NEWCASTLE United boss Alan Pardew’s backed John Carver to be his eyes and ears on the touchline during his dugout ban.
Pardew will serve the first game of a two-match suspension against Everton on Monday night.
And Carver, his hugely-experienced assistant, will be in charge on the touchline against Everton while Pardew watches from the directors’ box at Goodison Park.
Pardew pleaded guilty to a Football Association charge of improper conduct for a shove on linesman Peter Kirkup in the club’s season-opener against Tottenham Hotspur last month.
He will also watch the home game against Chris Hughton’s Norwich City on September 23 from the stand.
Pardew – who was also fined £20,000 – admits he won’t have the same “feel” of the game in the directors’ box.
However, it will give him a difference perspective, and he has total confidence in Carver, who has been a manager in his own right.
“I like to stand close to the sideline – I can feel the game there,” Pardew said.
“I can understand what the players are going through when I’m that close.
“Sometimes, because I’m detached, I can understand how they are feeling, and that will be taken away from me.
“Obviously, I’ll be in the stand, and I’ll look at it in a different way.
“Maybe I’ll see things like the shape of the team. John can do the role I normally do.”
Pardew’s pre-match Press conference was dominated by the injuries which have weakened Pardew’s defensive options – and the club’s failure to sign a defender in the summer.
United signed just one senior player – Vurnon Anita – in the transfer window, and the club couldn’t agree fees for Lille’s Mathieu Debuchy and FC Twente’s Douglas.
However, if Pardew is frustrated at the lack of incoming players, he isn’t showing it.
“You have to look at a club as a whole, and there has to be a route to the first team otherwise you’re not going to progress as a club,” he said.
“I’ve opened up the route, especially with the Europa League, and told (the young players) ‘come and take your chance’.
“This is a year for the younger players to break through. Now if they don’t break through I might take a different policy next year, but it’s a great opportunity.”
Pardew mentioned South Tynesider Remie Streete, recovering from a long-term injury, as one player who could feature this season.
“I felt at the start of the year, when we looked at the centre-half situation, that if we brought someone in they would stand in the way of two players with great futures at the club – (James) Tavernier and Remie Streete,” he said.
“With Streete, I was hoping we would steer clear of injuries, because he isn’t quite ready yet.
“We won’t be calling on those two guys this time, but somewhere down the line we will, and I think they’ll do well.”