Forward planning drives Newcastle United coach Carver

UNDER-FIRE ... John Carver.
UNDER-FIRE ... John Carver.
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JOHN Carver is planning for the long haul at Newcastle United – and has already held discussions over the Magpies’ pre-season plans, writes DANIEL PRINCE.

Carver was appointed as head coach until the end of the season last month, and has since made it clear how much he wants the job on a more long-term basis.

He has won just once since taking over from Alan Pardew, though, and the Tynesiders are now four points adrift of the top 10, their target this season.

They take on relegation-threatened Aston Villa today, with Tim Sherwood taking charge of the visitors for just the second time.

Last season, Sherwood was in the Tottenham hot seat, having taken over mid-season, and at the time, he said he felt like a ‘supply teacher’ due to the perception another manager would replace him in the summer.

However, Carver insists he is not thinking along similar lines, and is instead planning with a long-term mindset.

When asked if he thinks long-term, Carver said: “Of course I do, of course I do. Just now I’m getting ready for (pre-season). So I’m not a supply teacher. I’ve always thought long-term, long-term, long-term.

“And the conversations I’ve had (with hierarchy) have always been long-term, long-term.

“We’ve had a session on pre-season dates, dates for returning, as obviously it’s a shorter summer break this year.

“And venues, we haven’t decided where we’re going, but we’re talking about different options.

“I think the whole process in football – and this is my opinion – is thinking long-term. I could have a contract as head coach for three years and be thinking long-term, but that could change.”