Newcastle boss vows to fight on

RELEGATION? ... John Carver.
RELEGATION? ... John Carver.
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JOHN Carver does not fear the sack at Newcastle United – despite a record run of defeats and a fresh row with fans.

Carver’s side lost a seventh successive game on Saturday.

They expect me to put the ball in the net, stop the headers going in and stop the opposition from scoring.

And head coach Carver became involved in a heated exchange with two supporters behind the dugout late in the defeat to Swansea City.

Newcastle – who had last lost seven games in a row 38 years ago – are now just five points above the relegation zone with just four games left to play.

Three of the six teams below them, including Saturday’s opponents Leicester City and rivals Sunderland, have a game in hand.

Asked if he expected to remain in charge for the rest of the campaign despite his record, Carver said: “Absolutely, unless told otherwise.”

Carver has claimed that he was verbally abused throughout the second half as his team’s performance unravelled.

The 50-year-old – who apologised for an outburst at a group of protesting supporters before the club’s away game at Southampton early this season – has called on the club to give him more “protection” at St James’s Park.

However, one supporter has alleged that Carver reacted “unprofessionally” and swore at a fan who had questioned him after Swansea scored their third goal in the 70th minute.

For his part, Carver says he told two fans to see him after the game so he could explain his decision-making.

“It’s not been easy – I knew it wouldn’t be easy,” said Carver.

“Sometimes it’s quite difficult to actually stand in that technical area and get abused the way I was abused without any protection from the sidelines.

“That is the reason I moved back (to his his seat). I’m not going to stand out there and be abused during the game.

“The football club has got to do something about it.

“I said to the two lads who were abusing me ‘come and see me afterwards, and I’ll explain to you what I am trying to do’.

“They expect me to put the ball in the net, stop the headers going in and stop the opposition from scoring. I can’t get on the end of the corner and head the ball clear, which would have kept us 1-0 up at half time. I can’t do that.

“That is the first time I’ve had that – just totally getting abused throughout the whole of the second half – and I’m not accepting that.

“I don’t think it’s right – no one should put up with that.”

Asked if the abuse was personal, he added: “Yes.”

Carver insisted he did not act in a threatening manner.

“We’ve got stewards there, and some of them just watch the game,” he said.

“I’d like to see those two guys again and explain to them why I have had to do what I’ve done.

“I think if they sat with me and understood where I was coming from, they’d understand the whole situation.

“But when they are blaring at you for 45 minutes it’s very difficult.

“One of the lads actually said to me ‘are you threatening me?’. I said ‘no, come and see my afterwards and I’ll explain to you’.

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

The Magpies went into first-half stoppage time leading through Ayoze Perez’s 20th-minute strike, but surrendered their advantage before they returned to the dressing room when striker Nelson Oliveira took advantage of weak defending to head home.

The Magpies capitulated within five minutes of the restart as Gylfi Sigurdsson gave the visitors the lead.

Jack Cork put the Swans further ahead 19 minutes from time and, although Siem de Jong marked his return from an eight-month injury nightmare with an 88th-minute goal, he could not prevent his side from slipping to a 3-2 loss.

There were protests by home fans among a crowd of 46,884 – the official attendance was lower than last Sunday’s against Tottenham when supporters were urged to stay away – both before and during the game, with owner Mike Ashley the target of pre-arranged action in the 34th minute, drawing attention to the £34million the club banked during the last financial year.

Newcastle: Krul, Janmaat (Abeid 61), Williamson, Coloccini, Anita, Colback, Ryan Taylor, Gutierrez, Cabella (De Jong 74), Riviere (Armstrong 74), Perez. Subs not used: Gouffran, Obertan, Ameobi, Woodman. Booked: Anita. Goals: Perez 20, De Jong 87.

Swansea: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Amat, Cork, Shelvey, Dyer, Sigurdsson (Emnes 81), Montero (Grimes 69), Nelson Oliveira (Ki 72). Subs not used: Britton, Tremmel, Bartley, Fulton. Booked: Amat, Emnes. Goals: Nelson Oliveira 45, Sigurdsson 49, Cork 71.

Att: 46,884.Ref: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire).