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Carver keen on Newcastle job

January 04, 2015 15:30:32 UK

John Carver has said he is interested in becoming Newcastle’s next permanent manager.

Carver took temporary charge at St James’ Park following Alan Pardew’s departure to Crystal Palace and was in the dugout as United were knocked out of the FA Cup, beaten away at fellow Premier League side Leicester City.

Despite that loss, Carver has now signalled his desire to take the job full-time. He said after the cup tie: “I’m going to throw my hat into the ring. I told the players but I couldn’t make it public – now I am.

“Alan has gone now, it’s been announced. At the time when all that was going on it’s difficult to say how you feel. But obviously deep down inside I want to be head coach of this football club.”

Carver was born in Newcastle and represented United at youth level before playing at senior level for Cardiff City and Gateshead.

He then pursued a career in coaching and returned to the North East, becoming assistant manager at Newcastle. He was briefly caretaker manager when Sir Bobby Robson was dismissed in 2004.

I’m going to throw my hat into the ring.

John Carver

He then left to have spells at Leeds, Luton, Toronto, Plymouth and Sheffield United before returning to the club in 2011, as assistant to Pardew.

Carver has been told to prepare the team for their visit to league leaders Chelsea on Saturday and will be assisted by Steve Stone.

United are priced at 15.00 to cause a shock at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea 1.20 and the draw 6.00. They then have games against Southampton, Hull and Stoke and Carver will hope to still be in charge by that time.

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