Newcastle United standing by Carver through final matches of relegation battle

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If Newcastle United heads down to the Championship, it’ll be John Carver who guides their ship into the second tier.

The embattled and struggling club is standing by its embattled and struggling manager, who has watched over eight-straight defeats in the Premier League (many of them devoid of heart).

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Carver blasted his players for lack of effort after a 3-0 loss to Leicester City, going so far as to accuse defender Mike Williamson of taking an intentional red card to avoid playing a part in the next two matches (Williamson denies it). The post-match talk was met with a great deal of speculation on whether it was a resignation statement, and it was later reported that Carver got into a heated confrontation with club mainstays Tim Krul and Fabricio Coloccini.

Oh, and then a report came out claiming NUFC wanted Steve McLaren to take over immediately.

Here’s the statement:

Following the result at Leicester City on Saturday, there has been two days of frank dialogue with John Carver and senior players.

The outcome of those discussions is that the board, John Carver, his staff and players are absolutely focused on our current situation and the three hugely-important fixtures that remain this season, two of which are at St. James’ Park.

All parties accept responsibility for the current situation but are determined, together, to ensure this Club – your Club – retains its Premier League status.

That is the only focus at this time.

Newcastle’s season-ending fixtures are home to West Brom, away to QPR and home to West Ham. Since beating Aston Villa to end February, Newcastle has been beaten by a combined score of 18-4. The Magpies have allowed multiple goals in all but two matches of the losing streak, and have dropped to just two points shy of the drop zone.

So… good luck with the status quo.