Stand-in Hibs captain Ben Williams is baffled that there is even a debate about Pat Fenlon’s future, with the goalkeeper insisting that every player at Easter Road is desperate to ease the pressure on their embattled manager.
Earlier this week, chairman Rod Petrie had to publicly back Fenlon, who has come in for widespread criticism following Hibs’ poor start to the campaign.
However, while Williams, right, acknowledges that performances and results have not been up to scratch, he is adamant that the dressing room is right behind their manager and that they will do everything in their power to keep him in his job. “There are definitely not any players who are not playing for the manager,” said Williams emphatically. “I think it is just a case of the lads being a little bit low on confidence at the moment.
“You’re just waiting for that real positive result that we need to change that around.
“We are all fighting for the same cause. We are all striving to better this club as players, manager, chairman and fans. We all want to win, regardless of anything else.”
Williams insists there is no crisis at Easter Road and can’t believe the backlash towards Fenlon at this early stage of the season. “We’re only three games into the season and we’re answering questions about the pressure on the manager. It all just seems a bit premature, but I suppose that is the nature of football at the moment.”
Williams also insisted the manager has enough fire in his belly to turn things round. “I don’t know how it comes across on the touchline, but he is a very passionate man and he is committed to the club and to us as players,” he said.