Ex-Newcastle boss John Carver keen on MLS return

The former Magpies coach managed Toronto FC between 2008 and 2009.

Former Newcastle United head coach John Carver has told Goal USA’s Ives Galarcep that he is hoping to get another chance to manage in MLS.

Carver previously managed Toronto FC between February 2008 and April 2009, but his one full season in charge of the Canadian club saw them finish bottom of the Eastern Conference before he resigned just six games into the 2009 campaign.

Having originally cited “personal reasons” for his decision, the 50-year-old Newcastle native was rumoured at the time to have fallen out with then TFC director of soccer Mo Johnston, but he has now revealed that left in order to return to England to care for his late parents.

Now out of work after seeing his contract at St James’ Park terminated in June following Steve McClaren’s appointment as his successor, the ex-Magpies boss is looking for another chance to prove his managerial skills and believes that he has unfinished business across the Atlantic.

"I want to go somewhere where I can build something," Carver told Goal USA. "I'm probably a lot more placid and calmer than I used to be. I don't take things as personally after the five months I've gone through with Newcastle.

“I do miss the fact that I think they do give you a chance to build something in MLS, whereas in this country it's very, very difficult to build something because you're on such a short time span as a manager.

"I've worked at every level so I feel as if I've got the tools to offer something to an MLS team and there's no reason for me not to stay this time."

Carver coached at Plymouth Argyle and Sheffield United, respectively, after leaving Toronto, before he returned to childhood club Newcastle in 2011 to serve as Alan Pardew’s assistant.

Pardew’s move to Crystal Palace in January later gave him an opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of managing the Magpies on a short-term deal until the end of the 2014-15 season, but he proceeded to win only three of his 20 games in charge as the team narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League.

Nevertheless, while his chances of getting another top-flight job in England are now slim to none, it is not out of the question that someone in MLS could still offer Carver the chance to resurrect his career in North America in the future.

While his spell in Toronto did not lead to much acclaim, the club’s 2008 campaign did see them make a seven-point improvement on their expansion season, and his knowledge of the league’s various rules and intricacies means that, unlike some foreign hires, he would not need an acclimatisation period.

However, with no vacancies currently open, it remains to be seen where his next opportunity could arise from.

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