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Carver: "most difficult situation I've ever been in"

Newcastle United boss John Carver says his current position at the club is "the most difficult situation I've ever been in".

The Magpies were beaten 3-1 by Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park today. The result was Newcastle's sixth Premier League defeat in a row.

Thousands of fans boycotted today's match in protest against owner, Mike Ashley.

81% of people support boycott in ITV News poll

There were thousands of empty seats in St James' Park today. Credit: PA

81% of participants in an exclusive ITV News poll have backed the decision of some Newcastle fans to take part in today's boycott of the ground.

There were thousands of empty seats inside St James' Park today as Newcastle lost 3-1 to Tottenham.

Asked 'Should Newcastle fans boycott the Spurs match?', 81% of participants answered 'yes' and 19% said 'no'.

Over 2,000 people took part in the poll.

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Poll: Should Newcastle fans boycott Spurs match?

Should Newcastle fans boycott the match against Spurs? Credit: PA

Thousands of Newcastle fans are expected to boycott today's game against Tottenham at St James' Park.

The Magpies recent run of form has angered some supporters, who blame owner Mike Ashley for not investing more money in the club.

Campaigners from the 'Ashley Out' group say they will hand out 20,000 leaflets near the stadium before kick-off at 4pm.

What do you think? Should Newcastle fans boycott today's match? Have your say below:

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NUFC: profit goal achieved for fourth year

Newcastle United has made profit for the fourth successive year. This cements Newcastle's position, in financial terms, as one of the most successful clubs in the top flight.

The club's debt remained static at £129million in the form of an interest-free loan from owner Mike Ashley - none of the debt has been repaid.

"I am pleased to report a positive set of results which confirms the healthy financial position the club now finds itself in and is a reflection of the prudent and measured manner in which we operate.

"The club benefits from a supportive owner and is financially stable. This gives us a strong platform from which to grow, both on and off the pitch, a result of which means, as we move forward, we are able to net spend on the playing squad and invest in other areas of the business.

"The most pleasing aspect in this set of accounts has been the growth in our commercial revenue and it has been our strongest year yet in that respect."

– Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley

Newcastle United announce record profits of £18.7m

Newcastle United has announced record profits of £18.7m due to increases in television income and new sponsorship deals.

The club also saw revenues increase by 35% from £95.9m to £129.7m.

More than half the club's income (£78.3million) came from the new Premier League television rights deals.

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley Credit: PA

"Most significantly, the club reported strong commercial revenue growth delivering £25.6million in 2014, up from £17.1million in 2013. This 49.7 per cent increase was largely the result of two lucrative new deals with the club's principal sponsors, Wonga and Puma."

– Newcastle United

Mike Ashley in the spotlight over football finances

Mike Ashley Credit: PA

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has been accused of breaching several Scottish Football Association rules relating to his dual interest in Rangers and the Magpies, the Scottish FA has announced.

Late this afternoon the SFA issued notices of complaint against both Mike Ashley and Rangers Football club, suggesting SFA rules have been breached because of the Billionaire's dual interest in Rangers and Newcastle United.

There's a hearing scheduled for the end of January.

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Miliband slams 'terrible' Sports Direct employment terms

Ed Miliband has claimed 17,000 of Sports Direct's 20,000 strong workforce are on zero-hours contracts as he attacked the company as a "terrible" employer for some staff.

Ed Miliband pledged that Labour would ban zero-hours contracts. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Speaking in Coventry, the Labour leader said the company "has predictable turnover, it has big profits but, for too many of its employees, Sports Direct is a terrible place to work".

"We cannot go on with an economy that allows businesses to use zero-hours contracts as the standard way of employing people month after month, year after year," he said.

Describing what he calls a "zero-zero economy" - where workers have no guaranteed hours and those at the top pay no tax - Miliband added: "These Victorian practices - the epidemic of zero-hours contracts that we see at Sports Direct - have no place in the 21st century."

According to the Office for National Statistics, around 1.4 million people were on zero-hours contracts in the UK when estimated earlier this year.

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