Pre­mier League’s New­cas­tle United con­firm de­par­ture of John Carver

The China Post - - SPORTS -

New­cas­tle United on Wed­nes­day con­firmed Bri­tish me­dia re­ports that manager John Carver and his as­sis­tant Steve Stone have left the Pre­mier League club.

Carver, 50, was pro­moted from his role as as­sis­tant when manager Alan Pardew left New­cas­tle for Crys­tal Palace in Jan­uary, but a slump in form saw the club avoid rel­e­ga­tion to the Cham­pi­onship by only a whisker.

“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,” man­ag­ing direc­tor Lee Charn­ley said in a state­ment on the club web­site, con­firm­ing re­ports that had emerged on Tues­day.

New­cas­tle are ex­pected to ap­point the for­mer Eng­land manager Steve McLaren as the per­ma­nent suc­ces­sor to Pardew this week.

McLaren, who re­port­edly turned down a chance to suc­ceed Pardew in Jan­uary, was sacked by Derby County last month af­ter the club failed to qual­ify for the Cham­pi­onship play-offs.

Carver had hoped to be given the New­cas­tle job on a per­ma­nent ba­sis, but ended up pay- ing the price for a re­turn of just three vic­to­ries from 19 league games.

How­ever, Charn­ley said that Carver could not have done any more dur­ing his stint in the dug-out, adding: “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. John has al­ways put the club first and the re­cent dis­cus­sions we had only re-af­firmed 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.”

Carver said it had been a “priv­i­lege” to serve the 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,” he said.

“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 (Mike Ash­ley) 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.”

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