Man City fans have told coach Pep Guardiola to ‘Stick to coaching’ after his plea for more supporters to attend the home games. The coach said that the team hoped for a bigger presence at the Etihad against Southampton after just 38,000 of their 55,000 fans attended their 6-3 mauling of RB Leipzig. The General Secretary of the official supporters club has asked the coach to be more considerate explaining that he was not aware of the difficulties that supporters face.

“[What he said] did surprise me,” Man City Parker said after the comments by Pep Guardiola. “I’m not sure what that’s got to do with him. He doesn’t understand the difficulties that some people might have got to a game at the Etihad on a Wednesday evening at 8 pm. “They’ve got kids to think of, they might not be able to afford it, [and] there are still some Covid issues about. I don’t see why he comments on it.”

“He’s absolutely the best coach in the world but, in the nicest possible way, I think maybe he should stick to that,” he added. “It just takes the edge off what was a good night. People are talking more about Pep’s comments than a fantastic game. To question the support, which is effectively what he is doing, is disappointing and uncalled for.”

“It does also play into the hands of supporters from other teams who want to take every opportunity to have a go at City for what they think are the poor attendances,” Parker added. “People refer to the Etihad as the ‘Emptyhad’. It’s a little bit of fun by the opposition supporters but there’s no justification for it. It’s not factual. Our attendances are generally excellent.”

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