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Monday 18 December 2017

Carver 'pretty angry' with Neville over team comments

Newcastle head coach John Carver has hit back at Phil Neville's suggestion that his players are already on the beach after their Barclays Premier League defeat at Everton.

Carver was furious at comments made by the Match of the Day pundit in the wake of his side's 3-0 surrender at Goodison Park last Sunday in which he voiced the opinion that some members of the Magpies squad "had their flip-flops on".

The 50-year-old said: "I was pretty angry when I heard it because he couldn't be any further from the truth.

"I think it's insulting and I think it's wrong, especially from ex-players. I'm sure if they were playing now, they wouldn't like the comments, as I didn't.

"What I did do was to inform the players about what these people had been saying. I thought it was important that they knew. Now it's down to ourselves to show those people out there that we've not got our flip-flops on - although we might today, because it's sunny!"

Carver will attempt to disprove that theory tomorrow when Arsenal visit St James' Park. He said: "The good news is that I've not got a selection problem tomorrow because I've only got 13 fit senior players, plus two keepers, so that won't be too difficult."

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