The only way should be up for Newcastle, says would-be head coach John Carver

EXIT ... Alan Pardew.
EXIT ... Alan Pardew.

JOHN Carver says the only way should be up for Newcastle United – whoever is put in charge at St James’s Park.

The club was 10th in the Premier League ahead of this afternoon’s game against leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Newcastle finished there last season, and the club’s aim is again a top-half finish.

But Carver – who wants to succeed departed manager Alan Pardew – feels the club’s aim must be to carry on up the table and challenge for European football.

Asked what United’s aims should be, Carver said: “To get as high up the table as we can.

“We finished fifth a couple of years ago, and that was fantastic. So why can’t we push fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth?

“There’s all this talk that they (the club) are happy to sit in the top 10.

“No – go as high as you can. Set your marker as high as you can and, if you get there, what an achievement.

“We’ve proved we’re capable of that and there was the recent run of six wins on the bounce.”