English Premiership

Carver spared Newcastle axe

2015-05-04 21:34
John Carver (Getty Images)

London - Newcastle's under-fire interim manager John Carver will remain in charge of the struggling Premier League club for the final three games of the season after surviving crisis talks on Monday.

Carver was expected to be sacked after Newcastle's eighth successive defeat, at relegation rivals Leicester on Saturday, left them just two points above the bottom three.

With Newcastle firmly in the relegation dogfight after looking safe in mid-table just weeks ago, Carver has endured strong criticism from Magpies fans, who refused to applaud their team following the lacklustre 3-0 loss at Leicester.

Carver, who took over when Alan Pardew joined Crystal Palace halfway through the season, hardly helped his prospects of keeping his job when he bizarrely accused defender Mike Williamson of deliberately getting himself sent off at Leicester, then admitted: "There's a chance they (the players) are just not listening to me."

But responding to speculation Carver was about to be dismissed, Newcastle issued a statement in which they said, following talks at the club's training ground, it had been decided he would stay in charge for next week's game against West Bromwich Albion.

"Following the result at Leicester City on Saturday, there has been two days of frank dialogue with John Carver and senior players," the statement read.

"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 felt they were left with no option but to continue to support Carver after their preferred successor, Derby boss Steve McClaren, reportedly rejected the chance to step in for the last three games.

McClaren saw his Championship side fail to make the play-offs on Saturday and it was widely expected he would make the move to St James' Park, although even a close-season move now appears in doubt.


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