The defender left Newcastle United and was criticised by the coach. Now he has hit back.
He said: “I would like to take this opportunity to respond to the comments made recently by John Carver about my move to Inter Milan. I want to say that I never thought for one moment, having been out injured for eight months, that I would immediately play again as a regular at Newcastle United.
“It was with deep regret that when I spoke with John Carver and after five games on the bench in the Premier League without playing even a single minute, I realised that I was no longer in the first team plans of the coach.
“At that moment, after three and a half years as a Newcastle player, I no longer felt an essential part of the project.”
Previously, the Magpies boss had said: “Listen, I am not saying anybody has got a divine right, and I’m not saying he wouldn’t have been in the team within two or three weeks, but if you have got a player who doesn’t want to hang around and fight for you, then that’s an issue, for me.”
The big blunder here, though, is not necessarily selling Santon. It's bringing the whole situation up again. Because when it then becomes a matter of who Newcastle fans will side with, that's a battle Carver will never win.
With the friction between supporters and owners at St James' Park - and the tiny issue of Carver having an absolutely woeful record as manager - why would anyone side with the 50-year-old?
Aside from the obvious fact Carver looks disturbingly out of his depth, the biggest problem at Newcastle right now is the fact their coach is acting like he's just led a side to the Premier League title. And singling out a former player for criticism has come back to bite him. Santon's simply hit back and made the Magpies boss look silly once again.
How about Carver looking at his own performance? Or perhaps he's avoiding that because he'd feel the immediate compulsion to resign...