John Carver has thanked Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley – despite being sacked from his job.
Newcastle this morning confirmed the departure of Carver and fellow coach Steve Stone.
The pair have been axed after their role in the Magpies’ slide down the table in the second half of last season, when Carver stepped up to the head coach role after working as Alan Pardew’s No 2.
Newcastle are expected to have to pay out £1.5m in compensation for the duo, who still had five years left on their contracts, with new incoming boss Steve McClaren believed to want his own backroom staff in place.
And Carver said he was ‘grateful’ to Ashley and managing director for their support, despite being relieved of his duties.
Carver said: “It has been a privilege to serve as head coach of this great football club.
It has been a privilege to serve as head coach of this great football club.John Carver
“The fans and the region deserve a successful team and both myself and my support staff worked very hard with the squad that was available to us.
“I would like to thank all of the staff at the club for their dedication, including Steve Stone in particular. I am also grateful to the owner and to Lee Charnley for their support during my tenure.
“I wish the club every success for the future and steeled with the experience of the last six months, I am eager and ready for the next challenge.”
McClaren is expected to be announced as United’s new head coach later today.