Steve Harper: Newcastle are in safe hands with John Carver in charge

BACKING ... Steve Harper.
BACKING ... Steve Harper.

STEVE Harper does NOT think Newcastle United will be sucked into a relegation battle under John Carver.

Carver’s side take on Harper’s Hull City at the KC Stadium tomorrow.

Steve Harper and Lady Elsie

Steve Harper and Lady Elsie

Hull are third from bottom of the Premier League and fighting for survival.

And some Newcastle fans voiced fears that the club would be dragged into trouble after caretaker head coach Carver was put in charge for the rest of the campaign after the club opted to “defer” the appointment of Alan Pardew’s successor.

The club has not won a game since Pardew left for Crystal Palace late last month.

But goalkeeper Harper – who left Newcastle in the summer of 2013 after a 14-year first-team career at St James’s Park – feels the move was a shrewd one on the part of the club.

“I think it’s a good move,” Harper told Metro Radio.

“He knows the club inside out, and the club will benefit from having the uncertainty removed.

“They’re not in any danger of going down, they’ll be safe.

“The mandate now is for a top-10 finish.”

Harper, pictured with Sir Bobby Robson’s widow, Lady Elsie, was speaking at a visit to the Northern Centre for Cancer Care at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, which has benefited from a £850,000 donation from the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

The money enabled state-of-the-art equipment, previously only available in London, to be installed at the hospital.

The late Sir Bobby Robson set up the foundation in 2008.

Harper, meanwhile, has made five appearances so far this season for Steve Bruce’s Hull, and the 39-year-old is likely to again be on the bench for the televised game against Newcastle.

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