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MIKE ASH­LEY has been ac­cused of in­sult­ing the Toon Army af­ter putting John Carver in charge for the rest of the sea­son.

Carver has been told to carry on as caretaker boss un­til the sum­mer, when New­cas­tle hope to ap­point a per­ma­nent boss, with Dutch­man Frank de Boer and Derby’s ex-Eng­land man­ager Steve McClaren top of their hit-list. Wor­ried Mag­pies sup­port­ers fear the Ge­ordies could be dragged into a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle un­less Carver can en­gi­neer a quick turnaround in re­sults.

They sit 11th, eight points above the drop zone, but are with­out a win in the four games since Alan Pardew jumped ship to take over at Premier League ri­vals Crys­tal Palace. Toon chiefs have an­grily de­nied claims from Match of the Day pre­sen­ter Gary Lineker that they’re stalling on mak­ing a per­ma­nent ap­point­ment to avoid hav­ing to splash out on play­ers in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow.

But New­cas­tle leg­end Micky Quinn has blasted bil­lion­aire Ash­ley’s de­ci­sion to keep “cheap op­tion” Carver at the helm for the last 16 games. He

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