With manager Alan Pardew set to leave for Crystal Palace, assistant John Carver will lead Newcastle United as they face Burnley at St. James’ Park.
Things have happened very quickly regarding Pardew in recent days, and the speculation all began when he did not fulfil media duties after Sunday’s victory over Everton. Whether he will be significantly missed by the Magpies faithful remains to be seen, but the 53-year-old has guided the club to a respectable ninth place.
And that win in the last game was crucial as it ended a four-match losing run in all competitions, with youngster Ayoze Perez impressing again and finding the net as they punished Everton’s mistakes.
Burnley will be buoyant heading into this one after they upset all odds to come from two goals down and claim a point away to champions Manchester City, a result thoroughly deserved on the basis on a bold second half performance.
They will be hoping to capitalise on the uncertainty surrounding the home side, which will surely transmit to the players, while Ashley Barnes has emerged from the shadow of Danny Ings in recent weeks to take centre stage. He will be confident of extending his scoring run here.
Jak Alnwick is likely to be in goal again for Newcastle, who have lost Papiss Cisse to a three-match ban for violent conduct. Rolando Aarons and Ryan Taylor are also out.
Sam Vokes could make his first Premier League start after injury, but Burnley are still without Michael Duff, Matt Taylor and Stephen Ward.
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