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John Carver: Five things you may not know

John Carver and Steve Stone Credit: PA

Newcastle United have confirmed that John Carver will take the role of head coach until the end of the 2014/15 season.

Here are five things you may not know about him:

  • Carver was born in Newcastle and once played for Gateshead.
  • He was also caretaker manager at St James' Park during 2004.
  • He's was head coach of Toronto FC during 2008.
  • During his time in the MLS he was charged $750 for openly criticising the standard of refereeing.
  • Though his head coach role is only until the end of summer Carver is contracted with Newcastle until 2020.

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John Carver appointed head coach of NUFC until the end of the season

John Carver Credit: PA

Former Assistant Manager John Carver has been appointed Newcastle United head coach until the end of the season.

Carver said: "This is a proud day for me.

"I have worked with, and learnt from, the best manager that this football club has had in Sir Bobby Robson. I know what this Club means to this city and its people. I believe in my players and the staff I have around me.

"I am confident that we can deliver exciting successful football and look forward with relish to my role as head coach of this great football club."

FA Cup fifth round draw tonight at 7:20pm

Kike helped Boro to beat Manchester City in the fourth round of the FA Cup Credit: PA

Middlesbrough will find out which team they will face in the fifth round of the FA Cup later.

The Boro knocked the Premier League champions Manchester City out of the competition at the weekend.

The draw for the next round will take place at 7:20pm tonight and is broadcast live on BBC 1. The matches will be played on the weekend of the 14th and 15th February.

Sunderland will need to replay their match against Fulham before they can progress to the next round, after drawing nil-nil at the weekend.

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Sunderland 0 - 0 Fulham

Sunderland finished their FA Cup tie with ten men after Jack Rodwell received a second yellow card against Fulham at the Stadium of Light with 25 minutes to go.

The game ended nil-nil. They will now face a replay.

Middlesbrough prepare to take on the champions in FA Cup clash

Aitor Karanka's Middlesbrough are currently riding high, just one point behind league leaders Bournemouth in the Championship. Credit: PA
If Boro can beat Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City side it will be a giant-killing of epic proportions. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough are preparing to take on the Premier League champions, Manchester City, in the FA Cup.

The fourth round clash kicks-off at the Etihad Stadium at 3pm today.

The last time Boro faced Manchester City was five years ago when they suffered a 1-0 home defeat, also in the FA Cup.

Middlesbrough are currently second in the Championship, just one point behind league leaders Bournemouth.

Meanwhile, in another fourth round contest, Sunderland will welcome Championship side Fulham to the Stadium of Light today. That game is also at 3pm.

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