Pardew supports under-fire assistant Carver

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ALAN Pardew’s leapt to the defence of Newcastle United No2 John Carver.

Carver yesterday apologised for angrily exchanging words with supporters who were holding up an anti-Pardew banner before last weekend’s 4-0 defeat to Southampton.

The long-serving coach had felt that banner, and others in the away end, would distract the players at the St Mary’s Stadium.

Pardew acknowledged that Carver was “slightly aggressive”, but he felt he was making a point for the right reasons.

“This is a guy who loves this club as much as any fan we’ve ever had,” said United manager Pardew. “He has black and white blood, and worked here for unbelievable managers like Bobby Robson.

“Do you think before a game he wants to see the banners going up and negativity towards the team? Of course not. He tried to defend that, and has apologised for being slightly aggressive, but that’s all it was.”

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