Newcastle assistant John Carver charged with misconduct by FA

The Magpies coach faces possible action following a half-time bust-up with Wigan players and staff in reaction to Callum McManaman's horror challenge on Massadio Mairdara

Newcastle assistant manager John Carver has been charged by the Football Association with misconduct over his involvement in a half-time alternation during his side's Premier League fixture against Wigan on Sunday.

The 48-year-old was seen approaching Wigan player Callum McManaman at half-time following the forward’s horror challenge on Magpies defender Massadio Haidara, and had to be restrained by other staff and players.

Carver then turned on Wigan coach Graham Barrow, with the pair having a heated exchange before stewards and police had to step in as Carver pursued his opposite number down the tunnel.

Carver, who has until 4pm on March 22 to respond to the FA charge, has previous when it comes to bust-ups on the football field.

During his first spell at Newcastle as a coach in 2002, Carver was involved in a row with Arsenal winger Robert Pires after the Frenchman took offence to a tackle made on him during an FA Cup quarter-final.

Later that year Carver even fell out with one of his own players, ordering Newcastle midfielder Laurent Robert to salute fans who had travelled to see the team take on Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League.