John Carver (footballer)

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John Carver
Personal information
Full name John William Carver
Date of birth (1965-01-16) 16 January 1965 (age 50)
Place of birth Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Club information
Current team
Newcastle United (head coach)
Youth career
1983–1985 Newcastle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1986 Cardiff City 13 (0)
1987–1990 Gateshead 113 (10)
Total 126 (10)
Teams managed
2004 Newcastle United (caretaker)
2006 Leeds United (caretaker)
2008–2009 Toronto FC
2010 Sheffield United (caretaker)
2011–2015 Newcastle United (assistant)
2014–2015 Newcastle United (caretaker)
2015 Newcastle United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

John William Carver (born 16 January 1965) is a former English footballer and the current interim manager of Newcastle United.


Raised in Cruddas Park, Carver attended St Cuthberts High School in the west end of Newcastle. Carver joined Montagu and North Fenham Boys Club when he was nine,[1] which led to him being signed by his hometown club, Newcastle United, when he was sixteen. He was regarded as one of the best junior footballers in the city,[citation needed] but never made his debut for Newcastle, and was released in 1985.

Carver then spent a season at Cardiff City, making thirteen appearances, but a thigh injury ended his professional career at the age of twenty.[2] Afterwards, he played semi-professional football for Gateshead from 1987 to 1990, whilst working his way up the coaching ladder in Newcastle, starting out in schools before landing the role of director at Newcastle's School of Excellence in 1992.

Coaching career[edit]

Newcastle United, Leeds United and Luton Town[edit]

Carver was the assistant manager to Bobby Robson at Newcastle United. Following Robson's sacking in August 2004, Carver was appointed caretaker manager and guided the team to a 3-0 win against Blackburn Rovers.[3][4] Carver later dedicated the win to Bobby Robson. Despite the victory, Carver was not considered for the permanent job, that position going to Graeme Souness who opted to bring in his own backroom staff; Carver left the club in September 2004.[4]

In July 2005, Leeds United appointed Carver as a first team coach, replacing the departed Adrian Boothroyd who left the club to be the new manager of Watford. He was part of the management team of Kevin Blackwell and Sam Ellis. Following the exit of Sam Ellis in May 2006, Carver was promoted to the position of assistant manager.

Carver became a caretaker manager for the second time in his career, after Leeds United fired Kevin Blackwell following a poor start to the season.[5] Carver celebrated a win in his first game in charge after beating Birmingham City 3-2. However, a series of heavy defeats under Carver's management, culminating in a 5-1 drubbing by Luton Town, led to Leeds' chairman Ken Bates opting instead to recruit the Swindon management team of Dennis Wise and Gus Poyet.[6] Carver left Leeds on 23 October 2006, with David Geddis briefly taking charge of caretaker duties.[6][7]

Kevin Blackwell subsequently became the manager of Luton Town, and he recruited Carver as his assistant, along with another ex-Leeds coach Sam Ellis. With Luton going through major financial difficulties, including the administrator's decision to sell players from under the management's feet, Carver, along with Blackwell and Ellis were sacked.

Toronto FC[edit]

On 1 February 2008, he became head coach of the Major League Soccer side Toronto FC, with previous coach, Mo Johnston, remaining as manager and Director of Soccer.[8] He was thereby reunited with an old friend from Newcastle United, since Paul Winsper had been hired in January as Strength and Conditioning Coach.[9]

In April 2009, Carver was charged $750 by MLS for openly criticising the standard of refereeing during a 3-2 loss away to FC Dallas. He was absent from the bench during a 1-0 home win over Chivas USA four days later and eventually resigned on 25 April 2009, one day before the team's home clash with Kansas City Wizards.[10]

Plymouth Argyle and Sheffield United[edit]

In December 2009, Carver was appointed assistant head coach to Paul Mariner at Plymouth Argyle. On 14 January 2010, he rejected an approach from Burnley manager Brian Laws to join the Lancashire club as a coach, stating his desire to repay the loyalty shown by Paul Mariner and the club as his reason for staying.[11]

In August 2010, Carver was appointed first team coach at Sheffield United by manager Gary Speed, who had played under Carver when he was assistant manager at Newcastle United. This appointment reunited Carver with Sam Ellis, who was assistant to Speed. Following Speed's departure from Sheffield United to become coach of the Wales national football team on 14 December, Carver was appointed as caretaker manager.[12] He left the club on 30 December 2010, when Micky Adams was appointed as manager.[13][14]

Return to Newcastle United[edit]

On 18 January 2011, Newcastle United announced that Carver would be their new assistant manager until the end of the season.[15] Manager Alan Pardew said it was only a short term deal to see how the two worked together and if he worked well with the set-up. On 25 February, he signed a new 5 12-year contract with Newcastle.[16]

On 17 March 2013, Carver was sent to the stands by the match officials at half-time during Newcastle's match at Wigan Athletic. This was due to his reaction towards Wigan player Callum McManaman following a high tackle on Newcastle's defender Massadio Haïdara, which saw Haïdara have to be stretchered off and McManaman escape any punishment.[17] Carver was fined £1,000 and warned as to his future conduct as a result.

Following Pardew's interest in the Crystal Palace job, Carver, along with Steve Stone, was put in temporary charge for Newcastle's next two matches against Burnley in the Premier League and Leicester City in an FA Cup defeat.[18] On 26 January 2015 it was confirmed that Carver had been appointed temporary head coach until the end of the 2014–15 season.[19] Five days after Carver was named the temporary head coach until the end of the season, Carver won his first match on 31 January, against Hull City.[20] He has since overseen a run of eight successive league defeats to 2 May 2015. This is a club record for Newcastle in the Premier League. Despite such heavy losses, Carver still believed that he was "the best coach in the Premier League",[21] though he later claimed that his words were taken out of context by the media after receiving widespread hilarity for his statement.[22]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 16 May 2015
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Newcastle United 30 August 2004[3][4] 12 September 2004[4] 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 100.000
Leeds United 21 September 2006[5] 23 October 2006[6] 5 1 0 4 7 17 -10 20.00
Toronto FC 1 February 2008[8] 25 April 2009[10] 40 12 12 16 46 56 -10 30.00
Sheffield United 14 December 2010[12] 30 December 2010[13] 3 1 0 2 5 7 -2 33.33
Newcastle United 1 January 2015[19] 25 May 2015[19] 19 2 4 13 16 36 -20 10.53
Total 67 17 15 35 76 115 -39 25.37


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  1. ^ "Carver: 'I Owe Boys Club Everything'". Newcastle United. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Hope, Craig (31 December 2014). "John Carver will take charge of Newcastle United while Mike Ashley looks to replace Alan Pardew as manager...but who is he?". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Newcastle force Robson out". BBC Sport. 30 August 2004. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Carver leaves Newcastle". BBC Sport. 12 September 2004. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Carver takes Leeds caretaker role". BBC Sport. 21 September 2006. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "Wise takes over as Leeds manager". BBC Sport. 24 October 2006. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Leeds 1-3 Southend". BBC Sport.  Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Toronto FC make coaching change". CBC. 1 February 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Beckham's fitness guru lands with Toronto MLS club". 1 January 2008. Retrieved 3 August 2008. [dead link]
  10. ^ a b Molinaro, John F (25 April 2009). "John Carver out as Toronto FC coach". CBC. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Carver rejects Burnley job offer". BBC Sport. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  12. ^ a b "Gary Speed plans Craig Bellamy Wales captaincy talks". BBC Sport. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Micky Adams confirmed as Sheffield United manager". BBC Sport. 30 December 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  14. ^ "Micky Adams appointed Sheffield United manager after leaving Port Vale". The Guardian (London). 30 December 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  15. ^ "Carver back at Newcastle". Sky Sports. 
  16. ^ Spellman, Damian (25 February 2011). "Newcastle assistant John Carver signs new contract". The Independent (London). 
  17. ^ "Massadio Haidara: Newcastle United fear knee ligament damage". BBC Sport. 17 March 2013. 
  18. ^ "Alan Pardew: John Carver & Steve Stone take temporary charge". BBC Sport. 30 December 2014. 
  19. ^ a b c "Newcastle United: John Carver to stay in charge until end of season". BBC Sport. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  20. ^ "Hull City vs Newcastle". Soccerway. 31 January 2015. 
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