A very good interview in the Evening Chronicle today with local lad John Carver, who of course was famously Bobby Robson’s assistant from 1999-2004.
John Carver – Newcastle Assistant manager – again
And in those later years, Newcastle were one of the top sides in England, finishing 4th, 3rd and 5th (2002, 2003 and 2004) in the PL In successive seasons – and then Bobby was fired.
But it seems John was anxious to return to the Newcastle club, and he explained how it all happened so quickly a couple of weeks ago.
He told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I was on cloud nine once I’d signed up for the season and I still am at the moment.” “You can only wish that you come back to the club you started off at.”
“But the longer it was going on in my career, the less it seemed it would happen.” “There have been one or two situations when it might have happened in the past, and it came quite close without developing.
”On this occasion it did.” “And once I’d had the chat with Alan Pardew, I knew it was going to happen. Thankfully, it did.”
“When I got the first call from Newcastle secretary Lee Charnley I’d just arrived back from Tenerife.”
“It was a huge surprise, but when his name popped up on the screen my mind started racing.” “There had been a lot of rumors going around, but I can honestly say there had been no contact before then.”
“The rumors were there because I’d just left Sheffield United, but when the phone rang and Lee said ‘will you come and meet the manager?’. “I drove up to Slaley Hall to meet Alan, had a meeting and then discussed the contract with Lee.”
“I then got in the car and headed straight down to Sheffield and spent Saturday watching the results come through, not even being able to tell the family what had been going on.”
“It got to Monday and my priority was to sort everything out in Sheffield.” “It was all done and dusted by the Monday evening.” “I was quickly in the car and back up for training on the Tuesday.”
What we all want to see next is for the deal with John to be extended, maybe to the five years Alan is currently contracted to the club.
And no doubt John and Alan are getting to know each other better at their mini-retreat in Portugal this week, and of course it’s also an excellent time to firm up the great team spirit that now exists on Tyneside.
Newcastle have now put the coaching staff in place for the future, and will sign the top players at Newcastle to extended deals, and once that is completed, we probably only need another three or four top signings, and the squad should be very strong.
We are hoping that two of those signings are made before the January transfer window closes next Monday, but the core of the side – Coloccini, Enrique, Taylor (S), Tiote, Barton, Nolan and Carroll are already on Tyneside.