Newcastle confirms sacking of ‘man of dignity’ John Carver and coach Steve Stone

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Newcastle United have confirmed the sacking of John Carver and Steve Stone.

The coaching duo were axed yesterday as part of a clear-out of staff ahead of today’s expected appointment of Steve McClaren as manager.

Managing Director Lee Charnley said: “After discussions with John it was mutually agreed that in the best interests of the club moving forward, and to enable the new Head Coach to build his own coaching team, we would go our separate ways.

“John loves Newcastle United and no one could have worked with more passion and enthusiasm than he did.

“John’s connection with the club dates back to 1979 when he joined as an apprentice.

“John has always put the club first and the recent discussions we had only re-affirmed this. He is a man of great character and dignity and will always be welcome at Newcastle United.

“We wish him every success. I would like to place on record our thanks and appreciation to Steve Stone for his contribution to the club.

“Steve joined us as Academy Coach in 2009, before being appointed Reserve Team Assistant Manager in July 2010.

“Steve was subsequently promoted to First Team Coach under Alan Pardew and latterly, John Carver, for whom he provided tremendous support.

“Like John, we wish Steve all the very best for his future career in the game.”

Andy Woodman will remain at the club in his role as Goalkeeper Coach.

Dave Watson, who joined the first team coaching staff after Alan Pardew’s departure, will return to his role in the Academy as Under 18 Coach.