JOHN Carver’s admitted he will NEVER win over every Newcastle United fan – but he’s adamant the team can win games under him.
Carver knows his appointment as head coach until the end of the season has been questioned by some supporters.
And Lee Charnley, the club’s managing director, this week gave Carver a “message of support” in the wake of a chant against him from fans during last week’s game against Crystal Palace.
Carver, previously Alan Pardew’s No2, has acknowledged the dissent ahead of this evening’s Premier League game against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
“There’s always people who are going to be against me, because there are people out there who would love to be in my position,” said Carver.
“I’ve gone through a system to get into the position I’ve been given. This hasn’t just happened. I’ve had to work extremely hard for it.
“There’s always going to be people out there who’ll have a go at you. You have to deal with it.
“I don’t listen to anything, I don’t read anything. I don’t even watch Press conferences. I only hear about things when people come to me and say ‘what about X, Y, Z saying that?’
“I’m trying to create something. This is not about me or about Lee Charnley, this is about Newcastle United on the pitch with a product trying to be given the best support possible.
“That’s what this is about. End of story. That’s what I’m trying to create.
“That’s what these guys (Charnley) are trying to create by saying ‘let’s support this guy, let’s support the team’. Let’s not make them out to be bad fans, because they’re not.”
Boyhood fan Carver admitted after Newcastle’s FA Cup defeat to Leicester City last month that he would have booed at the final whistle had he been in the away end.
“If I was in the stands I’d be having a go about the same issues at times,” he said.
“Our fans are very knowledgeable people. I genuinely mean that. I think we’re fortunate in the North East to have very knowledgeable fans.
“They’re very, very good, very fair. They love the game, so when people start having a go, I can half understand that.”
Asked about dissent on social media, Carver added: “Social media is out of my control.
“What it does is it gives somebody a voice. You might have a 15-year-old kid who has an opinion, puts it out and all of a sudden it starts a discussion.
“All of a sudden this lad, this Joe Bloggs gets a bit of an ego cos he’s got all these followers. That’s out of my hands.”