John Carver a front runner for Gateshead job
Interesting reports on Wednesday morning that John Carver is in the frame for the Gateshead job.
Neil Aspin has joined Port Vale as manager today, returning to the club where he spent many years as a player.
Gateshead had a goalless draw at AFC Fylde last night with Neil Aspin absent, the result leaves the Tynesiders in 15th position in the National League, though only eight points off Macclesfield who are the early leaders.
The Chronicle have named both John Carver and Richard Money as front runners for the Gateshead job, Money left his role as Academy Director at Norwich in August, a position he also once held at Newcastle United back in 2008.
As for John Carver, he was sacked by Cypriot club Omonia eight months ago and has been making regular appearances in the media as he looks for his next job.
Carver was actually approached for the Gateshead job over 10 years ago.
He left Newcastle in 2004 after Sir Bobby Robson was sacked and Graeme Souness brought in his own coaching staff. John Carver ending up at Leeds United as assistant to Kevin Blackwell.
Whilst out of work, Gateshead admitted in March 2007 that they had been turned down after an approach.
The Chronicle – March 2007:
Gateshead have had a tentative bid to lure former Newcastle United coach John Carver back to the International Stadium turned down.
Carver was a member of the Gateshead squad that won promotion to the Conference in 1986 when he was a team-mate of Tynesiders chief executive Derek Bell.
The Geordie, who was briefly caretaker manager at both Newcastle and Leeds United, is currently out of the game, but feels he has bigger fish to fry.
Gateshead chairman Graham Wood said: “We tentatively sounded Carver out as he’s a friend of Derek Bell and a former Gateshead player, but he’s looking for something bigger in the professional game.”
John Carver was then reunited with Kevin Blackwell when the pair took charge of Luton Town, then when that went sour, the former Gateshead player became manager of Toronto in the MLS.
Jobs as an assistant at Sheffield United and Plymouth followed, before Carver eventually turned up again at Newcastle United, working with Alan Pardew.
Needless to say, it would be interesting for Newcastle fans to see how John Carver would get on at Gateshead and whether 10 years later he now fancies the post if offered.
Interested to hear what any Gateshead supporters out there think of the idea?
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