John Carver’s team in a relegation scrap according to Jack Colback
Newcastle United’s problems have been well-documented in recent weeks and Sunday’s 3-1 reverse at home to Tottenham Hotspur means that the Magpies remain on 35 points.
While that total is seven points greater than Leicester in 18th place, the Foxes’ resurgence allied to the fact that they, Hull and Sunderland have a game in hand means that the Toon Army will be starting to worry that the drop could happen.
The bookies are still prepared to offer 50/1 about a Newcastle relegation this season, although it has been six straight defeats for a United side who have lost their way under John Carver.
Thousands of fans boycotted Sunday’s game against Spurs in protest against the Mike Ashley regime, with the club owner seemingly content for Newcastle to remain in the top flight without spending money on new players.
Carver could well remain in charge beyond the summer and that is not to the liking of the majority of Newcastle fans who feel that promoting the caretaker manager from within highlights the lack of ambition at the club.
“I said before this game that we’ve got to look over our shoulder to see what’s going on,” Carver said.
“We haven’t got to worry about that. We have to try and take care of our business and it’s up to us to do that.
“I thought everybody was nervous and tentative at the start of the game,” he said.
“But we got a great start to the second half, the early goal gave us a bit of momentum.
“But then we concede a poor goal and went behind. The third goal comes at a stage when we were pushing. The one thing I will say is that these guys keep going and having a go but sometimes they might not be good enough. It’s disappointing but it’s my job to find a solution.”
Newcastle face Swansea City next Saturday for what should be another tense atmosphere and the Swans won’t be easy opponents as they look to bounce back from a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Leicester.
Another defeat for the Magpies will see their relegation odds cut further, especially if the teams below them can continue collecting points.