West Brom head coach Tony Pulis has defended under-fire Newcastle boss John Carver – and insisted that he MUST show self-confidence in their relegation battle.
The Magpies chief claimed he was the best coach in the Premier League yesterday – despite losing eight successive games.
Albion go to St James’s Park tomorrow with Newcastle just two points above the bottom three.
Carver has been mocked since replacing Alan Pardew in January, with fans turning on him and the team because of their wretched form, but Pulis believes he has to be bullish.
Pulis said: “We all have that self-confidence and you have got to have self-confidence. He has found himself in a very difficult situation. When he took over probably everyone thought they were safe and they’ve just got dragged into it.
“The big thing about football is you should never take anything for granted, because it could turn around and kick you in the backside.
“They have three games to pick some points up and one of those games is against us. We have a responsibility to everyone in the league to give it our best.”
Albion are on the brink of survival after last week’s 1-0 win at Manchester United put them on 40 points.
Pulis will wait until the morning before naming his side as he has doubts over some unnamed players.
The Baggies will train in the North East on this afternoon and Pulis – who declined to name the doubts – will assess the squad.
He added: “We have one or two knocks or bruises, so we won’t be able to pick the team until tomorrow.”