Cunningham determined to silence his doubters

Underfire St Helens boss Keiron Cunningham insists he will prove his doubters wrong.

Following their early exit in the Challenge Cup and their disappointing Magic Weekend defeat to Huddersfield, a section of the St Helens support has turned on the club legend, using the hashtag #CunnninghamOut to make their feelings known.

Cunningham has been tasked with matching the fans’ lofty expectations since their 2014 Grand Final win, and following their defeat to Huddersfield, an eighth in 17 games this season, criticisms intensified.

However, addressing the club’s critics, Cunningham told the St Helens Reporter: “Criticism doesn’t worry or matter to me because I know which direction this club is heading.

“I have just got to stick to my guns and like it did when I was a player criticism gives me an added incentive to do even better

“I have a point to prove to certain supporters and I’m determined to do so – something which has been part and parcel of my sporting life since I was a junior at the club.

“When I was 15, I was told I was never going to be big enough to make the grade.

“Since I’ve also been told I’m a rubbish coach and would do nothing at Saints but all it does is give me extra motivation.”