We had reported last week that once Mickey Adams got the vacant Sheffield United job, then John Carver, who had been Assistant Manager to Gary Speed at the club, was out of a job.
John Carver - while at Newcastle
And who better to fill in the vacant Assistant Manager position at Newcastle, than the man who was the right-hand man of Sir Bobby Robson, while Bobby managed the club, and who is a Newcastle native – than John Carver?
The Sunday Mirror is reporting today that the 45 year-old Geordie is in the running to be named Alan Pardew’s assistant at the Magpies.
The former Leeds coach and Toronto FC manager, is looking for work after just losing his job at the Blades last week, after becoming caretaker manager for 3 games, after Gary Speed left Sheffield United to manage Wales.
Pardew told the Mirror:
“John did a super job when he was here and he’s a good guy.” “I’ve met him a couple of times and I like him.”
“I’ve had a chance to look at how it works now. There have been names mentioned but it’s a difficult position to fill.”
” It needs to be someone the players respect, who will be an asset to the group, to come in and assist me in what is a big job.”
John would be welcomed back by Newcastle fans, who remember him for the great job he did at the club as Bobby Robson’s right hand man from 1999 until 2004, when Bobby had Newcastle United flying high in the European Champions League.
Under Sir Bobby and John Carver, Newcastle finished in 4th, 3rd and 5th places in the Premier League until Bobby was surprisingly sacked in late August of 2004, after just two draws in the first four league games of the season.
The Newcastle Chairman at the time, Freddy Shepherd, then made the famous statement that 5th place and out of the European Champions League just wasn’t good enough for Newcastle.
Yeah – right!