Michael Owen has suggested on Sportlobster.com that he did not like Newcastle United head coach John Carver’s comments about Mike Williamson on Saturday.
Following the Magpies’ 3-0 defeat to Leicester City away from home at the King Power Stadium, Carver accused his defender of deliberately getting sent off in the Premier League encounter (click here to read more).
"I thought he'd done that on purpose - it looks like he did,” the 50-year-old told BBC Sport.
"The ball was off the pitch - he had no need to make the challenge. He will miss two games. Is it an easy way out?"
Former Newcastle striker Owen has now given his reaction to Carver’s comments and has made it clear what he thinks of them.
“Amazing quotes from Carver today,” the former Liverpool and Manchester United star wrote on Sportlobster.com.
“Fans may like that type of honesty but as a manager, I'm not sure you can say things like that. I guess we haven't heard the end of this one.”
Whether defender Williamson genuinely wanted to get himself sent off or not only he knows, but Owen is right about Carver.
While the Englishman’s comments show just how much passion he has for Newcastle, he was essentially questioning the integrity and character of one of his players - in public, too.
Carver could have dealt with the situation behind closed doors, but instead he chose to go public with his accusation.
This is indeed poor management from the Newcastle head coach, and perhaps this is yet another reason why he should not remain in charge of the team next season.
While one can understand Carver’s frustrations following the team’s eighth successive Premier League defeat, as a manager he should have realised what his accusation could lead to.