Newcastle United caretaker-manager John Carver has reiterated that he wants to get the job on a full-time basis.
Carver has been in temporary charge of the Newcastle first team following the departure of Alan Pardew to fellow Premier League outfit Crystal Palace.
The 49-year-old has not won any of his games in charge so far, but he seems to believe that he is the right man for the job.
"A million percent I want this,” Carver told BBC Sport. "I've not had any conversations with Mike Ashley. I've spoken to (managing director) Lee Charnley a number of times to tell me to prepare the team but that's it.”
Carver made the comments following Newcastle’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea away from home in the Premier League this evening.
The Magpies gave a very gusty performance at Stamford Bridge, but goals from Oscar and Diego Costa undid their hard work.
Reflecting on the loss, Carver said: "When we got here people said we would park the bus, we didn't do that, we created some great chances but switching off just before half-time is a cardinal sin.”
"It's been a difficult time because of the Christmas period so we have not had much prep time and this is the first week we've had a full training week and they executed the plan as I wanted. I told them afterwards I'm proud of them,” he added.
Newcastle are now 10th in the Premier League table with 27 points from 21 matches. The Magpies are safely positioned in mid-table, but if they do not start picking up points soon, then they run the risk of getting dragged into the relegation fight.
Carver may know the Newcastle players well, but so far he has not done much to prove to Newcastle owner Mike Ashley that he deserves to be made the team’s full-time manager.
If Carver wants the job full time, then he needs to start getting results.