ALAN Pardew last night backed John Carver for the Newcastle United job on a full-time basis.
Carver was appointed as Pardew’s successor at St James’s Park – but only until the end of the season.
And the pair were reunited at Selhurst Park last night, where Newcastle drew 1-1 with Pardew’s Crystal Palace.
Carver served Pardew as assistant – a role he also performed during Sir Bobby Robson’s tenure – and Pardew feels he has the capability to manage in the top flight.
“I think John has got the credentials to be a Premier League manager,” said Pardew.
“I look at other Premier League managers, and see no difference in the qualities that John possesses.
“I wish him all the best. I love him as a guy and as a colleague and as a friend and that will never change. I think he has conducted himself superbly so far.”
Newcastle are now unbeaten since Carver, initially put in temporary charge, was told he would be head coach until the end of the season, when a decision on a permanent successor will be made.
Carver said: “I am three games unbeaten now from the games I have had in charge since I was told I was head coach until the end of the season.”
The Magpie fans, however, were frustrated at Carver’s decision to bring defender Paul Dummett on rather than an attacker late in the game.
Carver insisted the decision was made to stop Yannick Bolasie, who set up Fraizer Campbell’s equaliser.
“I bring Dummett on because I know Bolasie because I worked with him every single day at Plymouth,” said Carver.
“He is a talent. You saw with his first touch, how he shifted the ball in the box and they scored from it.
“I was concerned he would do that again. Sometimes you have to take off a flair player and that’s why I brought Dummett on, I wanted to nullify it.”