Tamatea premier club rugby coach Levi Armstrong is the first to admit having Mongrel Mob members among his players hasn't gone down well with some club stalwarts.

But Armstrong believes his critics should get behind the team and support what he is trying to achieve.

"I've been reading in the papers about the problems Mongrel Mob members are causing up Te Mata Peak. I'm offering a solution to some of these problems ... trying to get Mob members away from smoking and drugs and into sport, a better lifestyle," Armstrong said.

"That will only happen if we get more support