Newcastle boss John Carver was threatening and swore at fans, claims eyewitness
Caretaker manager's version of events contradicted by supporter who witnessed row during Swansea game
Published 27/04/2015 | 12:53
A woman who witnessed John Carver’s argument with Newcastle United supporters during the 3-2 home defeat to Swansea City has said she is “100% certain” the head coach had threatened them during the row.
Karen Choake, an occupational therapist from Darlington, was sat two rows behind the supporters who were sworn at by Carver after they criticised him and the team during a seventh successive defeat.
Carver has “categorically denied” he swore at the fans and insisted he had not threatened them, merely asking if they would like to have a chat after the match to discuss where things are going wrong.
He has instead argued the club needs to make sure the stewards offer more protection by removing supporters who abuse him.
However, Carver’s version of events has been contradicted by eye-witness accounts and Ms Choake insisted she felt the club’s head coach had been overly aggressive.
“I saw it with my own eyes, having gone to support the team,” she said in an interview with the Newcastle Chronicle. “I used to have sympathy for him but not anymore - I won’t go back while he is still there.
“After the third Swansea goal went in and everyone was so frustrated, a guy two rows in front of me started to ask questions of John and then John responded so unprofessionally.
“He shouted back, ‘what do you want me to do about it’ and said that he wanted to take the argument outside in a threatening manner. He then used swear words and I am 100% sure of that.
“I was taken aback and upset by it. I have seen Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce get lots of flack in the past but they would ignore it. It is natural for fans to vent their frustrations. John looked ready to pounce on anything, even when we were winning. He was full of anger.
“There were families around and everyone on his bench would have heard. How can you earn respect when you behave that way? It was scary.”
It is the second time this season Carver has been involved in a spat with the club’s own supporters after an altercation with fans holding a poster calling for the sacking of Pardew earlier in the season at Southampton, which he later apologised for.
Tempers are already frayed on Tyneside - fans protested at Mike Ashley by brandishing red cards on Saturday - but Carver denied he had done anything wrong on this occasion.
He said: “One of the lads actually said to me: “Are you threatening me?” I said no come and see my afterwards and I will explain to you. He obviously thought I was (threatening).
“There was no way in the world I was doing that. I did that once before (Southampton) and I said then I'd not get involved in something like that again and I ain't.
I would like to explain to those two lads. Love them to come to the training ground, have a cup of tea, sit in a room and talk about it. I would be interested to see what they have to say, know what their thoughts are and then they might understand what I am going through and they might understand, it is as simple as that.”