April 24, 2015 08:30:34 UK
Interim manager John Carver has revealed he has not been told by St James’ Park officials he will still be in charge at Newcastle United next season.
The 50-year-old says his immediate concern is arresting a wretched run of form which has seen the north-east giants lose six straight in the Premier League – and seven out of their last eight – to fall to 14th in the table.
Carver has been put in charge of first-team affairs until the end of the campaign and reports continue to link the Derby County manager, Steve McClaren, with the position.
Asked if he had got the job, Carver told reporters: “Absolutely not. On the Gospel, I haven’t been told that.
“We have had discussions about ongoing issues at the club, and I have regular meetings with [managing director] Lee [Charnley] and [chief scout] Graham [Carr] at least once a week.
“But I have not been given any assurances or been told what my situation is next season.”
Newcastle host Swansea City on Saturday amid a backdrop of more protests planned by supporters against owner Mike Ashley. A crowd of 47,427 – the club’s lowest in the league this season – turned out for the 3-1 defeat by Tottenham.
Carver says he is determined to help improve results on the pitch and is convinced he is the right candidate to take the job on a full-time basis.
He said: “I feel in contention, absolutely – why wouldn’t I? I’m not a defeatist. I’m a positive guy and I’m not going to write myself off.
“The club know the situation. A lot of people might write me off. A lot of ex-players and pundits might – they’re entitled to do that. They don’t see the work I do every day to prepare the team, but people on the inside do.”
Newcastle United are currently priced 2.45 in the match betting and the draw outcome is quoted 3.25. Swansea City are available to back at 3.25.
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