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John Carver
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Personal information
Full name John William Carver
Date of birth 16 January 1965 (1965-01-16) (age 45)
Place of birth    Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Club information
Current club Plymouth Argyle (assistant manager)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Newcastle United
Cardiff City
00 (0)
13 (0)   
Teams managed
Newcastle United (caretaker)
Leeds United (caretaker)
Toronto FC
Plymouth Argyle (assistant manager)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

John William Carver (born 16 January 1965 in Newcastle upon Tyne) is an English former footballer and football coach. Carver is currently assistant head coach at Plymouth Argyle.



Carver was the assistant manager to Bobby Robson at Newcastle United. Following Robson's sacking in September 2004, Carver was appointed caretaker manager and guided the team to a 3-0 win against Blackburn Rovers. Carver later dedicated the win to Bobby Robson. Despite the victory, Carver was not considered for the permanent job, that position going Graeme Souness who opted to bring in his own backroom staff.

In July 2005 Leeds United appointed Carver as a first team coach, replacing the departed Adrian Boothroyd who left the club to be the new manager of Watford. He was part of the management team of Kevin Blackwell and Sam Ellis. Following the exit of Sam Ellis in May 2006, Carver was promoted to the position of assistant manager.

Carver became a caretaker manager for the second time in his career after Leeds United fired Kevin Blackwell following a disastrous start to the season. Carver celebrated a win in his first game in charge after beating Birmingham City 3-2. However a series of heavy defeats under Carver's management, culminating in a 5-1 drubbing by Luton Town, led to Leeds Chairman Ken Bates opting instead to recruit the Swindon management team of Dennis Wise and Gus Poyet. Carver left Leeds United 23 October 2006, with the club in turmoil on and off the field.

Kevin Blackwell subsequently became the manager of Luton Town, and he recruited Carver as his assistant, along with another ex-Leeds coach Sam Ellis. With Luton going through major financial difficulties, including the administrator's decision to sell players from under the management's feet, Carver, along with Blackwell and Ellis made the joint decision to leave the club in January 2008.

On 1 February 2008 he became head coach of the Major League Soccer side Toronto FC, with previous coach, Mo Johnston, remaining as manager and Director of Soccer with an emphasis on handling player transfers. He was thereby reunited with an old friend from Newcastle United since Paul Winsper had been hired in January as Strength and Conditioning Coach. [1]

In April 2009, Carver was charged $750 (USD) by MLS for openly criticizing the standard of refereeing during a 3-2 loss away to FC Dallas. He was absent from the bench during the a 1-0 home win over Chivas USA four days later and eventually resigned on 25 April 2009, one day before the team's home clash with Kansas City Wizards.[2]

In December 2009, Carver was appointed assistant head coach to Paul Mariner at Plymouth Argyle. On 14 January 2010 he rejected an approach from Burnley manager Brian Laws to join the Lancashire club as a coach, stating his desire to repay the loyalty shown by Paul Mariner and the club as his reason for staying. [3] It is widely felt amongst Argyle fans that this automatically makes him a legend.

Managerial stats

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Newcastle United England 30 August 2004 13 September 2004 1 1 0 0 100.00
Leeds United England 21 September 2006 23 October 2006 5 1 4 0 20.00
Toronto FC Canada 1 February 2008 25 April 2009 36 11 15 10 30.5
Career totals
42 13 19 10 30.1


  • Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-8598-3462-0.  
  1. ^ "Beckham's fitness guru lands with Toronto MLS club". Retrieved 2008-08-03.  
  2. ^ Carver quits Toronto FC
  3. ^ [1]

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