Soccer – Carver still chasing Newcastle job


Stand-in manager John Carver has confirmed he has been given no assurances whether he will still be in charge at Newcastle United next season but is certain he is the right candidate.

The 50-year-old revealed the subject had not even been discussed at a recent meeting with St James’ Park officials and that he is in the dark about the club’s plans for a permanent successor to Alan Pardew.
Asked if he had got the job, Carver told reporters: “Absolutely not. On the Gospel, I haven’t been told that.
“We have had discussions about ongoing issues at the club, and I have regular meetings with [managing director] Lee [Charnley] and [chief scout] Graham [Carr] at least once a week.
“But I have not been given any assurances or been told what my situation is next season.”
The north-east giants have lost six straight in the Premier League – and have won only two games in the top flight since the start of 2015 – but Carver, who was appointed as head coach until the end of the season in January in the wake of Pardew’s decision to leave for Crystal Palace, said he is confident in his ability to take the club forward.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s visit to Tyneside of Swansea City, he said: “I feel in contention, absolutely – why wouldn’t I? I’m not a defeatist. I’m a positive guy and I’m not going to write myself off.”
Newcastle United are currently priced 7/5 by Bet365 in the match betting and the draw outcome is quoted 23/10. Swansea City are available to back at 23/10.