With fans fearing the worst in the remaining games, John Carver has claimed new players are on the way and he’s helping to choose them.

The United Head Coach says he knows which players are being targeted and that there is going to be ‘investment’.

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Carver specifically naming a centre-back as a priority, something which has been the case throughout Mike Ashley’s entire eight years at the club.

John  Carver:

“I have spoken to Lee Charnley and he has spoken to Mike Ashley, they have acknowledged the fact we’re a little bit short at the back, in particular at centre-half.

“There’s a process in place and I have been involved in that process over the last few weeks.”

A lot of work behind scenes…;

“We have got another meeting in a fortnight with Lee and Graham Carr to talk about the future – to talk about investment in the summer.

“There’s going to be investment and I can tell you that because I have seen who we are looking at, there’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes”

John Carver’s words are unlikely to reassure anybody.

The list of players that Newcastle need, will far exceed anything that Mike Ashley is prepared to allow to be financed.

Saying that there will be ‘investment’ in the summer is just meaningless because every club will be ‘investing’ at the end of the season, the question being whether Mike Ashley is prepared to invest enough of the profits on the playing squad and it must be a very exclusive club of Newcastle supporters who believe that this well happen.

I wouldn’t mind betting that Ashley’s minions would even argue that there was ‘investment’ two summers ago, when not a single player was bought. However, no doubt MD Lee Charnley and others would dare to claim that the loan fee for Loic Remy represented said investment.

I would guess the shopping list for most fans would probably include a minimum of two centre-backs, a left-back, two midfielders/wingers and two strikers – at least seven players needed who would all have to be ready to take on the Premier League from day one next season.

For me the above would have to be the minimum to get Newcastle back on the right track and without any major departures.

As for the continuing clear hints from Carver himself that he is going to be here longer term, his actions and words are alienating fans more and more by the day.