John Carver: I could have stayed at Newcastle but I decided to leave

Steve Stone anad John Carver
Steve Stone anad John Carver

Former Newcastle United boss John Carver says it was his decision to leave the club at the end of the season.

Carver, and coach Steve Stone, left the Magpies after their spell in charge almost ended in the club being relegated.

The duo still had five yeasr left on their contracts, and Carver says he could have stayed, despite the imminent appointment of Steve McClaren as the new head coach.

However, he claims he had a conversation with managing director Lee Charnley in which they both agreed it was best to move on.

Carver said: “I think there was an opportunity for me to stay at the club but I thought it was best for everybody, and for myself in particular, to move on because if I had have hung around and we had got off to a bad start then the finger would have again been pointed at myself.

“So I sat down and had a real sensible conversation with Lee Charnley and it was amicable and we both decided it was best for the football club for me to move on and for the club to appoint somebody new.”

Despite the poor run of results under Carver’s tensure, he insists he has no regrets.

“If I had the opportunity again I’d do exactly the same again and go for it,” he told Goals on Sunday, where he appeared alongside Stone.

“I am a fan but I’ve also got the qualifications to do it as well. I’ve got plenty experience in the job worked with many top managers.

“I thought I could do the job and I think under different circumstances we could have done that.

“I’ve got no regrets, we threw everything into it.”