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John Carver named Newcastle assistant manager

John Carver
Carver spent two years at Newcastle as a player

Newcastle United have appointed John Carver as assistant to manager Alan Pardew until the end of the season.

The 46-year-old was formerly assistant boss under Sir Bobby Robson and took temporary charge of the club when Robson was sacked in 2004.

Newcastle-born Carver said: "I have always been a fan of this magnificent club and the years I spent working here were some of the happiest of my life.

"I am proud and honoured to be able to come back again to my home town club."

Carver recently had a spell as caretaker boss of Sheffield United when Gary Speed left Bramall Lane to become manager of the Wales national team, but ended his association with the Championship side when Micky Adams was appointed to succeed Speed on 30 December.

"I'm delighted to be bringing John on board. He has an excellent track record as a coach and of course knows this club very well," said Pardew.

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"It's a short-term deal at the moment in order that I can get to know John better and it gives us both the chance to see how the next four months pan out working together."

During his career, Carver also had a spell as assistant manager at Plymouth Argyle and worked as head coach of Toronto FC in Major League Soccer.

"I am looking forward to working with Alan Pardew and building on the recent strides that the club has taken to get back where we belong, at the top of English football," Carver added.

Carver's appointment came two weeks after Bradford City manager Peter Taylor announced he had turned down an approach from Pardew to be his assistant.



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