Newcastle boss to take route one to survival


JOHN Carver says the route to Premier League survival – is route one!

Newcastle United are in relegation trouble with just five games left to play.

If it means going a little bit more direct then that’s what we will have to do

John Carver

The injury and suspension-hit club has lost its last SIX games.

Carver’s 14th-placed side are seven points above third-from-bottom Leicester City, but half of the six teams below them in the table, including derby rivals Sunderland, have a game in hand.

Eighth-placed Swansea City visit St James’s Park on Saturday.

And Carver, the club’s head coach until the end of the season, feels it is a winnable game, but he is pondering a more direct approach.

“I think every game is winnable,” said Carver.

“We need to come up with a solution, a formula, to win the game.

“If it means being a little bit more direct, then that’s what we’re going to have to do.

“I have to find a method of trying to play now that might not be pretty on the eye, but I need to find a way of getting some results, getting some points.

“People might not like what they see, but I’m going to have to do it.”

Carver insists he won’t “shirk” the job in hand at St James’s Park.

“It’s probably the most difficult situation I have ever been in,” he said.

“But I’m a fighter, and I’m not going to shirk anything. I’ll take the stick, and I’ll take the responsibility, because that’s the type of person I am.

“I’m not going to give up on it. Yes, I’m angry and I’m annoyed, and I’ve got my own thoughts in my head that will stay private.

“But I have just got to get on with it, because nobody else is going to do it.”

Newcastle were beaten 3-1 by Tottenham Hotspur at St James’s Park on Sunday.

The afternoon was more notable for the stayaway fans – the real attendance was significantly below the 47,427 figure released by the club – than the game itself.

It has been estimated that the crowd was around the 40,000-mark.

There has been talk on social media of another boycott for the Swansea game.

For his part, Carver felt the protests, and subdued atmosphere, did not affect his players.

“They (the fans) have made their point – I don’t have a problem with that,” said the 50-year-old.

“I’m not making excuses about the protest affecting the players. No way. You’re a professional footballer – you go over that white line, and you’ve got to perform.

“Whether there’s 52,000 people or 52 people, you’ve got to perform. We didn’t do that.”

If United lose to Swansea, it will be the first time since 1977 that the club has lost seven league games in a row.

Richard Dinnis presided over 10 successive losses between August and October of that year.

Carver will again be without suspended pair Moussa Sissoko and Papiss Demba Cisse for the Swansea match