Butler slates fans

THOMAS BUTLER has slated Sunderland fans for the weight of expectation they put on players during his time at the club.

And he says that fans at Dunfermline Athletic, where he's now playing, are much more supportive and tolerant of players.

The former Republic of Ireland Under 21 star (right) left Sunderland in controversial circumstances last season after returning to his homeland with personal problems.

And he is currently taking Sunderland to an employment tribunal after his contract with the Black Cats was severed after a period of absence from Wearside.

But he says he is enjoying relaunching his career north of the border where fans are not desperate for every touch or pass to be exceptional.

The 23-year-old said: "The fans at Dunfermline are good, considering if, down at Sunderland, if we hadn't scored in the first 10 minutes all the fans would be coming down on top of you.

"Dunfermline will see me in games and get used to how I will play.

"It will make things easier when they know how I play. I am sure when we get an understanding going things will go a lot better in games.

"I've got two options, if I'm playing well and the club want to keep me it's up to them and my agent to open up the dialogue.

"If not, then I'll move on, so it's up in the air at the moment.

"It works both ways for me and the club.

"If things go well I would really like to stay on. The lads and the manager seem great and it seems like a really good club."