Newcastle stand by Carver

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May 04, 2015 15:00:42 UK

Newcastle United insist they have no plans to axe John Carver before the end of this season even though they have lost eight Premier League matches in a row.

Newcastle lost 3-0 at Leicester City on Saturday and are now just two points above the relegation zone.

It was suggested that the club were set to axe Carver and appoint Derby County manager Steve McClaren after the Rams’ promotion hopes were brought to an end at the weekend.

All parties accept responsibility for the current situation.

Club statement

However, the club have issued a statement, which read: “Following the result at Leicester City on Saturday, there has been two days of frank dialogue with John Carver and senior players.

“The outcome of those discussions is that the board, John Carver, his staff and players are absolutely focused on our current situation and the three hugely-important fixtures that remain this season, two of which are at St James’ Park.

“All parties accept responsibility for the current situation but are determined, together, to ensure this club – your club – retains its Premier League status. That is the only focus at this time.”

Newcastle are currently available at 1.14 not to be relegated this season and 2.60 to beat West Brom on Saturday.

Carver was placed in temporary charge at St James’ Park when Alan Pardew left the club in order to become the permanent manager of Crystal Palace in January.

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