Newcastle order media blackout for under-fire players

John Carver wants a media blackout this week
John Carver wants a media blackout this week

JOHN Carver will attempt to enforce a media blackout on his Newcastle United players ahead of the club’s relegation decider.

Carver’s side will this week prepare for a do-or-die home game against West Ham United.

Newcastle, without a win since late February, remain just two points above third-from-bottom Hull City after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

“What we have to do is manage the situation,” said Carver.

“I will have a chat with them and try to keep them away from the Press as in watching TV, reading papers or going online.

“We have to try to keep it as low key as we can in that sense, but try to keep them as focused as possible – and do as much preparation as we can.”

Newcastle’s destiny is still in their own hands after Hull’s defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, while Sunderland are also not yet safe, though they have a game in hand.

“That’s the most important thing – it’s still in our hands,” said Carver. “If you want it enough, you can do something about it.

“I saw against West Brom after the players had their post-mortem – and I had mine. There was a good reaction. We need to see that same reaction.

“We have eight days to get our heads around the situation.”

On the QPR game, Carver added: “I think they have given everything and had a go.

“Sometimes the quality is not there, and it’s just not good enough.”