Former Newcastle United coach and local boy John Carver has taken over as manager at MLS club Toronto FC.
John Carver – new manager of Toronto in MLS
Former Newcastle United coach and local boy John Carver has taken over as manager at MLS club Toronto FC. Mo Johnston, who had been the Canadian side’s coach, has now been named director of soccer.
Tom Anselmi of club owners Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment said today:
“Mo will continue to be responsible for all aspects of soccer operations and we are providing him with more resources to support his objectives,”
“John Carver has been added to serve as head coach of Toronto FC, which will enable Mo to devote more time to manage the assessment and procurement of talent which is even more important now with the expanded international player mix available for MLS teams.”
Torontoâ€™s first season in the MLS was this year, but they finished with the worst record in the league with six wins, nine draws and 15 defeats.
Three weeks ago john Carver left English League One club Luton Town with Kevin Blackwell, who both tended their resignations but then were immediately sacked by Luton, as a takeover of the club is underway.
New Director of Soccer Mo Johnston said:
“I am delighted to have John Carver alongside me as we start to prepare for the 2008 season,”.
“He brings a lot of experience with him in all aspects of the game and I’m looking forward to working together. We are committed to making this team better in every way, and John will be a big part of that.”
This will be Carver’s first spell as a head coach in his own right.
John, who is now 43, began his coaching career at Newcastle United, working with Ruud Gullit and then alongside manager Sir Bobby Robson, until Bobby was sacked in 2004. John was caretaker manager just before Souness took over at Newcastle when we hammered Souness’ former club Blackburn Rovers 3-0 at St. James Park in front of a watching Graeme Souness.
Souness didn’t take too long to drag us down to what Blackburn were like when he left them, and he was sacked 17 months later, exactly two years ago today.
When Souness came in during September, 2004 he was moved to be Director of the Newcastle Youth Academy, but left and eventually Glenn Roeder was appointed in the summer of 2005 to that position.
John, who is a solid coach, then moved to Leeds United to work with Blackwell. In fact it would not surprise us if John ends up back at Newcastle United some time down the road as a coach.
We wish John the very best of luck in his new endeavor.