MANAGER Les Parry has asked frustrated fans to put the team and the club first, as Tranmere slide closer to the League One danger zone.
Rovers played the second-half of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Oldham Athletic to a background of almost constant “Parry out!” chants from elements of the 582 travelling fans.
The reverse, which left Tranmere without a win in 10 games since the turn of the year, cut their cushion above the relegation places to two points.
Parry said: “I understand the supporters being frustrated. I understand the frustration with me. But I would have liked them to save that for the last 10 minutes and got behind the lads to try and lift them, instead of just having a go at me for the whole of the second-half. They seemed more intent on that. They pay their money so they can do what they like.
“Talking to the lads in the dressing room, it had an adverse effect on them. What they (the fans) were singing to me, the lads were hearing on the pitch. We conceded a goal in the early minutes of the second half and we still had 45 minutes to go. It would’ve been nice if they got behind us.
“I don’t mind. I would rather the fans have a go at me than the players, so I will have to take it until we get a win.”
Parry, a lifelong Tranmere fan, was the club’s physiotherapist for close to 20 years before becoming manager in 2009. He kept the team in League One on one of the lowest budgets in the division in the previous two seasons and now faces another fight to beat the drop.
He added: “Our fans don’t have total ownership of passion for the club.
“I put my heart and soul into what I do and it’s the same with the staff and the work they put in. It hurts me and it hurts the staff because of how dear we hold this club in our hearts. It is not just a job to us. That is why my staff were in the dressing room sitting with their heads in their hands.”