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!!