Newcastle United slipped to their eighth straight Premier League defeat with Saturday's 3-0 reverse to Leicester City, and ex-Manchester United and Everton favourite Phil Neville took Toon caretaker boss John Carver to task on BBC's Match of the Day following his criticism of one of his own players.
Central defender Mike Williamson saw red after earning a second yellow for a late challenge on Jamie Vardy, with the ball already out of play.
It led to Carver questioning after the game whether the former Watford defender got himself sent off on purpose, as quoted here by the BBC, suggesting he made the ugly challenge to take 'the easy way out' of Newcastle's struggling end-of-season run-in.
Neville felt that Carver's comments regarding Williamson's dismissal were particularly ill-advised, and were indicative of a club in free fall.
"Mike Williamson's sending off I thought was a reckless challenge," the former Manchester United defender said on Match of the Day. "But I don't think he did it on purpose and that was a silly comment from John Carver to suggest he did.
"But I look at Newcastle and see the supporters protesting, the manager having a go at the players and the players playing like that. They're in a sorry state."
Newcastle are now just one point above the relegation zone, and are the side with the worst form in the league. Williamson, who came out on Sunday to deny any deliberate attempt to get sent off as reported by the BBC, will miss two of their final three fixtures.