Club Statement From Newcastle


It seems that Newcastle United have completed their investigation into John Carver confronting fans last Saturday at St. Mary’s,  before the game with Southampton, which turned out to be another 4-0 humiliation. Andy Woodman, the goalkeeping coach, also put out an ill-advised tweet from his Twitter account the following morning.

john carver close up

John Carver – Newcastle assistant manager

This is the statement Newcastle have just released on the matter:

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Newcastle United received a number of complaints from supporters regarding the conduct of its coaching staff during and after the defeat to Southampton on Saturday, 13th September.

This matter has now been dealt with internally.

Following the conclusion of the Club’s enquiries, assistant manager John Carver said:

“My sole focus on Saturday, as it always is, was on trying to gain three points for Newcastle United and preparing the players to the best of my ability.” “This included keeping them focussed on their roles and duties in the upcoming 90 minutes.¨

“In the warm-up, I was disappointed to see banners that could, in my opinion, distract the players and take focus away from the job in hand – namely winning the match.¨

“I went over to our fans to ask them to help us and requested that they take the banners down. The vast majority of supporters back the team through thick and thin and I am very proud to be one of them.¨

“I was met with abuse from one supporter and I regret that I responded inappropriately. I sincerely apologise for any offence caused by my reaction.¨

“Every fan is entitled to an opinion, positive or negative, and I respect that. I hope fans will understand that I, like them, only wanted what was best for the team.¨

“I am proud to work for my home town club and would ask every supporter to back the players and all staff, as they really can make a difference.” 

Goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman said:

“I am very sorry for the ill-advised comment I posted privately on Twitter on Sunday morning, which was subsequently made public.¨

“It was never my intention, of course, for my response to enter the public domain.¨ “My response was a reaction to significant personal abuse I received from a number of fans which I felt exceeded that which was fair and balanced.¨

“That said, I understand my response was unacceptable and I regret my actions and apologise for any offence caused.”

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andy woodman

Andy Woodman – goalkeeping coach

If John is disappointed at last week’s demonstrations, he is going to be doubly upset at what is planned for Saturday – with a full demonstration with banners asking that Alan Pardew be fired as manager already planned.

If Pardew is fired, that will also probably mean that coaches like John Carver, Andy Woodman and Steve Stone will also lose their jobs, so they are all under significant pressure.

Watch for Alan Pardew in his press conference today, to put out a call for the fans to support the team at St. James’ Park against Hull City.

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27 comments so far

  • 70TWO

    Sep 18, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #1

    same old same old

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  • HatemOrLoveHim

    Sep 18, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #2

    I find it extremely amusing how in every interview both Carver and Pardew always say ‘to the best of my ability’.

    I’m sorry but clearly your best ability falls short of the least expected ability at a club like NUFC.

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  • stan anderson

    Sep 18, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #3

    Bollocks.

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 18, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #4

    70two

    Cannot believe he said that. It’s a one off and games get away from you sometimes and happens to the big teams too.

    No alan, just NO! It happens to us all the fcuking time you dumb kunt.

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 18, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #5

    A link from sky sports of a bit of the presser.

    I especially like the bit where he blatantly lies and it’s clear he does it if you know what your looking for.

    Just watch when he answers the question about fatty, he says we’ve agreed to focus on Saturday and get a result for this football club. As he says it he’s looking slightly down and to the left and then scratches his face.

    In body language terms that is a sign of nervousness and lying about what your talking about. It’s a unconscious action that you don’t realise you’ve done and is a dead giveaway.

    http://mobile.newsnow.co.uk/A/734253976?-11058:809

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 18, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #6

    martoon,
    I can’t answer for all fans, obviously, but in my opinion, it will depend largely on the new manager. If I see a new manager trying to impose a new style or structure through the club that will take time to come to fruition then yes. If the appointment brings little change in any regard then no, it obviously won’t be good to still be around bottom 3.

    I said not summer just gone, but the one before that I would be more than happy to see a couple of years struggle, provided that there was a clear development route being taken that had an outlined aim. Be that scrapping the current personnel and bringing in talented kids to grow and develop together, or implementing a structural top to bottom change of the club, I don’t mind. As long as there is a clear path and aim. Something that has been sadly lacking.

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  • firebug666

    Sep 18, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #7

    Bendy Wendy should get paid overtime for that lot. She must be shattered after having to come up with apologies and statements this week.

    This is the vid of the inept one.

    http://www1.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/9476361/pardew-urges-calm?

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  • Toon Tang

    Sep 18, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Archaic dinosaur bastards the lot of ’em

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  • Our Toon

    Sep 18, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Firebug

    Bendy Wendy is pretty slow at putting fires out isn’t she….bloody hell I hope she isn’t the fire Marshall otherwise they are all knacked

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  • Peter Gillan

    Sep 18, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #10

    These people don’t deserve to be at Newcastle United along with the owner.

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  • firebug666

    Sep 18, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Our Toon

    True she is very slow, but I suppose it takes time when you have to keep reworking it to make the lies and bull sh*t more plausible.

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  • 70TWO

    Sep 18, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Why does he more often than not refer to Cabaye – the swan song of a dying man?

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  • 70TWO

    Sep 18, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Average_Contents @4

    He actually said it was not what was expected and should hopefully be banished, but it still does not reflect a knowledge of his own track record.

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  • Our Toon

    Sep 18, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #14

    Jimmy

    I know it’s an alien concept for you to understand mate but HBA wasn’t going to get used so how can you use that as an excuse now as not being replaced? Didn’t pardew come out and say he has a squad capable if competing for champions league now?

    You ask who would be good enough and make excuses for pardew for reasons unbeknown but no team has suffered more than Southampton, they had 6 new players starting on saturday and beat us by the same score as last year. They also have a new manager and have sold key players right down the spine of there squad whilst having rodriguez injured.

    Dortmund have lost key players every year and managed to progress. As have Ath Madrid, it’s a crazy concept that a team can lose players but still compete whilst being smart with the limited funds they do spend.

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  • geordiemark

    Sep 18, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #15

    honestly does any of us believe in any statement them lot say take it with a pinch of salt

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  • geordiemark

    Sep 18, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #16

    our toon

    Ashley just loves to make money out of the toon and shove it in his back pocket, they didn’t spend a penny in the transfer market really they should still have the 82 million from sky and league placements wonder where that’s gone and am damn sure Ashley is a major invester in Wonga as well

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 18, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #17

    Dear john Carver

    I hope you read this website.

    you are not a fan any more , you are a guy who earns his money being a yes man, because if like the rest of us, you would have been able to see what was wrong 3 years ago and try and put things right, instead you CHOOSE to stick up for one of the main guys dragging this club and all of its TRUE supporters down.
    if you had any self respect you would stand down and walk away from what is happening, but no, you CHOOSE to abuse REAL fans who pay there hard earned money to watch the crap you and the holy one serve up to us on a weekly bases .

    one thing im very happy about is you only have a few weeks left in the job.

    I wish I could say good look in the future, but there isn’t many jobs out there for crap coaches like yourself

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  • geordiemark

    Sep 18, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #18

    well said catchy

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  • jimmysmith

    Sep 18, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #19

    Our Toon, his position in the squad needed to be replaced whether he stayed or left, as did Mbiwa’s, with a new centre back and centre forward. Why is THAT so difficult for you to understand and he obviously doesn’t have a squad capable of challenging for the champions league, despite what he said. I’m happy to defend Pardew up to a point, because he’s not entirely responsible, although he’s the one that’s entirely going to get it in the neck.

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  • Rafael

    Sep 18, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #20

    @5Average_Contents
    Good comments about the lying…it is quite clearly a fake scratch.

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  • Rafael

    Sep 18, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #21

    jimmysmith

    Good points. He needs to go no matter what. We all know his tactics are awful but the players have lost all confidence and he cannot motivate them, time for a change! GET OUT PARDEW

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  • oldbobaycliffe

    Sep 18, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #22

    nice of pardew to remind us of his long term contract in his interview talk about rubbing it in he knows that as far as ashley goes he is fireproof. i dont think relegation will get ashley do the right thing

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  • chenz7

    Sep 18, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #23

    just cant understand the mentality of most of you on here . I know pardew is shite ,spineless and a lying t%$t but does anyone really think this huge protest happening during the game is going to achieve anything
    but handing 3 points on a plate to fatty brucie.
    if you all loved nufc as passionately as you hate pardew and cashley you would surely demonstrate en mass before ..at half time and long and hard after the game.
    hold up the banners on 5 mins in protest …bollocks …why not hold them up on 59 mins to signify the last time we won a domestic trophy.
    and no ..I wont be there …why ? cos after the way he treat kk I vowed never to go back to sjp while Ashley was in charge and I wont ,but that doesn’t mean I don’t support the sack pardew campaign I just don’t support it making a bunch of already confidence drained players even worse .
    a lot of you wont agree bt hey ….fotballs about opinions and there mine on this subject.

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  • Sliema

    Sep 18, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #24

    chenz7

    It’s about making a big impact. Not only will the national media pick it up again (which will help increase the pressure on the board to fire him) but it’ll also show MA that we fans have a lot more power over this club than he gives us credit for.

    It’s time for a revolution here lads.

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  • lesh

    Sep 18, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #25

    I must say I agree with him about banners before the match. Of course they’ll affect the players!

    I hope that on Saturday, the banners remain wrapped up until after the game – no matter what the result.

    The lads on the pitch have no influence over whether Pardew stays or goes and should be supported before and during the game. Unless of course, folk want us to lose the game and make our players just what they’re doing here.

    Get the banners out outside the ground before the game and put them away for the match. As I said, after the game by all means.

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  • chenz7

    Sep 18, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #26

    sliema …I truly respect your post and your thoughts but the cruel fact is that unless we’ve got 234 million quid to spare he has all the power.
    the only way to make him take notice is to stay away.
    when season ticket renewals were way down in june he released funds (very little ..but some).

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  • ebm

    Sep 18, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #27

    “the ill-advised comment I posted privately on Twitter”

    Since when was twitter for saying something privately? Pretty ridiculous thing to say imo.

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