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John Carver appointed Newcastle coach until end of season

Newcastle United have announced the appointment of John Carver as permanent boss until the end of the season. Carver, who has been in temporary charge since Alan Pardew left to take the Crystal Palace manager’s job is delighted with his new role.

“This is a proud day for me,” Carver said.

“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.”

The club currently lie in 11th place in the Premier League, and are 20/1 with Coral to finish in the top six this season. However, managing director Lee Charnley has said they have postponed the search for a long term manager until the summer and that Carver has the club’s backing.

“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,” said Charnley.

“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 10 finish remains unchanged and we are confident that John, supported by the backroom staff, will be able to deliver this.”

The Magpies are 11/8 to achieve their aim of a top 10 finish, but whether Carver will be allowed to enter the transfer market to strengthen the club’s aim remains to be seen.

Carver should see this as an opportunity to impress, and with the club just 10 points off a top six spot, if they can achieve as high as seventh and the team are playing well under him, Mike Ashley may decide to keep him on a permanent basis.

Roberto Di Matteo famously took over the Chelsea job when Andre Villas-Boas was dismissed and went onto win the Champions League and the FA Cup, prompting Roman Abramovich to offer the Italian a contract. However, the only thing Carver can do, is help the club to finish as high as possible in the Premier League, and hope that Ashley sees his potential.