Newcastle United manager John Carver has admitted the upcoming summer is the most important the club has ever known, ClubCall has reported.
Carver was appointed as manager after Alan Pardew decamped for Crystal Palace, having been Pardew’s assistant, and has overseen a recent run of five straight defeats that takes in losses against Manchester United, Everton, Arsenal, Sunderland and Liverpool.
Newcastle are now in 13th place with six games of the Premier League season to go, nine points off the bottom three, with a section of supporters reportedly planning a protest at the next home game, this Sunday against Tottenham Hotspur.
Carver, whose own future as manager is unclear amid speculation of a new boss installed at the end of the season, said at a press conference prior to the visit of Spurs that the time has come for the Newcastle owners to spend money on the side to improve the playing squad, but stressed the decision wasn’t his to take.
“This is the biggest summer in the club’s recent history, definitely. Definitely. We know that, everybody knows that,” Carver said. “There are certainly a lot of decisions to be made, especially where we are and the situation we are in.
“But that’s out of my hands. I can’t do anything about the protests, I can’t do anything about what’s going to happen next season with my position,” he continued, “So I have just got to stay focussed and maintain some sort of level-headedness going into these games and make sure we get the right results.
“Going back to the investment – and I said it last week and straight from the heart – they know, the football club knows that they have to invest in the team because you can only keep going for so long.
“They have to invest in the team – and I have had assurances they are going to.”
Carver’s call for investment comes after it was announced Newcastle had posted financial results with a profit of more than £18m.
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