Southampton supervisor Nathan Jones insists he doesn’t hearken to public criticism as he took challenge with perceived damaging questioning forward of Saturday’s relegation battle at Everton.
Jones has misplaced his opening 4 Premier League matches amid supporter unrest however improved the temper at St Mary’s by guiding Saints to a shock 2-0 Carabao Cup quarter-final win over Manchester City on the again of reaching the FA Cup fourth spherical.
After upsetting Pep Guardiola’s aspect on Wednesday night, the previous Luton boss used his press convention on Thursday to specific irritation at current feedback from Havant & Waterlooville supervisor Paul Doswell, a Southampton fan, claiming he was out of his depth.
Bottom-of-the-table Saints journey to Goodison Park on Saturday, the place the sensation amongst followers is arguably much more gloomy, with Frank Lampard’s Toffees additionally languishing within the backside three.
“I have ignored everything really and I don’t want it to be a big issue because some of it’s justified, some of it’s not,” Jones mentioned of the criticism.
“I took umbrage to one thing really (Doswell’s comments). When you’re in the public eye and when you do a job like managers do, you’re going to get criticism regardless of what you do at every level.
“It’s nothing to do with thick skin or not, I think I’ve held myself with real dignity in terms of recent weeks and hopefully now coming through.
“I don’t hear it. I was informed about one incident, that’s it. I don’t read social media, I don’t read press much. I block everything out. I have tunnel vision on trying to do a job for Southampton.”
Back-to-back cup victories over City and Crystal Palace ought to present Southampton with a serious morale increase earlier than the journey to Merseyside.
Everton supporters are planning a sit-in protest following the weekend recreation, throughout which there might be requires proprietor Farhad Moshiri to vary the construction of the board and take away long-standing chairman Bill Kenwright and chief govt Denise Barrett-Baxendale.
Asked in regards to the prospect of each units of followers venting displeasure, Jones replied: “You’ve got very negative questions. Let’s focus on the levels of performance that we’re doing.
“I can’t comment on Frank Lampard or Everton Football Club. What I can comment on is Southampton and we have a wonderful football club here.
“Yes, they (the fans) are a little bit disgruntled but hopefully we’re changing perceptions, given time we will change perceptions and that’s all it is.
“I can’t comment on Merseyside fans or anyone else and I’m not concerned about their fans, I’m only concerned about myself.”
Having additionally defeated League One Lincoln within the Carabao Cup since his arrival, Jones defended his total file.
“Take the Liverpool game (a 3-1 loss) out of it because I’d had one day (to prepare), I’m at 50 per cent win ratio at the minute,” he mentioned.
“I’ve lost three Premier League games, won all the cup games.
“I need to improve my ratio in the Premier League and if I can do that the criticism will stop.”