Stuart McCall has warned the moaners and groaners to keep away from Valley Parade.

City’s current slump has set alarm bells ringing among supporters at the midway point of the season.

With just one win in six, early optimism has evaporated as fans fear another empty campaign.

But as City gear up for five away games this month, McCall has come out fighting – and attacked those who have already written off him and his team.

He said: “If anyone wants to pack up and clear off, then I don’t want them here. That goes for anybody connected with the club.

“There is no point in going round with tails between your legs. We’re only halfway through the season and you don’t down tools halfway through a job.

“Anybody who feels like doing that is not welcome here.”

Frustration is growing after last week’s back-to-back home games against Shrewsbury and Cheltenham produced only one point.

But McCall cites Shrewsbury’s sudden recovery from their own poor run as an example of how quickly fortunes can change.

The City chief added: “I watched them a few weeks ago get beat 4-0 at Rochdale. Then in the next home game they only drew 2-2 with Macclesfield, who missed a penalty.

“Shrewsbury got a 96th-minute equaliser with the last kick of the game but still got booed off.

“They then come to us and win the game through a couple of decisions and follow that up with another three points at Chesterfield on Saturday. Two wins and suddenly they are fourth.

“I’ve been in the game long enough to realise football can change so easily.

“There were times when things were going well, then you get a couple of bad results and the wheels have come off. We saw that last season.

“And I also remember when I was with Neil Warnock at Sheffield United and twice we lost four games on the bounce. One of those years we ended up promoted and the other we got to the play-off final.”

City are currently six points off seventh spot heading into Saturday’s trip to Port Vale but McCall insists they are good enough to pull out of the downward spiral.

“People have been to games this season and the facts are there. We’ve deserved a lot more points than we’ve got – even the most pessimistic fan can see that.

“But that’s life and we’ve got the second half of the season to put it right.

“I’m not going to go about with a doom and gloom mentality. That won’t get us anywhere. And it’s the same with everybody involved in the club.”