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Carver: Newcastle players need to embrace pressure

Newcastle United boss John Carver has challenged his players to dig themselves out of the hole they are currently in.

QPR host Newcastle on Saturday with Newcastle knowing three points could guarantee their Premier League survival.

John Carver is also under pressure. Credit: PA

"The last four or five months, I've learned an awful lot, and that's what it's all about. The fact I've been given the time to learn from different situations, I think it's very important .

"The one thing is, I'm looking forward to this weekend because there's a huge challenge in front of us, there's a bit of pressure on us and we have to be able to embrace that pressure and deal with the challenge ahead of us.

"When we come out the other end of it - and hopefully we'll be at the right end of it - then I will definitely, without a shadow of a doubt, be a stronger and better person for it."


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Newcastle boss Carver: I am the best coach in the league

John Carver made a bold statement. Credit: PA

Newcastle United head coach John Carver still believes he is the best in the Premier League, despite suffering eight straight defeats.

Carver made the claims ahead of his side's crucial game against West Brom at the weekend.

"I still think I'm the best coach in the Premier League. That's what I think. Now there's nothing wrong with that, but I still do.

"If I have the right tools, I can do the job. I'm doing the job to the best of my ability at the moment and I'll continue doing that for the next three weeks."

Youngster ready to help Newcastle in relegation fight

Rolando Aarons is back in action. Credit: PA

Newcastle United teenager Rolando Aarons is ready to return for their final three games.

The forward has been out since November, but is now set to play a key role in his club's fight for survival.

It's hard as a fan to watch it, but it's even more frustrating as a player, especially when you're injured.

I just want to be involved and try to help the team, and I've not been able to do that for six months.

I'm raring to go and trying to build my match fitness up, so I'm ready to play for the first team when I need to.

I'm not the gaffer, so it's up to him to make that decision, but even right now, I wouldn't turn down the chance to play for the first team. Rusty or not, I'm always available and I'm ready to play.

– Rolando Aarons speaking to NUFC TV

Police search headquarters of Newcastle owner

Mike Ashley's Sports Direct headquarters were searched by officers. Credit: PA

Police have searched Mike Ashley's Sports Direct headquarters in Derbyshire as part of their ongoing investigation relating to Rangers.

The Newcastle United owner has close to a nine per cent stake in the Ibrox club, and Sports Direct has control of their retail operations.

"We can confirm that officers carried out a search of a property in Derbyshire," Police Scotland said.

"As this is part of a live inquiry, it would be inappropriate to comment further."

A statement from the sportswear firm read:

The premises of Sports Direct at Shirebrook were visited by Police Scotland conducting an investigation relating to Glasgow Rangers FC and various persons previously employed by and or associated with Rangers.

The police investigation is not directed at Sports Direct or at any of its directors or employees. The police were seeking documentation which might assist the investigation.

Sports Direct has co-operated fully and will continue to co-operate in the provision of information that the police request.

– Sports Direct statement
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