REMY Cabella has backed John Carver to pull Newcastle United through a troubled start to the year.
Carver was put in temporary charge after the departure of Alan Pardew.
And the 50-year-old has presided over three defeats and a draw over the past three weeks.
Carver is keen to succeed Pardew on a permanent basis, but the club is assessing other potential candidates.
However, Cabella, restored to the starting XI by Carver, feels the club’s assistant manager can make the step up.
“We are happy with JC,” said Cabella. “The staff are good – Stoney (Steve Stone) and JC – and the training is good.
“Every day we are happy, but when we lose we are not happy.
“JC is a good gaffer – there are no problems with JC and Stoney. There’s a good atmosphere.”
For his part, Cabella feels he is getting more used to the pace and power of the Premier League.
“I didn’t play a lot for five or six matches,” said the 24-year-old.
“Little by little, I play. I have to be strong. I work hard every day in training to play.
“When the gaffer calls me, I have to be the best. I give the best for the team and the club. I have to give him (everything) on the pitch and pay him back.”
It was a pass from Cabella, signed from Montpellier last summer, that led to Yoan Gouffran’s goal in Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Southampton.
United were furious at referee Robert Madley, who did not award a penalty in the dying minutes when Jose Fonte handled a shot from substitute Emmanuel Riviere in the box.
And United MUST beat Hull City at the KC Stadium on January 31, according to Cabella.
“The next game, we have to win,” he said. “For me, we have a good team and good players. We have no problems.”