Stoke City supporters have been discussing the position of manager Nathan Jones ahead of what is shaping up to be a crucial match for the former Luton Town boss against Nottingham Forest at the Bet 365 Stadium on Friday.
The Potters head into the contest in dire form having failed to win any of their opening eight Championship fixtures, and Stoke also suffered a defeat at League 2 Crawley Town in the Carabao Cup in midweek, losing on penalties after a 1-1 draw, but Jones’ side did at least earn only their second point of the season in a goalless draw at Brentford last weekend.
Friday’s game against Nottingham Forest could be the last opportunity that Jones gets to turn things around at Stoke and finally get his spell in charge at the Bet365 Stadium heading in the right direction, but victory against Forest will be a very difficult task considering Sabri Lamouchi’s side are unbeaten in seven league games since they lost 2-1 at home to West Brom on the opening day of the season.
It is starting to feel like anything other than a win will not be good enough, given that Stoke are now winless in 14 Championship matches stretching back to the end of last season, and many supporters are beginning to feel a change in manager is the only way the Potters can give themselves a chance of finding some form.
Here, we take a look at what Stoke supporters are saying on social media about Jones’ situation in the build up to their clash against Nottingham Forest…
It really does appear that tonight is ‘do or die’ for Jones and his coaching team. It’s as if they’ve been told as much and they are clutching at the few remaining straws to try and scrape a win.
— Simon (@StokieBlokey82) September 27, 2019
It's not just win a match, it's win a hell of a lot more that we want. We want Premier League and to be back to a force to be reckoned with where teams feared coming to the bet365! That's what we want. A team to be proud of again!
— Ben Hopwood (@BenHopwood1) September 26, 2019
I like Nathan Jones. In fact if I could pick what I want my team's manager to be like, I would pick Nathan Jones… But also I'd like him to win as this can't go on. Massive game for all concerned tonight. #wearestoke #scfc
— KT (@kjt1979) September 27, 2019
Players know how big today is, and I think they’ll turn up. I’m going 2-0 stoke. Clucas and Gregory. The 11 who played at Brentford and against Bristol City is our best team and I think jones knows that now. Come on stoke!!
— jordyofsuburbia (@jordanC199915) September 27, 2019
Just win please 🙏
— george (@george95349403) September 27, 2019
Stoke need the fans more them ever tonight. I am behind Nathan Jones until he is no longer the manager, as our chairman still believes in him. I am behind the Coates family as we are very blessed to have them. I am behind Stoke City as this is my club.
C'mon Stoke! #SCFC #Stoke
— John Owen (@JohnRichardOwen) September 27, 2019
Hurrah it’s match day. Stoke are playing tonight, can’t wait, excitement is at fever pitch already. Might go there early and soak up the atmosphere. Hope this rain carries on too. Bouncing. #scfc
— Neil Finney (@NeilFinney) September 27, 2019