John William Carver, hailing from Newcastle’s west end was never the most spectacular of footballers; in fact his professional career was ended aged just 20, after joining Cardiff following release from Newcastle’s youth system. He saw out his younger days playing semi-professionally across the river at Gateshead.
Carver landed the director role at Newcastle United’s School of Excellence in 1992. He worked his way up the youth system before impressing Sir Bobby Robson enough that he made him his Assistant Manager. During which time the late great SBR notably told him in 2004 shortly after his sacking:
“You do realise how big this football club is and if ever you get an opportunity, don’t be scared of it, enjoy it and take it with both hands.”
11 years down the line and that he did. He certainly isn’t scared, but enjoying it? I’m not too sure.
Following spells with Leeds, Toronto FC (manager; an unsuccessful 14 months) & Sheffield United then manager Alan Pardew brought Carver back to NUFC in 2011. Fast forward 4 years and Alan has now left and the club is in disarray. Mike Ashley in all his wisdom has chosen John of all people to save our failing season. Clearly his knowledgeable, calm, measured approach and bountiful experience of management in the most competitive league in the world was going to bode well for Newcastle United.
A Geordie? Yes. Worked under one of the greatest English managers of all time? Yes. That’s about as far as his CV goes. He must’ve forgot to mention that he only lasted 14 months in the MLS, never mind failing to possess the ability to oversee one of England’s great Premier League sides. His record speaks for itself.
NUFC (caretaker, 2004) – P1 W1 D0 L0 GD+3
Leeds (caretaker, 2006) – P5, W1 D0 L4 GD-10
Toronto (manager, 2008-09) – P40 W12 D12 L16 GD-10
Sheffield Utd (caretaker, 2010) – P3 W1 D0 L2 GD-12
After being appointed NUFC interim ‘Head Coach’ on January 1st 2015 John has overseen the worst string of results in our Premier League history – 8 consecutive defeats, our worst since 11 consecutive defeats back in 1977.
Before Carver, Pardew had held this accolade with 6 consecutive defeats – before that our worst ever run of defeats in the Premier League stood at only 4.
John Carver NUFC record (excluding caretaker role in 2004) currently stands at:
NUFC (1/1/15-9/6/15) – P20 W3 D4 L13
This equates to a measly 15% win ratio, the 2nd worst win ratio of any permanent NUFC boss since 1892 (bested only by Alan Shearer, 1 win in 8 games – 12.5%)
John and first team coach Steve Stone had their contracts terminated on the 9th June 2015 ahead of Steve McClaren’s appointment as NUFC boss ahead of the 15/16 season.