Carver explains why he gave players time off ahead of huge match

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Newcastle United manager John Carver appears to have taken a big risk ahead of a massive game for the club.

Newcastle United manager John Carver has told the Northern Echo why he’s given his players time off ahead of a massive match against West Ham United.

The Magpies are under real pressure heading into the weekend and a defeat could see the team relegated down into the Championship.

Carver has opted for a relaxed approach in the build up to the game, suggesting that laying into his players wouldn’t have had a positive impact over the team.

“I don’t think bringing in them just to tear a strip off them would have achieved anything,” said Carver.

“From a psychological point of view, it also gave the players a chance to clear their heads and start again. Sometimes, you need that, and to be honest, maybe some of the staff needed a bit of time away from it as well.”

If Newcastle win the game 2-0 and play with a refreshed approach then the decision is going to look like a masterstroke.

Carver could smother his players with different messages over the best approach and the right way to go about beating the Hammers, with different tactical ideas which could become overwhelming and confusing.

However, if Newcastle go down, fans will rightly ask why the players and staff weren’t in working on issues within the team which could have made the difference in arguably the biggest game the club has faced in the Premier League era.

Newcastle just have to win and the time off this week will hopefully put a spring in the step of every Magpies star, which makes them just a bit sharper than their West Ham counterparts.

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