Newcastle boss John Carver says QPR counterpart Chris Ramsey has told him his job is difficult

Queens Park Rangers manager Chris Ramsey has spoken to Newcastle United boss John Carver this week.

Newcastle United manager John Carver has told the Chronicle that he has received the backing of Queens Park Rangers counterpart Chris Ramsey.

Carver says that he spoke with Ramsey earlier in the week and that the QPR boss understands the difficulties he faces in his job.

Ramsey apparently feels that the teams Carver has been forced to field over recent weeks have made the job at Newcastle all the more challenging.

"I also think people out there understand the circumstances. These are extreme circumstances," Carver said.

“If I’ve got the tools...I had a chat to (QPR manager) Chris Ramsey and he said, ‘I’ve seen the sides your putting out John, it’s difficult’. Listen, I am in pole position at the moment and until I am told otherwise, nothing is going to change."

Newcastle's questionable January business, combined with their failure to keep players off the treatment table, has left them short of cover and has meant that Carver has had to field makeshift teams.

The Magpies have regularly fielded players out of position, but Carver should surely have guided the team to more points than he has been able to accrue.

Newcastle have won just two of the 16 games that Carver has overseen, with that sorry sequence of results dragging them right into a relegation fight.

At the moment the Tynesiders are five points clear of the Premier League’s bottom three, but they still need to claim one more victory before they can feel entirely safe.

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