John Carver has more experience in football management than people realize, and he was Bobby Robson’s right hand man when Bobby was managing the club from 1999-2004, and after he had failed to persuade his former assistant Jose Mourinho to join him as his assistant in September, 1999 – John was kept on as the assistant manager, and in Bobby’s reign he did very well.
John Carver – has experience in football management
John will take over the duties on the touchline for the next seven games after Alan Pardew’s seven game ban, and he becomes an important figure for Newcastle United.
In the first season under Bobby we climbed the league table and survived relegation, after being second bottom of the league after seven games when Robson and Carver took over – and in Bobby’s first home game at St. James’ Park we beat the bottom club Sheffield Wednesday 8-0 with 5 goals coming from the great Alan Shearer..
And in the last three seasons from 2002-2004 we finished 4th, 3rd and 5th in the Premier League, and qualified for the Champions League twice.
In May of 2004 we were in the semi-finals of the Europa League – then called the UEFA Cup – and we were beaten 2-0 on aggregate in the two legs, with those two goals coming from a younger Didier Drogba in the return leg in France.
Steve Harper was the Newcastle back up goalkeeper to Shay Given during Bobby’s reign as Newcastle manager and he knows John Carver well:
“John’s very experienced having done it all before and I’m sure he will be well briefed.” “John obviously knows the club inside-out and whether as a full-time manager or caretaker, he understands what to do in that role too.”
“Now it’s time for Newcastle to look forward. I hope it goes well this weekend [away at Fulham], both with my Newcastle and Hull caps on.” “Alan’s punishment is about par, I think it could have been a little bit worse.”
John left Newcastle to be assistant manager at Leeds in 2006, and was the manager at Toronto in the MSL from 2008 to 2009 for fifteen months, before joining Plymouth Argyle as assistant manager.
He joined Gary Speed as his assistant manager at Sheffield United in 2010, before finally joining Alan Pardew in March of 2011 for his second management spell at his home town club.
So Newcastle are in fairly experienced hands, when John takes over the touchline duties at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
And Pardew’s punishment could still be appealed by the FA, who will review the findings of their three-man commission tomorrow, when they receive the full written report, and decide at that time whether they should appeal what they feel is a lenient punishment.