Newcastle caretaker boss John Carver has insisted that the managerial upheaval at St James’ Park hasn’t distracted the players.

The media are continuing to ask who will be the next permanent Newcastle manager, but caretaker boss John Carver doesn’t think the players will be affected.

Despite his poor relationship with the fans, Alan Pardew was said to be popular with many of the players, who were shocked when he left for Crystal Palace.

But reports suggest that the squad is happy to see Pardew’s assistant Carver in charge and things seem to be stable within the dressing room.

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Newcastle face a tough trip to Chelsea this weekend, but Carver believes they are in the right mental state for the encounter.

“In fairness I think the dressing room is settled,” he told the Chronicle.

“However, the longer it goes on it can become unsettling.

“I have been in this situation before and it can affect people.”

Carver also revealed that whoever does take the manager’s role won’t have the chance to dictate transfer policy.

“Whoever the manager is will not get involved in that situation,” he explained. “Whoever comes in will be head coach and their responsibility will be to look after the team.

“I know how hard people are working behind the scenes to get players in but they have to be right.

“That process will go on no matter who is in this position.”

Carver also revealed that he had received texts of support from Pardew telling him: “get your head down, you are good enough to do the job and I trust you can do it”. 

The current favourite to take the Newcastle manager role on a permanent basis is former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood but French tactician Remi Garde is still firmly in the frame.

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