Carver appointed head coach at Newcastle United until end of the season

John Carver, who has been appointed head coach until the end of the season. Picture by Frank Reid.
John Carver, who has been appointed head coach until the end of the season. Picture by Frank Reid.
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Newcastle United have confirmed John Carver as head coach until the end of the 2014/15 season.

Speculation had mounted as to who would take over first team affairs following Alan Pardew’s departure to Crystal Palace at the beginning of the month.

And now the club has confirmed that Carver will take over as head coach.

The club, who are aiming for a top ten finish, say they have deferred appointing a permanent head coach until the end of the season.

Managing director Lee Charnley said: “At the beginning of this process it was my desire and intention to appoint an individual to the position of head coach who would be available to start immediately.

“Having now explored at some length the options available to us at this time, the decision has been taken to defer the appointment of a permanent head coach until the end of the season.

“The head coach will be a long-term appointment that will play a major role in shaping the future on-field progression of Newcastle United and it is vitally important that we get the right individual.

“John has a long history with the Club and has the full support of the board. Our goal for the season of a minimum top ten finish remains unchanged and we are confident that John, supported by the backroom staff, will be able to deliver this.”

Carver said: “This is a proud day for me.

“I have worked with, and learnt from, the best manager that this football club has had in Sir Bobby Robson. I know what this Club means to this city and its people. I believe in my players and the staff I have around me.

“I am confident that we can deliver exciting successful football and look forward with relish to my role as head coach of this great football club.”