Alan Pardew reveals why he took '˜brilliant' John Carver with him to West Brom
The former Newcastle United manager was today appointed as Tony Pulis’ successor at The Hawthorns.
And Pardew has taken Carver, his assistant at St James’s Park, with him to the Premier League club.
Carver – who also assisted Sir Bobby Robson during his time as United manager – had a spell at Cypriot club Omonia after leaving Newcastle two years ago.
“In his managerial experience at Newcastle, John Carver understood what it’s like as a manager,” said Pardew.
“We both coach. We can bring good experience and good game plans to this group.
“John has a manner around the training ground that I and the players respect.
“John’s been a brilliant assistant manager. He has a good understanding of the pressures I will come under.”
Pardew’s last managerial job was at Crystal Palace.
The 56-year-old was sacked from his post in December last year. Pardew has been tasked with keeping West Brom in the Premier League.
“Experience is important,” said Pardew. “I average 1.3 points per game. We have a history of delivering. I took Palace from relegation to 10th. These things have to be taken into account.”
“It’s so difficult in the Premier League to win the league or win trophies because of the finances of the top clubs.
“You have to have those ambitions as difficult as it is though. One day I’d like to win a trophy.
“The immediate target is to halt this run, get some points on the board and to try to put ourselves in a position where we can attack the top 10 if possible.”
Meanwhile, Tom Heardman scored four goals for Newcastle’s Under-23s in their 6-3 win over Swansea City this afternoon.
Jack Colback and Callum Roberts were also on target for Peter Beardsley’s side in the Premier League Cup tie, which was staged at the club’s Academy.