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Posted on 13 August 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

George Graham has urged fans to get behind the team rather than abusing him. Travelling fans at Vitesse Arnhem made themselves heard in the magnificent Gelredome on Saturday night but a high percentage of chants were direct criticism of the manager - all this before a Premiership ball is kicked and after seven wins in eight unbeaten pre-season matches.

Graham said: "I want the fans to encourage the boys. That's what they want to hear rather than the negative stuff about me.

"I'm a professional, it doesn't bother me. As long as I'm achieving what I want to achieve and that is to work with the boys, work with the team in training, get us much more efficient and to improve on the last two seasons. I would say to the away fans to support the team because they are doing a good job and working hard."

Midfielder Darren Anderton added: "I think there was something in the press before we came out with the manager saying he hadn't had too much stick - perhaps they were just making up for it. That's football. The fans make their feelings known and we'll have to see what happens at the start of the season.

"If we get off to a good start the stuff with David Ginola will all be forgotton about. The fans all loved David and were disappointed to see him go but the manager has won things before, he knows what it takes, and if that's his decision the players are fully behind him.

"There have been lots of ups and downs since I've been at the club and you just have to get on with it. As players we have to block it out. I'm sure the gaffer just gets on with it as well. All we want is to see the fans buzzing on the first day of the season and hopefully they'll get right behind us on Saturday."