The woeful statistic that sums up John Carver's reign at Newcastle United

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A simply woeful statistic sums up the 50-year-old's Newcastle reign so far.

Since John Carver took over at Newcastle United, things have gone from bad to worse at St James' Park.

And, over their last six games, Carver's side have been the absolute worst team in the top flight.

Indeed, as the figures show, Newcastle are rock bottom based on their last six Premier League games, having won just once and lost five of them.

 Bottom 10 PointsWonDrawnLost
Aston Villa 7 2 1 4
Southampton 7 2 1 3
West Brom 7 2 1 3
Burnley 5 1 2 3
Hull City 5 1 2 3
Leicester 5 1 2 2
Sunderland 5 1 2 3
QPR 4 1 1 5
West Ham 4 1 1 4
Newcastle 3 1 0 5

The Magpies' sole victory came against lowly Aston Villa, while two of their defeats were heavy ones - 5-0 at Manchester City and 3-0 at Everton.

Newcastle's most recent loss, meanwhile, was another drab, uninspiring Wear-Tyne derby display, as the St James' Park outfit offered no resistance whatsoever to great rivals Sunderland.

It appears owner Mike Ashley's decision to hire Carver until the end of the season, then, was based purely on the fact he considered Newcastle to be safe from relegation (which, thanks to Carver, remains a distant possibility).

For a man so shrewd when it comes to profit making, Ashley will surely know the 50-year-old is nowhere near a full-time option for next campaign. The formbooks speak for themselves: relegation would be a probability, let alone a possible outcome.

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