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Saturday 3 December 2016

Newcastle boss John Carver defends players' break

John Carver feels Newcastle will put in a strong performance at the weekend
John Carver feels Newcastle will put in a strong performance at the weekend

Newcastle head coach John Carver has defended his decisions to play in a charity golf tournament and to give his players two days off as the club faces a Premier League relegation showdown.

The Magpies' under-achieving squad was given Sunday and Monday off in the wake of their 2-1 defeat at QPR on Saturday, and some were less than impressed to see Carver himself enjoying a day's golf.

However, the 50-year-old has insisted his players will prepare properly for Sunday's decisive clash with West Ham and made no apologies for supporting the charity event saying: "I think we made over £500,000 for the Children's Heart Foundation at the Freeman Hospital, which will enable them to buy at least five scanners to save young children's lives - then that's a worthy cause."

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