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Monday 26 September 2016

Carver: I'm enjoying challenge of turning around Newcastle

John Carver has insisted he is enjoying the task of trying to turn Newcastle's season around despite all appearances.

The 50-year-old has suffered a torrid time since replacing Alan Pardew as head coach at St James' Park until at least the end of the season.

Pardew's former assistant has managed just two wins in 14 games in all competitions to date and has seen his side lose their last five Barclays Premier League fixtures, a run which has allowed the chasing pack to close and threaten to drag the club into a shock relegation fight.

That, coupled with fury over owner Mike Ashley's recruitment policy, has sparked calls for a mass boycott of tomorrow's home clash with Tottenham, but Carver (right) remains upbeat.

He said with a smile: "I'm enjoying it - you might think it's strange to say that.

"The hardest thing is to pick yourself up after a defeat because you take it personally. But we are professionals and have to get on with it. I'm quite a positive guy."

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