JOHN Carver has promoted youth coach Dave Watson to work alongside him with Newcastle United’s first team as he looks to find a winning formula.
Carver, handed the reins until the summer, plans to spend as much time on the training ground as he did as former boss Alan Pardew’s assistant – though he will hand extra responsibility to coaches Steve Stone and Watson.
Ex-Everton defender Watson steps up from working with Newcastle’s Under-18s, while Peter Beardsley – who was on the bench with Carver for his first couple of games in caretaker charge – is set to continue his role with the U21s.
Carver said: “I love being on the training pitch and the role of the head coach is to be hands-on.
“When you are a manager you have to manage the football club, but the role has changed and it gives me maximum time on the training ground, coaching the players.
“What I have done is given Steve (Stone) and Dave (Watson) more responsibility because they are very good at what they do, and it is important that you delegate to those who are talented.
“But when it comes to the meat of the session, it is my responsibility to prepare the team for the final 16 games. The players have been really positive and have responded.
“Even though we haven’t won a game yet, we’ve played some nice stuff in spells. Ultimately though, it is about scoring goals and winning games so that needs to change.
“We’ve done plenty of work on that on the training pitch and hopefully that little bit of luck we need will fall our way this weekend.”
The Magpies travel to Hull City on Saturday.
Newcastle sit 11th in the Premier League table, and managing director Lee Charnley has already set the target of a top 10 finish.
And Carver insists he and his players are professional enough to not let their season “drift away”.
“I’m delighted to have got the job until the end of the season,” added Carver. “My goals are simple – to finish as high as we can in the Premier League and get as many points as we can. Everybody on the outside is talking about our season petering away, but I am not going to allow that to happen.
“I’m too demanding and I won’t allow anyone to slacken off between now and the end of May.”