David Clarkson in show of support for Bristol Rovers manager Mark McGhee
DAVID Clarkson has voiced his support for under-fire Bristol Rovers boss Mark McGhee and insists it is up to the players to turn results around.
Chairman Nick Higgs reacted to protests by supporters after Saturday's 1-0 home defeat by Dagenham by rubbishing rumours of dressing room disharmony.
Clarkson was also quick to stress that the squad remain united and fully behind their boss, despite slipping into the League Two relegation zone.
The experienced striker turned midfield player said: "I think the gaffer is a great manager and he was one of the main reasons I decided to join Rovers.
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"When I was with him at Motherwell he certainly knew ways to get the best out of players and I'm sure he will prove that again.
"He can only pick 11 lads he believes can go out and win a game. It is up to the players to do better and reward his faith in signing a lot of us.
"We have complete faith in him. If you look at his record as a player he knew exactly what he was doing and we all want to play for him."
Clarkson admitted Rovers are well below the position he anticipated so far into the season, but still foresees a bright future.
"The dressing room is still very much together and we go into each game believing we can win it," he said.
"The problems have been that we have not taken enough of our chances and when we have failed to pick up at the back we have been punished almost every time.
"In football, you get times when things go for you and others when they go against you. At the moment, it is the latter with us, but we will turn it around.
"It's up to every member of the squad to fight as hard as possible for a place in the team and then battle to get the club out of the position we are in.
"We have a squad capable of being a lot further up the table and, with hard work, we will prove that."