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Inverness support voices concerns

Craig Brewster
Brewster's side are second bottom of the Scottish Premier League

Inverness Caledonian Thistle Supporters' Trust has called a January meeting over their concerns about the performance of manager Craig Brewster.

Supporters trust chairman David J Sutherland left a meeting with football club chairman George Fraser unconvinced that a new direction was imminent.

"Our entire board is really quite concerned about the way things are going," Sutherland told BBC Sport.

"And we want to find out how our members and shareholders feel."

Inverness sit second bottom of the Scottish Premier League, only ahead of Hamilton Academical on goal difference.

And Sutherland, not to be confused with Caley Thistle's major shareholder of the same name, believes that the majority of fans fear that Brewster's side are facing a losing battle against relegation.

"Clearly, our results have been far from satisfactory and, into the second half of the season, there are now real fears among our support that we could be facing relegation after five seasons in the SPL" he said in a statement explaining the call for the 7 January meeting.

We have started to wonder, if we are totally honest, whether a change in the management team is required

Caley Thistle Supporters' Trust chairman David J Sutherland

"But, in addition to that, an increasing number of fans are also extremely unhappy about the manner of these performances.

"The ICT board were unable to agree to our request to meet with them, but a meeting between the two chairmen, although frank and friendly, did not reassure us that they shared our concerns."

Ian Black has agreed a pre-contract agreement to join Hearts in the summer and could be transferred in January should the clubs agree a transfer fee.

And speculation has linked Don Cowie with a move away from Caledonian Stadium.

The club last week issued a statement stressing that they would provide Brewster with the funds necessary to strengthen his squad during January.

But Sutherland said: "Obviously, the players that are likely to go are the best ones and Ian Black and Don Cowie are the ones most in demand by other clubs and would leave a huge hole in our midfield.

"The chairman clearly did not share our concerns.

"He was very much behind the current management team.

"But we have started to wonder, if we are totally honest, whether a change in that department is required."

Title-chasing Rangers visit Caledonian Stadium on Sunday, but Brewster was staying positive despite his side having only taken five points at home this season.

"It would certainly be nice to start off the new year on winning ways," he said.

"This season at home has been disappointing, but let's hope that everybody rallies round and we can put on a performance to give the crowd a lift.

"We played well in many games here and come out on the losing end, but we had a performance against Kilmarnock here which was really excellent and we won the game, so we need performances like that to win on Sunday."

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