Carver wipes slate clean for Newcatle’s Williamson

John Carver says Mike Williamson has a “clear slate” at Newcastle United.

Friday, 22nd May 2015, 8:00 am
APOLOGY ... Mike Williamson.

Carver claimed Williamson had got sent off “on purpose” immediately after the club’s 3-0 defeat to Leicester City earlier this month.

The defender – who got a two-match ban for his dismissal, his second of the campaign – denied Carver’s allegation in a statement.

Williamson is available for Sunday’s final game of the season against West Ham United at St James’s Park. Newcastle, two points ahead of third-from-bottom Hull City, need to win the game to be certain of Premier League surival.

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Head coach Carver has likened the verbal spat to the physical altercation he had with then-United striker Craig Bellamy at Newcastle Airport 11 years ago on the eve of a UEFA Cup tie. Bellamy claimed in his book that the pair ending up “wrestling on the floor” after a row over a parking space spiralled out of control.

“I’ve shaken hands with Mike – that’s forgotten,” said Carver.

“I’m like that. I can fall out with someone one day, and then be their best friend the next. Look at Craig a few years ago. That’s just the way I am. I don’t hold a grudge and that’s important. I’ll say what I have to say – as I did with Mike – but then I’ll clear the slate.””