Carver wants protection from Newcastle fans after abusive exchanges

The Newcastle interim manager has been accused of a series of angry altercations with fans during Saturday's game, now he is looking for shelter.

Saturday's 3-2 defeat in the Barclays Premier League fixture with Swansea was marred by a vocal fans' protest but also by repeated altercations between Newcastle fans in the vicinity of the team dugouts and the interim manager.

The Sunday Telegraph alleges that one female fan, Karren Choake, heard the words "sit down you f------ c---" from Carver and another fan, Allan O'Connell, claimed that Carver had pointed down the tunnel and repeatedly mouthed the words "outside, outside", which he took to mean an offer to have a fight after the game.

It is another astonishing turn of events at St James' Park and a very public show of disharmony at every level of the club. Carver was a popular and loyal member of staff at the club, but his appointment as interim manager when Alan Pardew left for Crystal Palace was not well-received, and seven straight defeats mean Newcastle are still at threat from relegation.

After the game Carver admitted he had spoken to a fan about meeting after the game but only to “explain why I’m doing what I’m doing”, and there was no suggestion that this was an aggressive exchange. On Monday morning, Carver spoke about Saturday's game and appeared to open up about the aggression and vitriol he was subjected to.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Carver said:  "I am not going to stand out there and be abused during the game. The club has to do something about it. I knew it wouldn't be easy. Sometimes it is quite difficult to stand in that technical area and be abused the way I was abused without any protection from the sidelines."

Continuing, the 50-year-old  said: "They expect me to put the ball in the net, stop the headers going in, stop the opposition from scoring. I can't affect that. I can't get on the end of the corner and head the ball clear which would have kept us one up at half-time. I can't do that."

With four games remaining and points desperately needed to keep the chasing pack at arm's length, Newcastle need to do something to steady the ship.  

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