Sutton United manager Paul Doswell has launched a scathing verbal attack on former Football League clubs in the National League and claimed other teams' fans are labelling his side a 'pub team'.
The newly-promoted U's have taken the division by storm after clinching promotion last term, having won three of their opening five games to sit third behind high-flying Tranmere Rovers and Dagenham and Redbridge.
Sutton visit Chester FC this weekend looking to continue their good form but Doswell couldn't resist the opportunity to poke fun at rival supporters' supposed taunts to his side ahead of the trip to the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium.
“We will go up to Chester on Saturday morning by first class on Virgin trains with the hashtag #justapubteam,” he told reporters.
“That’s what most teams’ supporters are calling us – just a pub team from Sutton – and we’re laughing about it.
“They’ve said we have a sh*t ground, sh*t players, sh*t facilities and sh*t food – then we beat then and we’re enjoying every minute.”
Doswell then took a swipe former Football League sides now operating in the fifth tier by claiming not enough respect is paid to his side when they visit their Gander Green Lane home ground.
“The bigger ex-League Two clubs don’t give us enough respect when they come to Gander Green Lane,” he added.
“A lot of them are living in the past with their past glories.”