Any fans who made a repeat journey to Southampton this season suffered an embarrassing performance which matched the one the previous season, John Carver says now that he shares that embarrassment, as well as for his personal behaviour on that day in September.
The caretaker boss claims that it was his ‘worst day’ at Newcastle United, the then Alan Pardew assistant ending up in a slanging match with United fans, Carver taking exception to them visibly protesting against the manager before the match.
What a club, what a mess, especially coming only six months after Alan Pardew’s headbutt incident at Hull.
“Absolutely the worst day of my time at the club, one of the darkest days of my life.
“I was embarrassed to be part of Newcastle United coaching staff and I feared the worst for the season that night. It stayed with me for a long time.”
It could have been six or seven;
“We were playing against a good team but we created nothing on the day and they could have won by six or seven.
“It started badly before kick-off, I didn’t have a problem with fans protesting but when Tim Krul told me he was disappointed with banners being raised before kick-off, which was the only thing that upset me.
There was no apology came back the other way;
“All I was saying was telling them not to put the banners up there and then, he (one of the fans) came back at me and I reacted the wrong way.
“I apologised afterwards and rightly so but there wasn’t one (apology) that came back the other way – I do care and had realised I’d made a mistake.
“The fans were right to be unhappy and I made that situation even worse, going into the Hull game straight after I wasn’t sure of the reaction I would get from people but I’ve got to say it was very good – which surprised me to be honest.”
I think John Carver might be showing a bit of wishful thinking there because I can’t remember that much goodwill towards him at that Hull game but hopefully everybody will be not quite as ’embarrassed’ after this afternoon’s game…