Newcastle United have released an official club statement early on Wednesday morning regarding Steve Stone and John Carver.

Claims appeared yesterday afternoon that the pair had been sacked by the club.

The Telegraph broke the story and then Sky Sports confirmed it, with the rest of the media following on.

However, yesterday brought no reaction from Newcastle United but the club have now confirmed that the pair are leaving NUFC with immediate effect.

Newcastle United official club statement


Newcastle United today announced that John Carver and Steve Stone will leave the club with immediate effect.

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 in the future.”

John Carver said:

“It has been a privilege to serve as Head Coach of this great football club.

“The fans and the region deserve a successful team and both myself and my support staff worked very hard with the squad that was available to us.

“I would like to thank all of the staff at the club for their dedication, including Steve Stone in particular. I am also grateful to the owner and to Lee Charnley for their support during my tenure.

“I wish the Club every success for the future and steeled with the experience of the last six months, I am eager and ready for the next challenge.”

On Steve Stone, Lee Charnley said:

“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.