London - Newcastle United manager John Carver has declared that he was "the best coach in the Premier League" on Thursday, despite having presided over the club's worst run of results since 1977.
Carver, 50, has overseen a sequence of eight consecutive losses that has left the northeast club two points above the relegation zone with three matches to play.
Carver held crisis talks with managing director Lee Charnley earlier this week, amid reports Newcastle had made an approach for Derby County manager Steve McClaren, but his confidence in his own ability remains undimmed.
"I still think I'm the best coach in the Premier League," he told a press conference ahead of Saturday's home game with West Bromwich Albion.
"That's what I think. Now there's nothing wrong with that, but I still do. If I have the right tools, I can do the job. I'm doing the job to the best of my ability at the moment and I'll continue doing that for the next three weeks."
Carver, who has won only two of his 16 games at the Newcastle helm, was promoted from the role of assistant manager when Alan Pardew left St James' Park to join Crystal Palace on January 2.
He was initially placed in interim charge, before being named manager until the end of the season.
Last relegated in 2009, Newcastle visit fellow strugglers Queens Park Rangers in their penultimate game before hosting West Ham United on the season's final day.