Carver taking nothing for granted

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Sheffield United caretaker manager John Carver is refusing to be drawn on whether he would like the permanent position at Bramall Lane.

The 45-year-old, who occupied the caretaker's role at Leeds in 2006, has been placed in temporary charge of the Blades after Gary Speed left his position to become the new Wales manager on Monday.

"I'm here to do a job and whatever job the club say they want me to do I'll do it as long as it's within reason," Carver said.

"Anybody would be mad not to want to have a job at this football club. I will do whatever job is put in front of me for the time being. There is a part of everybody who wants to be a manager but it's about picking the right time. I don't want to get too far ahead of myself.

"When I was at Leeds I got ahead of myself and I have learned from that so that's why I am going to take this nice and steady and do the job the club ask of me.

"I am not getting carried away with myself, it is dead easy to do it. What will be will be, if anything develops it develops and if doesn't I'll move on and do what I need to do.

"I've got a huge challenge but it's something I am looking forward to. Gary got together a fantastic group of staff, they are very professional and I have got the full support of those guys."

Carver joined the Bramall Lane staff after Speed's appointment in August and he admits he has been left in shock at the events of the last week.

"I had a feeling because I know how proud he is," he added. "I think it is the only job that could have pulled him away from here because he was cutting his teeth with Kevin (Blackwell) as a coach.

"He then made that progression as a manager and dealt with it very, very well, but it was only the lure of the national team that pulled him away and soon as I heard it mentioned I had a little sigh inside. I came here for Gary so this is a little bit of a shock."

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