Breaking News: Newcastle Appoint John Carver Assistant Manager

Newcastle United have confirmed this morning that they have  appointed Geordie  John Carver, as the club’s new Assistant Manager.

A great shot of John Carver and Alan Pardew this morning
Is that Ronaldo on the board behind them – listed as a transfer target?

That’s great news for the Newcastle club, and Carver left Sheffield United only recently, when manager Gary Speed left the Blades, but he has only been appointed until the end of the season.

The 46-year-old was Assistant Manager at Newcastle, when the great Sir Bobby Robson took the club to the heights from 1999-2004, before he was sacked by then Chairman Freddy Shepherd.

The official reason for Bobby’s sacking was that 5th top of the Premier League wasn’t good enough – right – sorry to keep rubbing that in.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said this today about the appointment of John:

“I’m delighted to be bringing John on board, he has an excellent track record as a coach and of course knows this club very well.”

“It was crucial for me that I brought in an assistant who I knew would work well with the current coaching team we have here.”

“We’ve got a good solid set-up with some excellent staff and maintaining that stability is very important to me. John fitted the bill perfectly.”

“It’s a short term deal at the moment in order that I can get to know John better,  and it gives both of us the chance to see how the next four months pan out working together.”

“That said, I’m very confident he’ll be a great addition to our coaching staff and hopefully, if things go well, we can make it a longer term appointment come the summer.”

So there’s the reason why it’s just through the end of the season, since Alan doesn’t know John very well at the moment, and we have to hope the two of them can forge a good working relationship – for the good of the Newcastle club.

Alan has been delighted with first team coaches Steve Stone and Willie Donachie, and it seems they have hit it off big time, and Pardew has been very complimentary of the two of them.

But we can assure Alan that John will hardly upset the band-wagon, and we just have to hope that in a couple of months John Carver’s contract at his home town club will be extended.

John has coached at a number of clubs, starting in 1999 with Bobby Robson at Newcastle, and when Graeme Souness was brought in to replace Bobby, John took over the Newcastle Academy, but left the club the following year.

He has been caretaker boss at Leeds United in 2006, and from 2008-2009 he was manager of MLS team Toronto FC.

From 2009–2010 he was Assistant Manager at Plymouth Argyle, and of course was there last season when Newcastle clinched promotion when they beat Plymouth.

And it seems John arranged a big celebration getting Queen’s “We are the Champions” played over the loud-speaker system at the end of the game.

That did cause some protests from Plymouth fans, who pointed to the line “No time for Losers”, as applying to them, and of course Plymouth were relegated last season.

Last year he was Sheffield United’s first team coach, and took over for three games last year after Gary Speed left to manage Wales.

John Carver is highly rated in the coaching world, and he should be a huge help to Alan Pardew at Newcastle.

This appointment will be very well received by Newcastle fans.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • hitman

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #2

    is this the signing we have been waiting for…great signing tho

  • MacToon

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #3

    Gotta be great news about Carver.

  • tdt

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #4

    I bet we’ll be linked with all the half decent players from plymouth and sheff United now. Do either team have anyone worth buying, ie yougsters in particular?

  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Why only a 6 month contract. pardew has a 5 1/2 year deal. lets hope for extension in the summer.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #6

    All good news today.

    -> Carver.
    -> Ranger.
    -> Gosling.
    -> Reserves.

    Keep it coming!

  • MacToon

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #7

    “It’s a short term deal at the moment in order that I can get to know John better and it gives us both the chance to see how the next four months pan out working together.”

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #8

    @ Indian Magpie // Jan 18, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    I think 6mth contract is sensible.

    Carver and Pardew have never worked together before, so the initial 6mth contract is a failsafe I think.

    I wouldn’t think there would be much doubt of a summer extension.

  • Toonaholic

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #9

    LMFAO Cockney magpie, that link made my day.

  • Toonaholic

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #10

    Also a bit of topic, but does anyone else find it peculiar that Darren Bent only handed a transfer request 2 hours after the match against us lot? Maybe Pardew has something to do with it?
    But probably just wishful thinking.

  • stuckdownsouth

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #11

    Great news about Carver. Agree with Richyg01 it’s sensible. I am so happy we missed out on Chris Powell and Peter Taylor this is the best appointment we could have made.

    Lets hope he gets the other 5 years in the summer!

  • MykToonFan

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #12

    Excellent news about Carver. The man loves the club and knows exactly what it’s all about.

    Possibility of Routledge being swapped for Taarabt also sounds interesting. Supposedly we sent scouts to watch him playing at the weekend, and they’re desperate for Wayne to return.

  • Ericles

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #13

    Great news. A great choice by Pardew. Gives one that good feeling – similar to the one on Sunday when we watched an over-stuffed mackem moggy trying to drive a member of the Toon Airforce (a
    magpie) away from the Stadium of Shite pitch. It seems we mean business after all. Welcome home John.

  • Thump

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #14

    Amazing news!

    Welcome home lad! 😀

  • Davies

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #15

    Good to see him back. Be nice if he can have the same relationship with Pardew as he did with SBR.

  • toonruz

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #16

    as long as pawdew does not try haveing a realationship with carver wife they should be ok

  • toonruz

    Jan 18, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #17


  • Cockney Magpie

    Jan 18, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #18

    im 2 secs away from giving one of the yids at work a slap, we is seriously arguing that steed malbranque is better than joey barton!! arrrrrggggghhhh!!!!!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jan 18, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #19

    he not we!

  • toonruz

    Jan 18, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #20

    bothroyd to replace bent ha ha

  • Thump

    Jan 18, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #21

    lol Malbranque wishes he was Joey

  • sweendog

    Jan 18, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Excellent news..

  • tdt

    Jan 18, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Malbranque, whose he? lol barton is twice the player he is.

    Cant wait until our squad is full fit, this is how I’d play it:

    Jonas————————–Ben Arfa

    Subs: Krul, Williamson, Kadar, Gosling, Guthrie, Routledge, Ranger.

    Reserves: Forster, R.Taylor, Perch, Campbell, Smith, Lua Lua, Xisco, Lovenkrands, Ameobi, Best.

    Youngster…plenty coming through to atleast add to the reserves if not 1st team next season.

    We currently have one of the youngster squads in the league as well, which is a good sign for the future.

    Except Lua Lua and Forster, I wouldnt mind selling the rest of the reserves (above) in the summer and replacing them with youngsters. Our squad would then be epic. Challenging for europe next season defo, if we can stablise and push on.

  • tdt

    Jan 18, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #24

    *youngest squads in the league

  • Sav

    Jan 18, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #25

    The short initial contract ‘explains’ and justifies the fact that everyone knows JC was third or fourth choice – Pardew just doesn’t really know him and has never worked with him. But clearly his reputation has got him a probationary appointment. That seems sensible and means when he gets his extension in th summer, its not as ‘5th choice assistant’, but ‘first choice’.


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