Carver admits huge summer looms

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April 16, 2015 17:09:30 UK

Newcastle boss John Carver has described this summer as the “biggest in the club’s recent history” as the Magpies aim to get back on track.

Newcastle have slipped down the Premier League table badly in the second half of the season following Alan Pardew’s exit to take over at Crystal Palace.

The Magpies have lost their last five games and sit worryingly just nine points clear of the bottom three in 13th, with six games still to go this term.

It is highly unlikely that they will go down but Carver, who faces an uncertain future after the poor run of results recently, says the club must start getting things right on and off the pitch if they are to compete in the top half of the table again as soon as possible.

He said: “This is the biggest summer in the club’s recent history, definitely. We know that, everybody knows that. There are certainly a lot of decisions to be made, especially where we are and the situation we are in.

The football club knows that they have to invest in the team because you can only keep going for so long.

John Carver

“But that’s out of my hands. I can’t do anything about the protests, I can’t do anything about what’s going to happen next season with my position, so I have just got to stay focused and maintain some sort of level-headedness going into these games and make sure we get the right results.

Some Newcastle fans are planning a boycott of Sunday’s home game against Spurs as they protest against owner Mike Ashley’s reign. Fans are frustrated with what they perceive to be a lack of proper investment in the first-team squad despite healthy financial results in the past couple of years.

Long-time Newcastle coach Carver, who was appointed boss at St James’ Park until the end of the season after Pardew’s departure, is well aware money needs to be spent wisely when the transfer window reopens to improve fortunes on the pitch.

“Going back to the investment – and I said it last week and straight from the heart – they know, the football club knows that they have to invest in the team because you can only keep going for so long,” he added.

“They have to invest in the team – and I have had assurances they are going to.”

Newcastle are 3.30 to beat Tottenham this weekend, with the visitors 2.25 and the draw 3.30.

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