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 – Newcastle assistant manager
This is the statement Newcastle have just released on the matter:
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.”
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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