John Carver was reported yesterday to be a front runner for the Gateshead vacancy, after manager Neil Aspin left for Port Vale.

However, reports from north of the border on Thursday morning suggest the former Newcastle Head Coach and Pardew assistant, is still aiming higher than the National League.

Kilmarnock are looking for their eighth manager in eight years after Lee McCulloch left on Sunday, following a 2-0 home defeat to Ross County. The Scottish Premier League club having failed to win any of their eight league matches and currently are rock bottom of the table.

The likes of Jim McIntyre, Jorge Costa, Gary Holt, Paul Hartley, and Mixu Paataleinen, have already been linked with the job, but now the Daily Record report that they understand John Carver has been in touch with Kilmarnock to register his interest in the vacancy.

Kilmarnock ended last season a comfortable eighth, which meant fifth bottom of the 12 club Scottish top tier, the club having had to deal with former Newcastle midfielder Lee Clark jumping ship mid-season to take the manager’s role at Bury.

Clark had taken Freddie Woodman, Callum Roberts, and Sean Longstaff, on loan last season, and by the sounds of it they could have done with their help this time around.

John Carver has been out of work (barring media appearances) since Cypriot club Omonia sacked him in February and interesting to see where, if anywhere, he ends up next.

He has already turned down the Gateshead job once, having been approached 10 years ago:

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.”