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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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A19 crash shuts down road for hours

Police have thanked motorists for their patience after officers had to close part of the A19 northbound for several hours this morning.

There was a collision just after 3am, involving a white Volvo heavy goods vehicle and a white Mercedes Sprinter van.

The scene on the A19

It happened just after the A689 turnoff, almost parallel to the Clipper Tea Factory on Wynyard Business Park. Both drivers were taken by ambulance to the University Hospital of North Tees to be seen for what are currently believed to be minor injuries.

The A19 north was fully closed for a stretch just before the A689, with traffic being diverted and the road was reopened at 9.30am.

Damaged caused in the collision

“I appreciate drivers were, in many cases, waiting in queues or hardly moving for some time but I’d like to remind them that using your mobile phone at the wheel is still illegal.

“This comes as a timely reminder that the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit is currently running an operation targeting motorists using their mobile phones while behind the wheel.

“Remember if you are caught using your mobile you will get a £100 fine and have 3 points put on your licence. If it goes to court you could even be banned from driving and fined £1000.”

– Sgt Harry Simpson

Anyone who witnessed the collision and who has not yet spoken to police is asked to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101.

Aggravated burglary in Newcastle

Police are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary in Newcastle.

Three men wearing ski masks, armed with knives, entered an address in Eastgarth, Newbiggin Hall, just before 1am on January 26. They threatened a resident and left the scene in a white van.

Nothing was stolen during the incident and there were no injuries.

Police are asking for anyone who was in the area at the time to contact them on 101.

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