Ex-Newcastle United manager John Carver compares his time at club to that with Leeds United and Sheffield United

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Carver feels he was again a caretaker at St James Park and wants something new in his next venture.

John Carver has been speaking to the press this week about his time in charge of Newcastle United and his future in the game.

Carver stepped in to the permanent management role at Newcastle in January after Alan Pardew went down south to link up with his former team Crystal Palace - a move that has proved a resounding success.

Carver's time in the dugout at Newcastle has not been such a hit.

He struggled to get results with the club who eventually only survived relegation by the skin of their teeth on the final day of the Premier League season with a win against West Ham.

Speaking to The Chronicle the 50-year-old has compared his time in charge at St James Park to that as caretaker boss Leeds United and Sheffield United - suggesting his 'permanent' role was only ever intended to last until the end of the season:

“Now I want to go out there and prove to myself that I can do a job.

“I’ve had a great break. I’ve been holidaying in North America and Canada and have done some television work in the Middle East. I’ve enjoyed it – it’s a lot easier than managing!

“I’m just waiting for the next challenge now and, when it comes around, I’ve got to make sure it’s the right one. It’s a big one for me. I won’t apply for something that does not give me a chance.

“But I’ve had enough of being a caretaker – Leeds (United), Sheffield United and, really, I was at Newcastle."

Carver took over from Kevin Blackwell at Leeds in September 2006 but lost four of his five games in charge - conceding a whopping 17 goals. He was let go when Dennis Wise and Gus Poyet took over.

He stepped in for the late Gary Speed at Bramall Lane after he went to take the Wales national job. Again his stay was brief, winning one of his three games in charge.

In the future he does not want another Leeds, Sheffield United or Newcastle situation - instead looking for something more permanent like he had at Toronto:

“I would go abroad again, I have done it before. If it feels right then I will do it.

“I want to do what I did at Toronto and build something. It might take a bit of time but I want the opportunity to go in and build a club from the grassroots up over.”

Carver then is open for business but based on his record as a caretaker boss, he may struggle to find a role in the near future.

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