John Carver: I want to manage Newcastle AGAIN!

Steve Stone and John Carver
Steve Stone and John Carver

John Carver says he’d love another crack at managing Newcastle United – despite the acrimony of his brief spell in charge.

Carver, handed the head coach job on an interim basis after Alan Pardew’s departure at the turn of the year, was sacked at the end of last season by the club.

I’m a winner – I’m not a quitter. Why can’t, in the future, I go away, be successful and return to Newcastle as manager under different circumstances?

John Carver

Newcastle had fought a relegation battle in the latter months of the campaign.

United eventually stayed up, but Carver and his assistant Steve Stone were dismissed ahead of Steve McClaren’s arrival.

Carver – who watched Newcastle’s 2-2 draw against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane yesterday – is now looking for another job in management.

“I’ve got a point to prove, to myself and to the fans of Newcastle,” said Carver. “Not all of them, because the majority have been very, very good, but to the people who were critical.

“I’m a winner – I’m not a quitter. Why can’t, in the future, I go away, be successful and return to Newcastle as manager under different circumstances?

“I’ve been back to the football club a few times and it would be a great story to do so again.”

Carver, previously No 2 to Pardew, also revealed he sought the help of a psychologist after accusing United defender Mike Williamson of deliberately getting sent off in the club’s 3-0 defeat to Leicester City in May.

“I had good people around me, but I felt like I needed something different,” said the 50-year-old.

“We had a number of conversations which will not be repeated, and I will never tell anybody who it was, but it put me in this positive frame of mind about how we could achieve the goal.”

On the accusation levelled at defender Williamson, he told The Daily Telegraph: “Do you know what? Ninety-nine per cent of managers would love to do it. It was for a reaction.

“I wouldn’t have done it, but I needed a reaction, I needed something to stimulate the group of players.

“I embarrassed Mike Williamson and I embarrassed myself, but I still believe I did it for the right reasons and I embarrassed him into performing the next time he played.

“I apologised to Mike for going public. I had to go and find him to go through it.”