John Carver signs new Newcastle United contract

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JOHN Carver has committed his long-term future to Newcastle United.

Carver returned to St James’s Park last month to assist Pardew on a short-term deal running to the end of the season.

The contract allowed Pardew to get to know Carver, who assisted Sir Bobby Robson during his time in charge of Newcastle.

However, having worked with the 46-year-old for the past few weeks, Pardew has moved quickly to secure his services beyond the summer, and Carver has signed a new five and a half year deal.

“It is great to get this sorted,” said Carver. “It was right for the manager to give me a short-term deal at the time, because I didn’t know him, and a lot of the players had changed too.

”But it’s been a great month or so, and when he gave me the long-term deal I was delighted.

“I’ve been around the world over the last few years and need to settle down now, and where better than my home town club?”

Pardew and Carver have already forged a close working relationship.

And the 49-year-old – who appointed Steve Stone as his first-team coach – is confident he has the backroom team to take the club forward over the coming seasons.

Pardew added: “John returned here in January on a short-term contract to allow us to work together and get to know each other.

”It has been without doubt a huge success. I’ve really enjoyed working with John, and I am delighted he has signed a new deal to make this a long-term partnership.”