Carlisle United chairman Andrew Jenkins claims he and his fellow directors suffered "frightening" verbal attacks from fans last weekend.

The long-serving co-owner and director has appealed to supporters to express their criticism in a "civil manner".

Jenkins used his latest programme notes to refer to complaints issued by fans towards the directors' box after last Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Tranmere - a result that sent the managerless Blues second bottom of League Two.

Writing ahead of United's latest home game against Oldham Athletic, Jenkins said: "Having suffered tough times before, it is always disappointing and even a bit frightening to be verbally attacked so fiercely, as happened from some fans last week.

"It is completely understandable with the run of results and the league position that some supporters are angry and frustrated.

"I can assure you that we are just as angry and frustrated and we do not want us to be in this situation either.

"We do understand the frustration, but I would remind everyone that we have children who sit next to and close to the directors' box area, and we would ask that you try to keep any comments as civil as possible.

"We will always listen, but it is much harder to do so if they are delivered in a very forceful and aggressive manner."

Jenkins added that he will talk to "anyone" and try and explain the club's position, and encourages fans to contact the club to raise issues.