Carver Comes Clean!

Rumours have spread around the city in the last week that the 50-year-old, currently in charge until the end of the campaign, has already been told he will be appointed as Alan Pardew's successor despite continuing speculation that Derby boss Steve McClaren is leading the race for the St James' Park hot-seat.

However, the man himself is adamant he has been given no indication that his reign will extend beyond the remaining five games of this season.

Asked if he had got the job, he replied: "Absolutely not. On the Gospel, I haven't been told that.

"We have had discussions about ongoing issues at the club, and I have regular meetings with [managing director] Lee [Charnley] and [chief scout] Graham [Carr] at least once a week.

"But I have not been given any assurances or been told what my situation is next season."