Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Carver Meets Toon Fans at Centre of Dugout Flare-Up

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Carver Meets Toon Fans at Centre of Dugout Flare-Up

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Byline: Lisa Hutchinson Reporter

TWO angry football fans came face to face with under-fire Newcastle United boss John Carver after shouting abuse at him during the 3-2 defeat against Swansea last week.

After tempers calmed down Allen O'Connell and Thomas Concannon were invited for a friendly chat with the interim head coach to discuss the flare-up and the Magpies losing seven games in a row.

And Allen says Carver admitted his players aren't good enough and he claimed Carver would walk if the club didn't make any new signings.

"We didn't hold anything back, we told him what we thought," said Allen, 22, a hotel receptionist, of Morpeth, Northumberland.

"He admitted his players aren't good enough because of injury. He said he had money to spend but would walk if they couldn't buy any new players.

"He said he sympathised with us because when he was at Toronto and Sheffield he said he would look on and say they weren't doing things right.

"He didn't actually say that he wanted to be manager next season, but you could just tell that he wants it. But he did say he would still be at the club at some capacity - no matter what.

"We told him that he wasn't good enough as a manager, we didn't say the actual words because that would be disrespectful, but we said the club wasn't doing well and that's down to the manager.

"He took everything we said on the chin and was good about it, but we told him how unhappy we are with the club, so he knows."

Last weekend Carver confronted the angry pair, claiming their vocal criticism during the Toon's second-half collapse was out of order.

Carver and the club denied he used inappropriate words and aggressive behaviour but admitted telling the fan to see him after the game to "explain why I'm doing what I'm doing".

But after the publicity it brought, the two season ticket holders were invited to meet up with Carver, spending several hours at the Newcastle training ground as his guests.

And Allen says he even asked if he could get his football boots on to show the Magpies how it should be done at the training ground. …

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