JOHN Carver believes he has finally got his feet under the table at Newcastle United – a month after Alan Pardew’s departure, writes MILES STARFORTH.
Carver was this week named as the Magpies’ head coach until the end of the season, but he does NOT see himself as a caretaker.
Asked if he considering himself a caretaker or head coach, Carver said: “Head coach – 100 per cent.
“I’ll tell you why, because I parked in the head coach’s parking spot and I’m in the manager’s office.
“I’ve actually been in the office, more or less from the start of this process, but I never sat in the manager’s seat.
“I kept out of it on purpose, but once it became official, I plonked myself straight on it.”
Carver still harbours ambitions of succeeding Pardew on a full-time basis, but, for the moment, he was not looking beyond today’s televised match at Hull.
And he believes the end of the uncertainty will help him focus his players on the task in hand.
“It was relief first, because, I was a little bit frustrated – and you could tell,” said Carver.
“But when he (managing director Lee Charnley) actually said it to me, the relief was ‘thank goodness, because now the players can really get focused’.
“The one thing I will say is, I will give this every single ounce of my energy that i have got.
“Come the end of the season if it doesn’t come off, at least I’ll be able to sit here and say ‘I gave it my best shot – I had a go’.”
Meanwhile Carver says he has not spoken to Newcastle owner Mike Ashley – and is happy to stay incommunicado.
The 50-year-old is happy to deal with Charnley, with whom he feels there is “good dialogue” over football issues.
“There is no need for me to have a conversation with Mike, because Mike entrusted in Lee to make the conversation,” he said.
“What I have had is more conversations with Lee Charnley than I have with any of my family.
“He is on the phone every minute of the day talking about other types of issues. There is a good dialogue – good communication – and I’m happy with that.”
H Newcastle defender Remie Streete will not leave before Monday night’s transfer deadline – but the defender could yet return to Port Vale when the emergency loan window opens again.
Streete was recalled from a two-month loan at the League One club in November as he was needed as defensive cover.
H Newcastle’s Under-21 Premier League game against West Brom on Monday afternoon will now be played behind closed doors at the Tynesiders’ training ground.
Siem de Jong will step up his comeback from long-term injury in the fixture.