IFFY Onuora has backed pal Paul Merson to bounce back from his sacking at Walsall and has vowed to help in any way he can.

The Saddlers parted company with their boss yesterday after a string of poor results.

Onuora, who spent a short period as Merson's assistant at the Bescot Stadium during the early part of last season, feels his friend's love of football will see him rise again.

He said: "I spoke to him after the game on Saturday and he sounded a bit down (Walsall were thrashed 5-0 at Brentford) but reading the papers on Sunday he sounded quite defiant.

"It's not nice, it's the business we're in, a results business.

"I felt for him and I still do. "But I'm sure he will bounce back.

"Football has been his focus throughout his well documented problems and I think he enjoyed management and the responsibility that came with it.

"As a friend I'd like to see him get back into the game in some capacity and have a platform for his talents. If I could help him in any way then I wouldn't hesitate to do so."

Merson admitted people are expecting him to drink himself to death now he has lost his job.

But he added: "I told them it was okay to sack me if that's what they wanted. Having the word sacked on my CV doesn't frighten me.

"I just need to keep myself busy."

Town season ticket holders are reminded that they must return their completed forms to the box office by 5pm on Thursday February 16, which will enable them to bring four friends or family to the Rotherham United game for just £5 per person.

Further details on 0870 4431894.