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Newcastle club statement: Carver set to stay after ‘two days of frank dialogue’

Under-fire Newcastle United manager John Carver looks set to remain at the helm at least until the end of the season after the club released a statement revealing “two days of frank dialogue”.

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The Magpies find themselves in a relegation battle following eight successive defeats in the Premier League, their worst run of form in the top-flight in more than three decades.

A shambolic 3-0 defeat at fellow strugglers Leicester City at the weekend, in which two of their players were also sent off, left them perilously close to the dreaded drop zone.

Carver’s men are in 15th position, just two points ahead of bitter rivals Sunderland who are 18th with 33 points to their name.

However, the boss looks to have been handed a stay of execution by the hierarchy. The outcome of the talks which have taken place over the last 48 hours is, said the statement, that “the board, John Carver, his staff and players are absolutely focused on our current situation and the three hugely-important fixtures which remain this season, two of which are at St James’ Park”.

Newcastle host West Bromwich Albion on Saturday before travelling to Queens Park Rangers a week later and entertaining West Ham United – managed by their old boss Sam Allardyce – on the final day of the campaign.

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