John Carver leaves Newcastle while West Ham appoint new boss

John Carver has left Newcastle
John Carver has left Newcastle

John Carver has left Newcastle as the club prepares to appoint a new head coach, Press Association Sport understands.

The 50-year-old, who took charge of the final 20 games of last season, 19 of them in the Barclays Premier League, has parted company with the Magpies along with coach Steve Stone.

Former England boss Steve McClaren is the overwhelming favourite to be appointed as Alan Pardew's permanent successor when he returns from holiday later this week.

Meanwhile, Slaven Bilic is now a Premier League manager, slotting into the West Ham hot seat.

The former Croatia boss, 46, was today confirmed as successor to Sam Allardyce, whose contract was not renewed.

Bilic, who also had spells in charge of Lokomotiv Moscow and more recently Besiktas, is the man now tasked with guiding the Irons into the Olympic Stadium for the start of the 2016-17 campaign.

The former West Ham defender, spending 18 months at the club from January 1996 before joining Everton, is in no doubt of the potential he is taking on.

"I am really glad to be back with West Ham United. It is in the Premier League, which is among the best in the world," Bilic said in a statement on the club's official website.

"It's a big challenge and you are competing with the best and what better club to do it with than West Ham.