Carver speaks of relief at being backed over Papiss Cisse decision

Newcastle United boss John Carver says he's relieved after he asked for a key player to be stopped from leaving.

Newcastle United boss John Carver has been quoted by the Daily Mirror speaking about his relief at being backed over a major decision at the club.

Carver prevented striker Papiss Cisse from joining UAE side Al Ahli, insisting that he was needed in the Newcastle squad over the rest of the season.

“I wanted to keep hold of him and I was supported 100% from Lee (Charnley, MD),” said the boss.

“It was a relief to be supported, to be honest, as it’s a good sign.”

Carver can’t be blamed for wanting to keep Cisse at the club because he’s a top quality attacking option, who offers Newcastle something a bit different to what they already have.

He’s quick, he’s got presence, he can play on the shoulder of a defence and he can drift off to either side and play down either channel.

Newcastle are in a god position ahead of the rest of the season, seven points away from the top eight and the possibility of European football looking ahead to next season.

One of the ways the Magpies are going to improve their chances of a top eight finish is Carver rotating his squad effectively and keeping everyone fit and fresh.

Cisse will be a part of that and it’s significant for the side’s chances of salvaging some success this season, that he has been prevented from leaving.

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