John Carver: Crystal Palace’s Alan Pardew has backed me for the Newcastle United job

Alan Pardew

Newcastle United caretaker-manager John Carver has revealed that he has been in contact with Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has backed John Carver to become the new full-time manager of Newcastle United.

Premier League outfit Newcastle are currently looking for a full-time boss following the departure of Pardew to Palace.

Carver has been in charge of the Magpies’ last two competitive matches in a care-taking capacity, but the club are reportedly looking at other options.

A number of names have been mentioned, including former Lyon coach Remi Garde, but Pardew believes that the 49-year-old would be a good fit for the job, according to Carver himself.

“I’ve had a couple of texts from Alan and a conversation,” The Sun quotes Carver as saying. “Alan said, ‘Get your head down, you’re good enough to do the job and I trust you can do it’.”

Carver has not done well so far, but for Newcastle owner Mike Ashley he offers a cheaper solution.

Other than Garde, all the managers linked with the job at St. James’ Park are tied up, which means that it will cost Newcastle to get them.

Newcastle are safely placed in mid-table, and it is likely that they will finish in a similar position irrespective of who is in charge for the rest of the season.

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