WEAVER ASKS FANS FOR PATIENCE
By Jamie Dixon
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Having secured a return to the top flight in England last season, the City fans are optimistic of their team's chances in the Premiership next season. Although, Weaver has pleaded with the fans not to expect too much too soon.
The highly-rated custodian, who was a bargain buy for City at £100,000 from Mansfield, has suggested that the fans could play a crucial part in ensuring that City re-establish themselves amongst the top clubs in England.
"We have great fans who enjoy a good rapport with the team and I just want them to be realistic," Weaver told M.E.N. Sport.
"It is important that they are patient because we are not going to runaway and win our first 10 games. We are, however, confident we will hold our own.
"No one is expecting us to walk it and it is important expectations are not too high. Our supporters are great and if they get behind us, like I know they will, it will be a massive help. They have already played a massive part in helping us win double promotions over the last two years.
"We can do a Sunderland, who have consolidated without spending that much money. If we do finish mid-table it will be a fantastic achievement that will give us something to build on."
Having received the backing of manager Joe Royle earlier this month, Weaver is eager to reproduce the kind of form that has seen him linked with full England honours in the near future, but he has admitted that he is nervous about the prospect of his first season in the top division.
"The Premiership is the best league in Europe if not the world." added the England Under-21 star. "It has not really sunk in yet but it will when I run out at Charlton.
"I'm a bit apprehensive, but excited as well. There will be a brilliant atmosphere at Maine Road - it's just a pity we won't be able to get everyone in, although I know the capacity has been increased."