Newcastle cancel awards dinner

The event, which would have raised funds for the club’s charity Foundation, was??due to take place at St James’ Park on Wednesday evening, four days before the??final-day fixture against West Ham.

Officials have decided to cancel it to??ensure the focus remains solely on collecting the points required to avoid the drop, and the club will instead try to find another way to support Foundation.

A spokesman said:??”Newcastle United Football Club has made the very??difficult decision that in view of the current league position, it would not be??appropriate for the team and coaching staff to be celebrating the season and??collecting awards at a time when our only focus is on the next two games and??securing Premier League status.”

John Carver’s side have not won since they beat Aston Villa 1-0 on February 28 and they sit only two points outside the bottom three with two games remaining. Carver has only tasted victory twice since taking over from Alan Pardew in January.

They face relegated QPR on Saturday before ending the season at home to the Hammers on May 24.