JOHN Carver says there will be a “clearout” at Newcastle United in the summer – with players are playing for their futures between now and then.
Head coach Carver has had early discussions with the club’s hierarchy ahead of another summer of rebuilding at St James’s Park.
Managing director Lee Charnley has told Carver that there will be substantial “investment” in a squad which lacks depth in key areas, notably defence.
But there will also be outgoings at Newcastle in the summer transfer window.
The likes of Moussa Sissoko and Cheik Tiote are certain to attract interest from elsewhere, and a number of other players, including Ryan Taylor and Jonas Gutierrez, are out of contract at the end of the campaign.
And Carver – whose 11th-placed side take on Arsenal at St James’s Park this afternoon – says performances between now and the end of the season will have a bearing on the final decisions.
“They (the board) know there has to be a clearout – it’s pretty obvious,” said Carver. “It has to be done.
“There are people out of contract, there are people who are not good enough – they know that, and I am telling now, because I have been part of it in the last few weeks, there are things in place.”
As well as Taylor and Gutierrez, Sammy Ameobi, Jak Alnwick, Remie Streete and Adam Campbell are also all out of contract in the summer.
Decisions will also be made on a number of development squad players coming to the end of their scolarships.
Carver, meanwhile, was angered by the comments of former Everton midfielder Phil Neville on Match of the Day 2 after Newcastle’s 3-0 defeat at Goodison Park last weekend.
Neville felt some of the club’s players had their “flip-flops” on given the team’s poor performance.
Carver – who himself is battling to prove he can succeed departed manager Alan Pardew on a full-time basis – says players and staff at the club are under scrutiny.
Asked if players were playing for their futures, Carver said: “We all are, absolutely.
“And that’s why I was a bit astonished when people came out and talked about us being on the beach and wearing flip-flops.
“How can players do that when they know that everybody is playing for their futures?
“I was a bit surprised because he (Neville) has been a player. I understand it when it’s people that haven’t played, but he’s been on the other side of the fence and that surprised me.
“I know how he would react if someone said that about him.”
Asked whether pundits were now “crossing the line” in their assessments, Carver added: “It’s competitive out there now – Sky, BT, Match of the Day.”