Assistant Coach Role Finally Filled

SUNDERLAND ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew points during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Newcastle United at Stadium of Light on January 16 2011 in Sunderland England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

It's been three months to the day since Colin Calderwood left to take over Hibernian.  In that time, the manager that he worked under was fired (partially because he and Mike Ashley disagreed on Calderwood's replacement) and the Magpies have played 14 league matches and 2 cup matches.  That's a lot of football with no assistant.  A replacement has finally been named (for real this time): John Carver, a Geordie who was Sir Bobby Robson's assistant in the early part of the 2000's and actually played the part of caretaker for one match, a 3-0 win over Blackburn.  Shrewd move by Alan Pardew to bring in somebody already familiar with the organization and several of the players. (Lee Ryder, The Chronicle)

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