Espanyol President Ramon Condal has backed the club’s fans by saying that if he was one of them then he would also protest.
The supporters at Cornella El-Prat have become increasingly frustrated at a start to the season that has seen Mauricio Pochettino’s team take just one point from a possible 12.
It is a situation Condal empathises with but he remains optimistic the team will turn the corner, although he did sound a note of caution.
“If I were in the fans’ position then I would also protest, yet if we get a good result soon everything will be different. It totally changes the game if the ball goes in.
“The supporters want to win and always say that money must be on the pitch and not in the bank, but we must monitor the economic situation at all times, which is controlled.
“We cannot spend what we haven’t got any longer,” admitted Condal in an interview with Catalunya Radio, whilst also stressing his absolute faith in the club’s current project.
“We trust the players and the coaching staff to get us out of the position we are in. I have great confidence in Pochettino as he is a Perico until he dies and will be with us for many years.”
Condal confessed his desire at this time is that ‘we move up the table so people calm down and we can be happy’.
Asked about the two-game bans imposed on Pochettino and his assistant Toni Jimenez after being sent to the stands against Athletic Bilbao, Condal said that ‘what matters is that the players run and the ball goes in’.
Moreover, Condal is worried that Espanyol have lost 4,000 season ticket holders compared to this time last year and tried to explain the reasons for it.
“Economic reasons account for 70 per cent and the rest is because people are unhappy for other reasons. We have a lot of tickets available in the dearest parts of the stadium.”