JOHN Carver does NOT fear the sack at relegation-threatened Newcastle United – despite a record run of defeats and a fresh row with fans.
Carver’s side lost a seventh successive game on Saturday.
It’s not been easy - I knew it wouldn’t beJohn Carver
And head coach Carver became involved in a heated exchange with two supporters behind the dugout late in the 3-2 home 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 United, 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 – whose side had led through a first-half Ayoze Perez goal, but conceded an equaliser before the interval – 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, Karen Choake, 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 is not clear whether the club will investigate the flashpoint.
“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 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.
“I did that once before (at Southampton), and I said then I’d not get involved in something like that again, and I ain’t.”
Meanwhile, defender Daryl Janmaat, taken off in the second half because of sickness, will be fit for the Leicester game.