London - Interim Newcastle United manager John Carver and his assistant Steve Stone have left the club, with former England boss Steve McClaren poised to take over, British media reported on Tuesday.
Carver, a long-serving coach at St James's Park, was put in charge for the second half of the season after Alan Pardew left for Crystal Palace.
The team won only three games under his stewardship, however, and were in danger of relegation from the Premier League until the final day of the campaign.
Stone, a former England international, had been a coach at the club since 2010.
The club released the following statement on their official website today:
Newcastle United have today (Wednesday, 10th June) announced
that John Carver and Steve Stone will leave the Club with immediate effect.
Managing director Lee Charnley said: "After discussions
with John it was mutually agreed that in the best interests of the Club moving
forward, and to enable the new head coach to build his own coaching team, we
would go our separate ways.
"John loves Newcastle United and no-one could have
worked with more passion and enthusiasm than he did.
"John's connection with the Club dates back to 1979
when he joined as an apprentice. He has always put the Club first and the
recent discussions we had only reaffirmed this.
"He is a man of great character and dignity and will
always be welcome at Newcastle United. We wish him every success in the
John Carver said: "It has been a privilege to serve as
head coach of this great football club.
"The fans and the region deserve a successful team and
both myself and my support staff worked very hard with the squad that was
available to us.
"I would like to thank all of the staff at the Club for
their dedication, including Steve Stone in particular. I am also grateful to
the owner and to Lee Charnley for their support during my tenure.
"I wish the Club every success for the future and steeled
with the experience of the last six months, I am eager and ready for the next
On Steve Stone, Lee Charnley said: "I would like to
place on record our thanks and appreciation to Steve Stone for his contribution
to the Club.
"Steve joined us as Academy coach in 2009, before being
appointed reserve team assistant manager in July 2010. Steve was subsequently
promoted to first team coach under Alan Pardew and, latterly, John Carver, for
who he provided tremendous support.
"Like John, we wish Steve all the very best for his
future career in the game."
Andy Woodman will remain at the Club in his role as
goalkeeping coach. Dave Watson, who joined the first team coaching staff after
Alan Pardew's departure, will return to his role in the Academy as under-18