John Carver has revealed the only place he could be safe from getting abuse in the past week.

The Newcastle Head Coach saying that he only felt safe at the golf course and so arranged to meed his assistant Steve Stone there.

He also says that he is relieved he didn’t speak to the players the day after the defeat to Sunderland and instead had some thinking time.

John Carver:

“After the game on Monday I confined myself to the house.

“On Tuesday I got with Steve Stone and we went down the golf club because it seemed to be the only place I could go, without getting any abuse.”

Thinking time:

“Which was quite nice…and we talked about the team, how we go forward, how we deal with situations, what we’ll do at team meetings.

“It was very beneficial for me because it was away from everything, quite peaceful, it gave me a little bit of thinking time. Sometimes you can react straight after the game in the wrong manner. I’m pleased I didn’t speak to the players on Monday.”

Newcastle fans will be looking forward to seeing the fruits of this beneficial and peaceful thinking time, when the players step out onto the pitch tonight at Anfield.

As for John Carver saying he is pleased he didn’t speak to the team so quickly after the dismal derby defeat.

Maybe he should have thought twice about the press as well.

The Newcastle Head Coach has now had to admit he made a big mistake when he named and shamed those who he felt had let him and the fans down, when he said that there were only five players who could escape criticism.

When you think how weak our players have been in recent years; conceding a goal regularly leading to three or more in the net, plus a bad result or two often developing into long winless streaks.

Sadly the lack of backbone in the team is evident and John Carver singling out those he blames, is hardly going to help that fragile team spirit, as the players are now looking at a run of only 3 wins in the last 18 games, including 2 in 13 under Carver.

Just how bad United are at the minute was summed up by the astonishing stat that Sunderland have won only 3 of the last 22 Premier League matches, with 2 of those 3 coming againt Newcastle.