John Carver ‘didn’t mean to hurt Mike Williamson’ with Leicester spat

Mike Williamson
Mike Williamson

Jonas Gutierrez has defended former Newcastle United coach John Carver over the fall-out with Mike Williamson at the end of last season.

Williamson was sent off in the 3-0 defeat against Leicester City, and Carver claimed he’d done it deliberately so he could pick up a three-match ban and miss United’s relegation run-in.

I don’t think JC meant to hurt Mike Williamson because he knows how he is as a professional.

Jonas Gutierrez

The centre-half was ultimately recalled for the last game of the campaign, the 2-0 win over West Ham, but is expected to follow Carver – who was sacked last week – out of St James’s Park this summer.

Gutierrez, who was also released by the Magpies, said Carver had not meant to hurt Williamson, and hinted that the coach had apologised to the defender.

Gutierrez said: “Sometimes you say things that you don’t really think about.

“We know how Mike Williamson is as a player, he’s really honest, but after that they spoke and it was finished.

“Sometimes, players as well, you can say something in the moment that you don’t think through properly, then you can speak with the players and say sorry, I made a mistake.

“I don’t think JC meant to hurt Mike Williamson because he knows how he is as a professional.”

Gutierrez also had a training ground bust-up with Carver and his coaching staff towards the end of the season, and was dropped from the squad for the game against Tottenham Hotspur.

However, he says it was blown up out of proportion, and that he has no problem with Carver, who was under severe pressure as Newcastle slid down the Premier League table towards relegation.

It was hard situation because of the injuries and the suspensions and we couldn’t get a result,” added Gutierrez.

“It was difficult because he’s a really passionate man who loves Newcastle and he was so upset about the results and the players.

“When you don’t get the win or the result the confidence of the players goes low. But we tried our best to get the three points.

“It wasn’t that I’d have an argument with JC that I don’t like him or he doesn’t like me.

“It’s not like that. In football it can happen and then you finish training and you speak and that’s it.

“You keep looking forward and I tried to do the best for him.”