Newcastle Issue Statement

Newcastle have just issued a statement on John Carver and Steve Stone, who have left the club.

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John Carver – released by Newcastle

Here is the statement just released:

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Newcastle United have today (Wednesday, 10th June) announced that John Carver and Steve Stone will leave the Club with immediate effect.

Managing director Lee Charnley said:

“After discussions with John it was mutually agreed that in the best interests of the Club moving forward, and to enable the new head coach to build his own coaching team, we would go our separate ways.”

“John loves Newcastle United and no-one could have worked with more passion and enthusiasm than he did.” “John’s connection with the Club dates back to 1979 when he joined as an apprentice.”

“He has always put the Club first and the recent discussions we had only reaffirmed this.” “He is a man of great character and dignity and will always be welcome at Newcastle United.”

“We wish him every success in the future.”

John Carver said:

“It has been a privilege to serve as head coach of this great football club.” “The fans and the region deserve a successful team and both myself and my support staff worked very hard with the squad that was available to us.”

“I would like to thank all of the staff at the Club for their dedication, including Steve Stone in particular. I am also grateful to the owner and to Lee Charnley for their support during my tenure.”

“I wish the Club every success for the future and steeled with the experience of the last six months, I am eager and ready for the next challenge.”

On Steve Stone, Lee Charnley said:

“I would like to place on record our thanks and appreciation to Steve Stone for his contribution to the Club.” “Steve joined us as Academy coach in 2009, before being appointed reserve team assistant manager in July 2010.”

“Steve was subsequently promoted to first team coach under Alan Pardew and, latterly, John Carver, for who he provided tremendous support.”

“Like John, we wish Steve all the very best for his future career in the game.”

Andy Woodman will remain at the Club in his role as goalkeeping coach. Dave Watson, who joined the first team coaching staff after Alan Pardew’s departure, will return to his role in the Academy as under-18 coach.

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This news was widely reported yesterday with the Telegraph breaking the story.

It was reported in some outlets yesterday that both John and Steve will have the five years of their remaining contract paid up by Newcastle, but that’s very unlikely.

There would surely be some release clause in their contracts,  which say they get a year’s wages (maybe even two years) wages if they are released.

But they will not be short of money, that’s for sure.

It’s a sad end to John Carver’s Newcastle career, and he has served as assistant manager at the club for almost ten years – first of all under Sir Bobby Robson from 1999-2004, and then recently under Alan Pardew from early 2011.

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