retail therapy than an answer to their problems, writes John Brewin
Paul McGinley says his Ryder Cup picks will come from Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Stephen Gallacher and Francesco Molinari - so who's headed to Gleneagles?
Bobby George talks to ESPN about the growing popularity of darts, the game's biggest changes and what he would do if son Richie won the BDO World Championship
Christmas comes but once a year, unless you are Jim White. Sky's excitable transfer news specialist bursts into action today for his twice-yearly orgy of rumours, sightings, done deals and interviews of Harry Redknapp through the window of his Range Rov
ESPN.co.uk have teamed up with ESPN FC to bring you previews for all the Barclays Premier League teams