Newcastle role dream job for Carver


Published: Wednesday 31st December 2014 by The News Editor

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John Carver has admitted he has ambitions to manage in his own right once again after being handed the Newcastle reins, as Alan Pardew prepares to leave for Crystal Palace.

Pardew’s assistant has been placed in temporary charge of the team amid speculation he could be installed on a longer-term basis, either until the end of the season or as a permanent replacement.

The 49-year-old insisted as he met the media on Wednesday afternoon that he had not thought any further ahead than the Barclays Premier League clash with Burnley on New Year’s Day and Sunday’s FA Cup third round trip to Leicester.

However, having cut his teeth as a manager in his own right with Toronto in the MLS, either side of number two roles with Plymouth, Leeds, Sheffield United and the Magpies, he is keen to return to the front line.

Carver, who will be assisted by first-team coach Steve Stone and football development manager Peter Beardsley, said: “I think you always have those ambitions, don’t you? But you’ve got to wait for the right opportunity. Now the manager looks like going, what’s my situation? Only time will tell.

“My head’s going 100 miles an hour here, as you can imagine. I think that every coach who goes into football wants to be a manager, and there will be a day when I want to be a manager again, there’s no doubt about that.”

Owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley are currently considering their options while they await confirmation of Pardew’s departure, although sources on Tyneside have already ruled out the likes of Tony Pulis, Steve Bruce, Tim Sherwood, Nigel Worthington and skipper Fabricio Coloccini.

Carver added: “I have not read a newspaper or seen anything on the TV, and I am being serious about that because you don’t get a chance. When you are in this situation, you have got to do things quickly, you have got to put all your energy into getting a result against Burnley, and that’s all I have done.”

However, asked further if it was his dream job, Carver replied: “Of course it is. I’m a local lad and it’s a dream job for anybody, but the manager’s still the manager at the moment.”

Striker Papiss Cisse is banned after he accepted a Football Association charge of violent conduct.

Meanwhile, Burnley boss Sean Dyche has hailed the record of Pardew ahead of his side’s trip.

Although most home fans seem happy to see the back of Pardew, Dyche believes the job he did in his four years in charge of the club should not be under-estimated.

Dyche said: “He (Pardew) had a tough start with big question marks early in the season but he handled it very well.

“He seemed calm and considered with his views at the time and he came through it with a fantastic run of results. He has had ups and downs like all managers, but I think overall he will be deemed to have done a very good job.”

Burnley’s own prospects of starting 2015 in style look significantly brighter after an improved run of results culminating in their fight back from two goals down to grab a point at Manchester City on Sunday.

And Dyche is convinced the quality of his side’s performance – as well as the point – will give them great motivation to step up their fight for top-flight survival.

Dyche said: “The benefit is really for the team and the belief in how we operate. If you operate like that in the home of the champions, it is a good sign of what we are trying to achieve.

“We haven’t got massive depth of experience at this level so it is a case of learning as we go, and now we’ve won some games and put some points on the board and we’ve got a thirst for more.”

Dyche has been bolstered by the recent form of striker Ashley Barnes, who netted the late equaliser at City to take his recent tally to three goals in his last four games.

The Clarets boss added: “He has had to wait his turn – at the start of the season I told him he was in the thinking and he has had to be patient.

“When his chance has come he’s gripped hold of it and delivered good performances as well as the goals. He’s put in a string of very good performances.”

Dyche is not short of attacking options for the trip to the north-east with Sam Vokes in the running for a recall after being rested for the Etihad Stadium clash.

Matthew Gilks is expected to pass a late fitness test after a bout of flu but Matt Taylor (Achilles), Michael Duff (calf) and Stephen Ward (ankle) are all still ruled out.

Published: Wednesday 31st December 2014 by The News Editor

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