Monday 29 May 2017

Newcastle manager John Carver accused of snapping and swearing at fans

Newcastle manager John Carver remonstrates with a fan
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Newcastle manager John Carver remonstrates with a fan Action Images via Reuters / Lee Smith Livepic
Newcastle manager John Carver remonstrates with a fan Action Images via Reuters / Lee Smith Livepic

Luke Edwards

John Carver’s position as Newcastle United’s head coach has been called into question after he allegedly became embroiled in a series of threatening exchanges with supporters during the 3-2 home defeat to Swansea.

Newcastle crashed to a seventh successive defeat at St James’ Park on Saturday and are five points above the relegation zone having won just two of Carver’s 17 games.

And the pressure mounting on him and his team has apparently caused Alan Pardew’s former assistant to snap as it was said that he retaliated in an aggressive manner to criticism from supporters behind the dugout.

Carver is alleged to have repeatedly sworn at irate fans, with one, Karen Choake, claiming to have heard, “Sit down you f------- c---”.

One fan, Allen O'Connell, even claimed that Carver pointed down the tunnel and repeatedly mouthed, “Outside, outside”, in what the fan took to mean an offer to have a fight after the game.

Carver admitted he did tell a fan to come and see him after the game to “explain why I’m doing what I’m doing” but both Carver and the club refute any suggestion that this was aggressive.

"Yes, I am getting stick from the crowd and I can take all that," Carver said.

"I'll take that on the chin, I'll explain to people why I do things - I don't have a problem with that.

"If anybody wants to talk me about it, I will talk to them about it. But I won't give up on it and I will fight to the end."

If the claims are true it is the second time this season that Carver has been involved in a spat with the club’s own supporters as he verbally abused fans holding a poster calling for the sacking of Pardew earlier in the season.

Telegraph.co.uk

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