Carver: Penalty call could cost me the Newcastle job

The caretaker boss saw appeals for a Jose Fonte handball go unanswered against Southampton and fears that he may miss out on the permanent post as a result of the defeat

John Carver fears that a failed penalty appeal in Saturday’s loss to Southampton could cost him his chances of taking the Newcastle job on a permanent basis.

Ronald Koeman’s high-flying Saints left St James’s Park with a 2-1 victory thanks to Eljero Elia’s double either side of Yoan Gouffran’s fortuitous 29th-minute equaliser for the home team, leaving the caretaker boss having overseen a fourth winless game since Alan Pardew’s departure for Crystal Palace.

The long-serving Magpies coach has made no secret of his desire to take the job permanently but was frustrated when Emmanuel Riviere’s shot struck Southampton captain Jose Fonte’s outstretched arm in stoppage time and referee Robert Madley refused to act.

“I think, when you play football, you understand what is and what isn’t a penalty,” he told Sky Sports. “If somebody’s got their arms down by their side and it hits their arm, you can say maybe he didn’t mean it, but when you have an L-shape with your arm and it blatantly hits your hand, it’s a penalty.

“Unfortunately, sometimes big decisions like that can make big differences to people’s livelihoods and futures.”

Carver concedes that the loss means that he is unlikely to get the nod from the Newcastle board, whom he urged to make quick progress with the decision on Pardew’s successor amid growing discontent among the Tyneside faithful.

“Everybody [the fans] is not sure what’s going on,” he said. “They’re just sitting there waiting for it and, I think, after the result tonight, the decision will be made.

“[The board] have to do something about it, whether it’s me or it’s somebody else. They’re almost three weeks into the process now and I know for a fact they’ve been working hard behind the scenes. They’ve got to do something about it.”

The 50-year-old maintains that he has the ability required to take on the post and added that a lack of cutting edge hampered his team’s efforts against Southampton.

“I know I can [do it],” he insisted. “I know the work that we’ve done and how we’ve played.

“We’ve come up against a side who are sitting third in the Premier League and I thought we dominated the game. We’ve just got to have a little bit more ambition in the final third.”