Local lad and still top goal-scorer, Andy Carroll - he has one more goal than his best mate Kevin Nolan, has talked about being delighted that Geordie John Carver has again been appointed Newcastle Assistant Manager.
John Carver – back home training the lads yesterday
Andy is out of the game against Spurs at home on Saturday, because of his rather troublesome thigh injury, and that’s really unfortunate for the side, because the 22 year-old is so good these days.
But he remembers John from the time John took over the Newcastle Youth Academy shortly after Graeme Souness took over as Newcastle manager in September of 2004, and that was a few weeks after Sir Bobby Robson was sacked.
Andy would have been 15 years old at the time, and he talked the official Newcastle United web-site today:
“It’s good to see him back. I played under him at the Academy and he was a good coach then, so I’m really pleased that he’s back.”
“When I worked with him I was young, and that’s when you learn the most. So I learned a lot from him because I was still learning my trade.”
“He was always very good with me and I’m grateful for the part he’s played in where I am now.”
“He’s from round here and knows what the club is all about and, from a personal point of view, he knows what I’m all about. He’s a great lad and I consider him a great friend, really.”
Since John left the club, in 2005, he’s been around a bit, but that’s all good experience for what he can now bring to the famous Newcastle club.
John’s appointment is initially short term and will last for six months, but we hope once Alan and John prove they can work well together, that contract will be extended long term, and maybe will be extended through the time Alan is contracted to the club – the summer of 2016.
That will certainly help bring some stability to the Newcastle club – which is badly needed – and we have to hope that owner Mike Ashley doesn’t keep sacking the managers.