Frustrated John Carver’s blast at Newcastle board over manager situation


JOHN Carver has laid bare his “frustration” at Newcastle United’s plight – after the managerless club drifted out of the top half of the table.

United were beaten 2-1 by Southampton at St James’s Park on Saturday in Carver’s fourth game in temporary charge.

And the weekend’s results saw the club drop down a place to 11th in the Premier League.

United haven’t won since departed manager left for Crystal Palace three weeks ago, and Carver feels the club’s hierarchy must make a decision on Pardew’s successor before the end of the month.

Newcastle have a fortnight between games because of the club’s FA Cup exit, and are next in action on January 31, when they travel to Hull City.

Asked if he would like an appointment to be made by then, Carver said: “I think we have to.

“It could be the fan inside of me talking now. It will be three weeks on Monday since Alan was allowed to go and speak, so by the following Monday it will be a month. That’s long time.

“I think that’s enough time to do what you need to do.

“The club have to do that. It’s in the best interests of the club, me, the fans, the players, the staff, everybody.”

Carver, keen to take the job on himself on a full-time basis, warned Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley of the need for a swift appointment after being put in temporary charge.

“I’m as straight as they come,” added Carver, who is in Dubai with his players for a short training camp.

“I’m a little bit frustrated. From that first conversation (with Charnley), it was important than we didn’t let this situation drift.

“I’m frustrated because I think the guys are giving me everything – and I have to say that, but sometimes you need that extra bit of quality and luck.”

Asked about taking the job on on an interim basis until the end of the season, Carver said: “We have not even discussed it, I have to be honest.

“That’s not even been in my head. I’m telling you, I’ve not had the conversation about it.

“They said there would be a conversation coming up pretty quickly, even if it is me who forced the conversation.

“As you can tell, I am getting a little bit frustrated now.”

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