JOHN Carver has leapt to the defence of Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew after the odds tumbled on him becoming the next manager to leave his post.
The club’s failure to sign another striker in this summer’s transfer window has angered fans.
Some of that frustration has been directed at Pardew, though the bulk has been aimed at the club’s hierarchy and a controversial recruitment policy which has seen a profit generated in most transfer windows.
A frustrated Pardew has kept his counsel since deadline day attempts to sign a number of forwards failed.
He will break his silence later this week when he returns from a continental scouting mission ahead of Newcastle’s visit to QPR on Monday night.
Carver, his number two, is taking training in his absence and the talk of Pardew’s future at the club being in doubt has left him baffled given a promising start to the season on the field, whatever the issues off the pitch.
“Why is his position in doubt?” said Carver.
“This has been a good start to the season for us – we’ve taken seven points from three matches, and we’re in the third round of the Carling Cup.
“We’re going in the right direction. If we’d told people that we’d have had that, they would have snapped our hands off.
“It’s absolutely absurd to question the position of the manager.”
Carver also maintains the mood behind the scenes is buoyant, sixth-placed United having won two of their opening three Premier League games.
“Training has been excellent,” he added.
“Sometimes it isn’t always easy when you have international breaks and you haven’t got a game coming up on a Saturday, but it’s been excellent.”
United could strengthen in January’s transfer window, though supporters will be wary of any promises on that front, and in the meantime Pardew and Carver must get the most out of the players they do have at the club.
Carver said: “The transfer window’s closed. We’ve got this squad until January and we’ll go from there.”