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'You can't be blaming the manager and coaches' - Whelan

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Glenn Whelan playing for Stoke City
Glenn Whelan playing for Stoke City

Former Stoke City midfielder Glenn Whelan says Steven Schumacher's team can turn their form around by working hard on the training pitch.

Whelan made more than 300 appearances for the Potters over a nine year period in which time helped the club win promotion to the Premier League in 2008 and to an FA Cup final in 2011.

Speaking after the club's 5-0 defeat to Leicester City, their heaviest loss at home since a 7-0 defeat to Birmingham in 1998, Whelan said:

"What the fans want is just a little bit more heart and desire to get around the pitch and after an hour if you are knackered and you've put everything in the manager will see that and you can make a few changes. There are certain lads that are going through the motions a little bit.

"For me it's a given, it hurts everybody I was never one that loved winning but what I did do I hated losing. I hated losing in training, in small sided games, I'd hate losing in one v one, so you have to show some heart and desire to get a result. If it's not for yourself or your family then who is it for?"

Stoke have only scored twice at home since the beginning of November and find themselves fifth from bottom of the Championship. Whelan said the players need to look at themselves:

"You can't be blaming the managers and coaches, it's hours on the training ground, it's hard work. If you give that first and foremost then the fans will stick with you," he said.

"It's not just Saturday it's Monday to Friday, you ask any of the players from our dressing room we'd have harder training sessions than some games because we gave everything."

He continued, "Arnautovic and Shaqiri once they came in they didn't realise how tough training was because there would be lads putting in harsh tackles on them in training because that's what we'd be doing in the games.

"Train the way you play, play the way you train and everything else will look after itself."

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