JOHN Carver and Steve Stone will help nurture Newcastle United’s young players between now and the end of the season after the departure of Willie Donachie.
Reserve-team manager Donachie resigned last week over an allegation that he struck defender Remie Streete after a game against Sunderland.
The club won’t appoint a successor to the 62-year-old until the summer.
Assistant manager Carver and first-team coach Stone will spend some time working with the Under-21s, as will Under-18s coach Dave Watson, Academy director Joe Joyce and football development manager Peter Beardsley.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew feels the loss of Donachie as a “blow”.
“It was an unfortunate situation,” said Pardew. “It was out of the personality traits of Willie Donachie, who is a fantastic coach.
“We’ve now had to lose him, and that’s a blow to us. But we have good coaches here, and we like to think we put down the right foundations for success.
“All the players who have come here have improved. I can’t think of one player who hasn’t.
“That’s the most important thing when you’re looking at your coaching strategy, and we take that forward.”
Carver has previously working at Newcastle’s Academy, while Stone coached the club’s Under-21s before being promoted to his current first-team role.
And their experience and guidance, and that of Watson, Joyce and Beardsley, will prove invaluable, according to Pardew.
Pardew said: “We’ve got people here that will carry the flag to the end of the season. I wish Willie well, and I hope he can get back in the game soon.”