Newcastle appoint John Carver as assistant manager to Alan Pardew

• Carver was previously assistant to Sir Bobby Robson
• 'I'm delighted to be bringing John on board'

John Carver
John Carver was previously Sir Bobby Robson's assistant at Newcastle United. Photograph: John Walton/Empics Sports Photo Agency

John Carver has returned to Newcastle United as assistant manager to Alan Pardew. The 46-year-old, who fulfilled the same role when the late Sir Bobby Robson was in charge at the club, has signed a contract until the end of the season.

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

After leaving St James' Park following Robson's sacking in 2004, Carver worked under Kevin Blackwell at Leeds United and Luton Town while he also spent just over a year as manager of Major League Soccer side Toronto FC.

He returned to England in 2009 and became assistant to the then Plymouth Argyle manager Paul Mariner before moving on again to Sheffield United, who he left last month after the appointment of Micky Adams as manager.

"I am proud and honoured to be able to come back," Carver said. "I have been lucky to be able to work around the world with some excellent people. However, 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."

Carver's appointment completes Pardew's backroom team, and the Newcastle manager expects the arrangement to be extended at the end of the season. "It was crucial for me that I brought in an assistant who I knew would work well with the current coaching team we have here," said Pardew. "We've got a good solid set-up with some excellent staff and maintaining that stability is very important to me. John fitted the bill perfectly.

"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. That said, I'm very confident he'll be a great addition to our coaching staff and hopefully, if things go well, we can make it a longer-term appointment come the summer."


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