Ex-Everton defender Watson steps up from working with Newcastle’s Under-18s, while Peter Beardsley – who was on the bench with Carver for his first couple of games in caretaker charge – is set to continue his role with the U21s.
John Carver: “I love being on the training pitch and the role of the head coach is to be hands-on.
“When you are a manager you have to manage the football club, but the role has changed and it gives me maximum time on the training ground, coaching the players.
“What I have done is given Steve (Stone) and Dave (Watson) more responsibility because they are very good at what they do, and it is important that you delegate to those who are talented.
“But when it comes to the meat of the session, it is my responsibility to prepare the team for the final 16 games. The players have been really positive and have responded.
“Even though we haven’t won a game yet, we’ve played some nice stuff in spells. Ultimately though, it is about scoring goals and winning games so that needs to change.
“We’ve done plenty of work on that on the training pitch and hopefully that little bit of luck we need will fall our way this weekend.”