Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Biggest Day since Relegation - Carver; Carver: Biggest Day since Relegation

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Biggest Day since Relegation - Carver; Carver: Biggest Day since Relegation

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Byline: Mark Douglas Newcastle United editor mark.douglas@ncjmedia.co.uk

JOHN Carver believes Newcastle United's match against West Brom is the biggest the club has faced since the 2009 relegation decider at Aston Villa that they were defeated in.

And he has renewed his call for unity in the face of the threat of relegation - saying fans can "come for him" when the campaign is over.

United face the prospect of losing their PS70m share of the Premier League TV deal if they go down, and Newcastle will have a very different look if they are demoted.

The budget will be shaved, potential transfers shelved and the head coach search - due to be re-booted in May - may ironically not go much further than the man who took them down.

Those hypotheticals are not yet being crunched in the corridors of power at St James' Park, but defeat to West Brom combined with results going against them could wrestle United's fate out of their own hands. A win for Sunderland in the early kick-off would see the Black Cats, implausibly given where the two teams were a month ago, overtake Newcastle before the match.

Against that backdrop Carver says this is the biggest match since the Villa game which ultimately sealed Newcastle's fate.

"(This is) the biggest one in my opinion since Aston Villa the year we went down," he said.

"That was the biggest for a long, long time and this is up there with it. What we do have is two more cracks at the whip after this one. But it is in our hands. There Turn to Page 86 FROM BACK PAGE has to be a response. We have to put all our differences aside. We know there are people not happy with the hierarchy.

"I know there are people not happy with me and with the players. We all know that but let us put that aside. Get it out of away, get safe, stay in the Premier League and then you can come for us - well come for me! …

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