John Carver has came out with an interesting tale of a conversation he had with a man in a lift.

It very much reminded me of Alan Pardew’s final weeks and months at Newcatsle, in press conferences he increasingly would come out with anecdotes of fans he’d bumped into in recent days.

The stories not necessarily supporters relating how great our ex-manager was but certainly tales that conveniently allowed Pardew to get a message out with it not coming directly from him…

In John Carver’s case, has has told the media about a ‘conversation’ he had on the Tuesday after the derby defeat.

The Newcastle Head Coach claims that when he was at the reserve match against Middlesbrough at St. James’ Park, he had the following chat with one of the maintenance men at the stadium.

John Carver:

“I was at the reserve game on Tuesday night and I got into the lift with one of the maintenance guys.

“He actually said to me, ‘John – I couldn’t believe that performance, I watched what you did on the pitch with the team and I was so excited leading up to the derby game because I thought we were going to win. Then all of a sudden the whistle blew for the start of the game and I couldn’t believe what I was watching.

“You can do all the preparation you want but then on a Saturday, Sunday, Monday night…we can’t develop training ground players. We have to find solutions.”

The tale that John Carver relates, is referring to the fact that the team trained at St. James’ Park in the days leading up to the Sunderland match.

I hope Mike Ashley hasn’t read Carver’s quotes or else no doubt the maintenance man will be looking for a new job after watching the players train instead of getting on with his work.

I’ll leave it to you to decide just what the maintenance man did or didn’t see, or indeed, did or didn’t say….