Report: John Carver keen on MLS return

The former Newcastle United head coach managed Toronto FC between 2008 and 2009.

John Carver’s disastrous spell as Newcastle United head coach over the second half of last season might have ended his chances of getting another Premier League manager’s job, but he could be set to revive his career across the Atlantic.

According to Goal USAs Ives Galarcep, the ex-Magpies assistant is interested in a return to MLS, where he was in charge of Toronto FC between 2008 and 2009 before moving back to England.

Originally appointed TFC boss in February 2008, the 50-year-old’s 15-month spell in charge of the Canadian club was not filled with much success, however, as his side finished bottom of the Eastern Conference in his lone full season in charge before he resigned just one month into the 2009 campaign, citing personal reasons for his decision.

Later coaching at Plymouth Argyle and Sheffield United before re-joining boyhood club Newcastle as Alan Pardew’s assistant in 2011, the former defender was considered a valuable member of the backroom staff at St James’ Park, but his brief spell at the helm proved a testing period.

Appointed temporary head coach last January until the end of the 2014-15 season after Pardew’s move to Crystal Palace, he managed to win just three of his 20 games in charge as the club just avoided relegation from the Premier League.

With his contract later terminated in June following Steve McClaren’s arrival, the Newcastle native is now believed to looking for a fresh chance to prove his managerial skills, but whether he will find a club in the US top-flight willing to take him on remains to be seen.

There are currently two head coaching vacancies in MLS at the Chicago Fire and New York City FC but the latter have been linked to some high-profile names of late, such as Patrick Vieira and Fabio Cabello [h/t Telegraph].

NYCFC’s decision to fire Jason Kreis after their expansion season also leaves one of the USA’s most highly-regarded coaches on the market for Chicago to potentially snap up, while former New York Red Bulls boss Mike Petke is also reported to have held talks with the Eastern Conference outfit since the 2015 regular season ended last month [h/t Metro New York].

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