JOHN Carver has spoken of his wonderful partnership with Alan Pardew at Newcastle United.
Pardew has built a formidable side on the pitch in his year and a half on Tyneside.
Equally importantly, the club’s manager has assembled a capable backroom staff off the field.
Pardew has labelled No2 John Carver as one of his best signings at Newcastle, who finished fifth in the Premier League last season.
The pair didn’t know each other before Pardew, without an assistant, made contact with Carver in January last year over a possible return to the club soon after succeeding Chris Hughton at United.
However, within minutes of meeting Pardew at Northumberland hotel Slaley Hall, Carver – who was Sir Bobby Robson’s assistant at St James’s Park – knew their relationship would be productive.
“The first thing you do when you buy a player is try and find out as much as you can about them,” Carver said.
“I don’t think it’s any different when you look to bring in staff, and Alan did his homework.
“Within five minutes of meeting Alan at Slaley Hall that night, I knew I wanted to work with him.
“I only had a four-month contract. We had to see how it worked out with each other. After a few weeks, I was given a five and a half year contract.”
Pardew also promoted Steve Stone to the position of reserve-team coach after a spell in charge of the reserves with Peter Beardsley, and recruited goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman, who he had worked with at Charlton Athletic.