Cunningham determined to silence his critics

St Helens head coach Keiron Cunningham is determined to win over the fans as pressure grows at Langtree Park.

Disgruntled supporters made their feelings known after Friday’s 26-4 defeat to St Helens, booing Cunningham when he was shown on the big screen following the match.

Cunningham is a legend at St Helens following his illustrious playing career at the club, however he is prepared to prove people wrong once again after being told he wouldn’t make it at Saints as a teenager.

“Being a local lad, the club means a hell of a lot to me,” said the 39-year-old.

“I’m used to the criticism. I’ve been called rubbish since I was 17, since I first signed for this club. I was told I was never going to be big enough to make the grade.

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


“All it does is add fuel for me and it’s always been fuel since I started my playing career.

“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.”