Newcastle United head coach John Carver has revealed on BT Sport the support that he has been getting from club chairman Mike Ashley.
Carver has been under pressure for weeks now due to the team’s poor run of results in the Premier League.
Prior to today’s Premier League clash against Leicester City away from home at the King Power Stadium, Newcastle had lost seven league matches in a row.
However, Ashley still seems to have faith in Carver, who replaced Alan Pardew as the Newcastle head coach in the middle of the season.
Speaking on the Matchday Live with Fletch & Sav show on Saturday, the 50-year-old revealed how Ashley had rang him up before last weekend’s game.
“I don’t get involved with Mike and rightly so,” said the Englishman. “I think Mike’s got enough to get on with but he’s very supportive.
“For example, before last weekend he couldn’t make the game so he rang me on Thursday or Friday and said to me, ‘Look I’m not going to be at the game, you’ve got my support, best of luck – go and win the game and I’ll speak to you later in the week’.”
That was last week, though, and one suspects that Ashley and Carver will have a discussion after Newcastle suffered a heavy defeat to Leicester City today.
The Magpies have now lost eight successive matches in the Premier League and are in real danger of going down to the Championship.