Move over Delia Smith, it’s Roy Walker’s turn to make an impassioned plea to fans criticising his side.
Walker, who refused to speak to the media following Saturday’s |7-3 demolition at home by Cliftonville, has used the club’s website to appeal to supporters to get behind the Sky Blues.
Saturday’s reversal means United have won just one out of their nine Carling Premiership games at Warden Street and following last weekend’s drubbing, many doubted whether Walker would be in charge when Donegal Celtic come calling on Saturday.
But the former Crusaders and Glenavon supremo has come out fighting, and in a statement that will also be printed in United’s Sky Blue Leader programme on Saturday, has vowed to stay — for the time being at least.
“You're a fan, I'm a fan... you care and I care,” he says.
“In view of recent events (on and off the field) discussions have taken place and we've agreed to review the position at year end.
“IF interim progress has not been made then changes will (be made), NO excuses just matter of fact and that’s fair.
“Meantime I'm asking YOU ALL to really support the lads over the next few weeks and get right behind the team. Let’s see what happens. United... or not. Only Believe.”
Having shipped 27 goals in those nine games, the United faithful’s patience may have already worn thin. On their travels, few teams have been better than United, but Walker won’t have to be told that Saturday’s visitors DC won 4-0 and 3-0 at the Showgrounds last season.