JOHN Carver says he’s not even thinking about the threat of a “disastrous” relegation – despite Newcastle United’s perilous position.
The club is five points above third-from-bottom Sunderland with four games left to play after Saturday’s 3-2 home defeat to Swansea City.
I’m not thinking about that disaster – let’s make that clear. Get that out of the back of our mindsJohn Carver
Half of the teams below Newcastle have a game in hand, including Saturday’s in-form opponents Leicester City.
Bookmakers have slashed the odds on United – who have lost their last seven games – going down.
But head coach Carver says he can’t allow himself to think about relegation.
Asked if he was worried about going down, Carver said: “I’m not even thinking about that.
“I’m not thinking about that disaster – let’s make that clear. Get that out of the back of our minds.
“It’s not even worth thinking about of commenting on. All I am thinking about is Leicester.”
Leicester climbed out of the relegation zone on Saturday after claiming a fourth successive win – Nigel Pearson’s side beat basement club Burnley at Turf Moor – and Carver’s side have already lost once at the King Power Stadium this season.
Carver said: “They have just had four wins on the bounce – that’s another tough game. We’re facing them when they are in their best form of the season.”
Asked if he had looked at the league table after the Swansea game, Carver said: “I have not actually looked at it, but I’ve been informed about other results.
“But to be quite honest, it is all about us, it’s not about what goes on anywhere else.
“We have got four massive games.”
Carver will have Moussa Sissoko back from suspension and defender Paul Dummett back from injury for the Leicester game.
“The good news is we have got Sissoko coming back,” he said.
“Siem de Jong has had 20 minutes and scored, we’ve got Dummett back for next week, because he’ll have a full week’s training, so we’re getting one or two people back. We need them.
“They’re coming back just at the right time.”