John Carver Has The Experience To Do Well At Newcastle

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 13, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #1

    What happens if carver has a bust up this weekend, he can be a loose cannon sometimes, there will be nobody in charge.

  • mindshaft

    Mar 13, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Not sure how the FA can appeal against the independent committee that they themselves set up and which had to abide by the laws they made – more likely its the Daily Mail stirring it yet again

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 13, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Yeah I’m 1st

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 13, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Average Contents, Keegan has said their shady goings on about bidding for players when they have no intention of buying. He’s a fan of the club as well, so he’s trying to make people aware as we have a right to know, as you’ve just shared too.

    Amongst the other bad decisions they are liars and con-men. It is an advertising vessel for Ashley. Pure and simple.

    Most owners would use it as an advertising vessel, but just not to the extreme as the obese one, especially when the outlay on players is ultra minimal and we have a career long under achiever like Pardew in long term charge.

    Carr has done wonders with the scraps he’s given. It patches over Pardew’s inability as a manager.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 13, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #5

    From previous, it might be because he needs something to write about and the lack of good news emitting from the club leads him to write in hope.

  • mindshaft

    Mar 13, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #6

    two days to match day – thank god for that, hopefully we’ll have something positive to talk about come 17:00 on Sat

  • Thump

    Mar 13, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #7

    That won’t happen, welsh: Nile Ranger has left the club.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 13, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #8

    We should beat Fulham they’re absolutely woeful this year, it’s going to be such an exciting end to the season in that frantic push for eighth.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 13, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #9


    He’s written loads of copy on this guy. It will be complete devastation in Ed’s household if we don’t land him.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 13, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #10


    Mikey’s bought good players. Better players than Owen, Viduka and Craig Moore.

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 13, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #11

    Owen, viduka and Moore were hardly competition

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 13, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #12

    Blackley, I like our players a lot. For me, it is Carr’s ability to find such good players though. Ashley just outlays next to nothing.

    If we had a less adequate scout, the ultra mininal outlay would be shown up further, especially when Pardew usually relies on wonder goals and long range efforts.

  • ethiotoon

    Mar 13, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #13

    thank god pardews ban speculation is over,but i think he is very lucky to get away with 7-match ban.i expected more than that.any way it’s over,now let’s talk about the matter on the pitch.i’m AP fan by the way,does stadium ban means he can’t do any phone calls to assistants?
    we got to beat fulham,i think they r poor the whole season,we r in healthier summer will be interesting interms of transfers and transitions,
    proud to be Geordi


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