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REPORT: John Carver before landing his dream job

Geordie John Carver says he's proud to be Newcastle United's head coach and that he'll fight to keep the job on a permanent basis.

Speaking today for the first time since being confirmed as head coach until the summer, Carver admits it's a dream come true.

Our Sports Correspondent, Simon O'Rourke went back to where his dream of leading the Magpies began - the Montagu and North Fenham Football Club.

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Neil Rowan, the Chairman of Montagu and North Fenham FC hopes to find out from the Newcastle City Council if their planning applications to move will be approved.

Transfer news: Crystal Palace sign Shola Ameobi

Crystal Palace have completed the signing of former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi.

Ameobi was a free agent after leaving Turkish side Gaziantep in December.

Ameobi has joined up with Ex-Newcastle manager Alan Pardew at Palace Credit: PA

The 33-year-old Nigeria international has signed a short-term deal until the end of the season.

Ameobi is likely to need time to regain fitness after an unsuccessful stint in Turkey.

During his 14 years at Newcastle United, Ameobi scored 53 goals.

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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.

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."

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Six months since MH17 disaster

John Alder and Liam Sweeney were traveling to watch Newcastle when their plane was shot down over Ukraine.

It is six months to the day since the MH17 disaster.

Newcastle fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney were travelling to watch Newcastle play a pre-season match in New Zealand on 17 July last year. Their plane, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, was shot down over Ukraine.

298 people were killed in the tragedy.

De Jong pleased to resume training with Newcastle

Newcastle United vice-captain Siem De Jong has returned to training after more than four months out with a thigh injury.

Magpies caretaker John Carver confirmed that the 25-year-old had trained with the first-team and the Dutchman has since expressed his delight on Twitter:

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