Coventry City manager Andy Thorn has slammed the person or people who started the malicious rumours about him quitting his job and the later rumours suggesting dressing room unrest.
An angry Thorn came out fighting and has used the issue to bring the squad even closer together as he prepares his side for the vital bottom of the table game against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
Speaking to the CT, Thorn said: “I am sure Forest will come and be tough to beat but after what has happened this week it has kind of reversed it and we want to prove people wrong because I don’t like people interfering in my dressing room.
“There was stuff on Twitter saying I had gone and that there was unrest among the players and arguing with each other, but that’s not the case and never has been or will be while I am here.
“For one person to start all that they have got to be pretty sad. There are malicious people all over the world, unfortunately, and that’s what we have to deal with in society now, but it was put to bed quickly and as far as I’m concerned it will stay there.”
Thorn then revealed how he first heard of the rumours circulating on Twitter last Wednesday and how, they grew with each telling.
A bemused Thorn said: “It was a very eventful evening. I was at home and got a phone call from my daughter who asked me if I was all right and I thought it was odd because she didn’t ask me for any money and then she told me and I started getting calls, but I don’t know where it has come from and nothing could be further from the truth.
“The thing that hurt me the most was the stuff about my dressing room. People can say what they want about me and I am big enough and ugly enough to handle that, but when they start trying to get in my dressing room then I have a problem with it.
“I called the players together because they obviously read Twitter and we had a chat. It was quite comical at times and we talked about the fact that it is important that we stay strong as a group and don’t let poison get in our dressing room and that certainly won’t happen.
“I love the job and I am learning fast every day and I will come out on top. The fans have been brilliant and got behind me and the team and we have only lost one in nine at home and we’ve needed that.
"They have been an extra man and driven the boys on and we are looking forward to putting in a good performance for them.”