John Carver: From Newcastle to Nicosia

  • Former Newcastle United manager John Carver coaching in Cyprus with Omonia Nicosia
  • Preparing to lead his side into derby with local rivals APOEL
  • Turned down big money move to China after committing to Omonia
  • Working alongside former Newcastle defender Nikos Dabizas, the Omonia Technical Director
  • Carver previously enjoyed a successful spell in the MLS with Toronto FC

JOHN CARVER was on the way to Las Vegas when he took the gamble that has seen him go from Newcastle to Nicosia.

The former Toon boss was getting set to enjoy a lads break in America's casino mecca when he got a call from Greek Euro 2004 hero Nikos Dabizas who he'd coached in their days together at St James' Park.

One-time commanding centre-half Dabizas, now 43, is Technical Director of top Cypriot side Omonia Nicosia these days and he wanted vastly experienced Sport Careers Agency client Carver to take a leap into the unknown.

Tomorrow Carver's Omonia face bitter rivals APOEL in what will be a hotly-contested derby on the sunshine island.

As he prepared for the big match he reflected: "Nikos caught me out of the blue in the summer when I was on my way to Vegas on a lads' holiday.

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