John carves himself a niche back home

John Carver, three-match caretaker manager at Sheffield United, has returned to Newcastle as assistant manager to Alan Pardew.

The 46-year-old, who fulfilled the same role when the late Sir Bobby Robson was in charge of the Magpies, has signed a contract until the end of the season.

Pardew said: "I'm delighted to be bringing John on board. He has an excellent track record as a coach and of course knows this club very well."

After leaving St James' Park following Robson's sacking in 2004, Carver worked under Kevin Blackwell at Leeds and Luton while he also spent just over a year as manager of Major League Soccer side Toronto FC.

He returned to England in 2009 and became assistant to Plymouth boss Paul Mariner before moving on again to Sheffield United, who he left last month after the Blades appointed Micky Adams as manager.

Carver said: "I am proud and honoured to be able to come back once again to my home-town club.

"I have been lucky to be able to work around the world with some excellent people.

"However, I've always been a fan of this magnificent club and the years I spent working here were some of the happiest of my life.

"I'm looking forward to building on the recent strides that the club has taken to get back to where we belong, at the top of English football."

Yesterday's news means Carver is now out of the frame to be part of the Wales coaching team under Gary Speed, with whom he worked at Sheffield United and briefly took over from.

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