John Carver favourite to become next Newcastle United FC manager

Carver now 5/2 to replace Alan Pardew as he takes charge of the Magpies

John Carver favourite to become next Newcastle United FC manager

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January 1st, 2015

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Alan Pardew has stepped down from his role at St James’ Park as he looks to join Crystal Palace over the coming days, although it could be that Newcastle United look for some continuity with their managerial appointment.

John Carver was Pardew’s number two and will take caretaker charge of Newcastle for their New Year’s Day clash against Burnley, with the Geordie hoping that he’s given the gig on a permanent basis.

Owner Mike Ashley doesn’t appear to be in a hurry to appoint an immediate successor to Pardew, with Carver now the 5/2 favourite to take charge after Tony Pulis was unveiled as the new West Brom manager.

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.”

He said: “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.”

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