Saints boss Boyd: I've got no time for people who criticise players

Saints boss Chris Boyd says he has no time for critics after the club issued a warning to supporters about overstepping the mark following last Sunday's defeat to Bristol Bears.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 12:00 pm
Saints boss Chris Boyd

The black, green and gold suffered an agonising 28-21 loss at Franklin's Gardens, and some people took aim at the players and coaches on social media.

Consequently, Saints posted a message, which read 'we love that so many of you are so passionate about our Club, but please don’t overstep the line'.

Saints added: "Please consider carefully the comments you make on our social media and beyond.

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"Frustration/anger/disappointment is fine, but we will not accept messages that directly abuse any of our players and staff.

"We're all hurting from today's loss, but let's move forward together. COYS."

Boyd was asked about criticism he and his players, particularly Harry Mallinder, who endured a difficult cameo from the bench in the final 20 minutes, had received after the game.

And the Saints boss said: "I've got no time for people who criticise players and I've got no time for social media so I wouldn't even bother to waste my time commenting on it.

"If Harry's got a situation then the situation I need to handle with Harry is around his preparation and performance and stuff that happens inside the team.

"What happens outside the team, I can't control so what I'll deal with is what I can control."

Boyd was quizzed about the decision to take off fly-half James Grayson and replace him with Mallinder when Saints were leading 21-14.

And when asked how Grayson had reacted since then, Boyd said: "He's okay. I had a long chat with him on Tuesday morning.

"He knows what our decision-making was based around, and life goes on."