Newcastle United’s John Carver reveals Sir Bobby Robson’s advice

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John Carver won his first game in charge of Newcastle United on Saturday as Hull City went down 3-0 at the KC Stadium in the Premier League.

Newcastle United manager John Carver has revealed to BBC Sport the advice he was given by Sir Bobby Robson.

Carver won his first game as the Newcastle full-time manager on Saturday, when the Magpies defeated Hull City 3-0 away from home in the Premier League.

The 50-year-old was handed the job on a full-time basis only last week and will remain in charge of the first team until the end of the season.

Carver, who was born and bred in Newcastle, has been at the club as an assistant since January 2011, and he is delighted to have stepped up.

The Englishman has also spoken of some sound advice given to him by former Newcastle manager Robson and told BBC Sport: "It was very emotional at the end when I went over to fans. Not so long ago I was one of them and now I am in charge of this club.

"It was a good away performance and there was not great deal between both side. I can take the pressure and deal with it and let the players go and express themselves.

"Bobby Robson told me - if ever you get the opportunity don't be afraid of it and take it with both hands.”

Carver has been in charge of Newcastle since Alan Pardew left for Crystal Palace last month.

Although results have not been great, the Magpies have performed well in recent games and look like they will finish at least in mid-table in the Premier League this season.

It is not clear whether Carver will retain the Newcastle job for next season, but if results and performances improve between now and the end of the campaign, then he should certainly given a chance to take the club forward.

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