Newcastle head coach John Carver has defended his decisions to play in a charity golf tournament and to give his players two days off as the club faces a Barclays Premier League relegation showdown.
Some supporters have reacted with incredulity when the Magpies' drastically under-achieving squad was given Sunday and Monday off in the wake of their 2-1 defeat at QPR on Saturday, and some were less than impressed to see Carver himself enjoying a day's golf.
t didn't interfere with any of our preparations. Our preparation, our days in and days off, are exactly the same as they were before the West Bromwich Albion game.
I've spoken to quite a few managers and there were lots of managers not in on Sunday and Monday because we all know the final game of the season is on Sunday, so I have a clear conscience.
We pulled out of this golf charity day two years ago and were criticised for that, so you're dammed if you do and your dammed if you don't. I thought it was important that we do things in the community, we support our local businesses and charities.
It is a tough time, but sometimes you have to relax as well to get yourself ready and focused for the challenge ahead, and that's where we are now."
Newcastle United's players have been ordered to stay under the radar ahead of their final day relegation battle. Head Coach John Carver has instructed the players to stay off social media and stay focussed. He says they shouldn't watch football on the television - but they can watch the wrestling!
The Magpies need to beat West Ham on Sunday to guarantee their premier league survival. Carver admitted he's encouraged his players to keep a low profile.
Ant & Dec has called for reform of the way Newcastle United is run, saying no business would treat customers the way NUFC treats its fans.
The Geordie superstars spoke as they took part in a golf tournament at Close House Golf Club, Heddon-on-the-Wall, Northumberland.
It was to raise money for CHUF, the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital.
They took time out to speak to ITV Tyne Tees, and expressed their concern about their beloved Newcastle United - although they did urge fans to get behind the team for their last game of the season against West Ham at St James' Park.
Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse has been declared fit for Saturday's Premier League match away to Queens Park Rangers.
The Senegal international has been out of action for almost two months after a combination of injury and a seven-match ban for spitting. The 29-year-old came off the bench in last weekend's 1-1 draw with West Brom but he hasn't started a match since March 4.
Newcastle boss John Carver says the club's number nine is now fit and 'could be huge' for the Magpies in their final two games of the season.
Detectives investigating the murder of a Gateshead man in 2012 have arrested two men.
32-year-old John 'The Badge' Roberts was found murdered inside his house in Park Terrace, Winlaton, on Sunday 16th December 2012.
Officers have today arrested two men, aged 42 and 45, on suspicion of murder. They are currently in custody helping police with their enquiries.
John Roberts was a well-known Newcastle United fan. He used to sell badges outside St James' Park, hence his 'The Badge' nickname.
Anyone with information about the unsolved murder case is asked to call Northumbria Police on 101.
Detectives investigating the murder of John 'The Badge' Roberts in 2012 have arrested two men.
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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."
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