Leeds Carnegie: Players are all behind Back - Barrow

Scott Barrow insists every man jack of the Leeds Carnegie side is fully behind Neil Back – with players and management all in it together as they desperately seek a winning formula to rescue the club's ailing season.

The future of head coach Back was sharply thrown into focus recently by an article ahead of the Harlequins game stating that the Leicester and England playing legend would be sacked if Carnegie lost at the Twickenham Stoop.

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But despite Carnegie's ninth Aviva Premiership loss on the spin in 2010-11 – with their heavy 51-18 battering at Quins a particularly gut-wrenching and bitter pill to take – the club have closed ranks to support Back and director of rugby Andy Key with talk of sackings firmly off the agenda.

The sole focus and preoccupation is arresting Carnegie's horror slide this term, with senior players like centre Barrow having been busy racking their brains alongside the coaching staff to find some definitive solutions after the club's dramatic nosediving of on-pitch fortunes.

Back's democratic approach which has sought players input as to why this season has been such a write-off so far is indicative of his open attitude and reputation as a players' man, while reinforcing the togetherness in the Carnegie camp, not that it has been ever up for question in any case.

Former Scotland A and Glasgow three-quarter Barrow, 30, said: "All the boys are 100 per cent behind Neil Back and what we are trying to achieve this year.

"We're all in it together and we're doing it as a squad and a unit and hopefully, we'll come out on the right side.

"We are all battling for each other and you can see the commitment there. We're playing for the coaches and each other.

"We've got 90 per cent of it there, it's just a few tactical decisions what need to get better during the matches."

He added: "Backy is not one of these coaches who says it's his way or the highway. He comes in and asks the senior players what he thinks we are doing wrong and what you want to change in a game plan.

"We have an approach. It's not as if we've been coming out and getting thumped every week.

"Obviously, Quins was the exception to the rule. But it's not happened every week – if it had, you'd start looking around and pointing fingers and it would leave a sour taste."

Carnegie's hopes of getting their wretched reverse at Quins out of their systems at the first available opportunity were hamstrung by the snow deluge last week, which crippled much of the country and led to the postponement of Sunday's home game against Northampton Saints, with the treacherous ice-bound areas close to the stadium deemed to be too dangerous for spectators.

And for the second time this calendar year, it ensured some tough and hazardous travel conditions to negotiate for Barrow, based across the Pennines in the North West, with the St Helens-born star having to make some alternative arrangements in order to get to training.

He said: "It's not been too bad. Although I am keeping my fingers crossed, it doesn't bucket it down again!

"I managed to get over early last week and managed to stay on the Wednesday night when the snow hit pretty bad.

"Then we trained Thursday and then had Friday off. Obviously, the game was called off, but we still had to train on Saturday, when it had thawed a little bit. So it could have been worse."

The date for the rearranged game with Saints is yet to be announced and is likely to rest on the success of both Carnegie and Saints in cup competition.

Meanwhile, Carnegie's potentially huge survival showdown with visiting Newcastle Falcons will now be screened live on ESPN on Sunday, February 27. Kick-off is 5.30pm.

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