First it was the tea lady and now John Carver has had a go at the matchday stewards at Newcastle United, saying that some of them just sat there watching the game whilst he claims he was getting over the top abuse from Newcastle fans on Saturday.

The tea lady was named by Carver as amongst those at the club who had to share responsibilty for the Sunderland defeat earlier this month.

The Newcastle Head Coach had been accused by some fans in the immediate aftermath of the Swansea game, of swearing at supporters and offering to fight some of them.

However, now Carver is going on the front foot and claiming he is the victim who deserves more protection from the club.

This surely isn’t a new problem (security around the managers/coaches area) and you’d clearly expect any club to have a policy/strategy of how they look after the areas around the dugouts – especially when you have matches such as against Sunderland and others.

It all smacks very much of when Mike Ashley claimed he couldn’t come to matches because of supposed threats against his family, only for Northumbria Police at the time to confirm that they’d received no such complaints from the Newcastle owner.

If the fans giving John Carver grief had stepped over a line then they would have deserved to be be thrown out but the fact that they weren’t, then suggests that this wasn’t the case.

As for John Carver’s behaviour, I’m guessing we will all have our own belief as to whether or not he crossed that line or not.

John Carver:

“Let’s put it this way, it has not been easy. I knew it wouldn’t be easy.

“Sometimes it’s quite difficult to stand in that technical area and be abused the way I was abused without any protection.”

First the tea lady now the stewards…:

“We have stewards there and some of them just watch the game.

“That’s the reason I moved back, I’m not going to stand out there and be abused during the game – the club has to do something about it.”

First time:

“That’s the first time I have had that – just totally getting abused throughout the whole of the second half and I’m not accepting that. I don’t think it is right and no one should put up with that.”

“One of the lads said to me: ‘Are you threatening me?’ I said no, come and see me afterwards and I’ll explain to you.”


“He obviously thought that I was (threatening) but there was no way in the world I was doing that.

“I did that once before (at Southampton) and I said then I’d not get involved in something like that again and I ain’t.”