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It's the battle of the Jocks and the Geordies.

No, not the legendary Dandy comic strip, of fighting schoolboys from either side of the border, which ran for 1,000 episodes between 1975 and 1990.

This is football's version. When Scotland meet England on Friday two Geordie coaches are opposite dugouts.

Where the North East used to produce the likes of Gazza, Alan Shearer, Chris Waddle and Peter Beardsley to lead the charge for England on the pitch, for Euro 2020 it's the tactical and motivational drivers on the touchlines.

Geordie John, who lives next to Hadrian's Wall in the Tyne Valley, built by the Romans to keep the troublesome tribes from the North out, who's gone native and is now known as "Jock Carver.

Graeme Jones (second from right) is part of Gareth Southgate's coaching team

And Geordie Graeme Jones, the Newcastle United coach on loan to Gareth Southgate.

It's a long way from being released by Millwall at 18, playing for Newcastle Blue Star and North Shields and insulating pipes and lofts with his dad, before stints as a postman.

“The sorting office was like a football dressing room. Lots of people who want to have a craic and a laugh,” Jones recalls.

Scotland coach John Carvery celebrates with Steve Clarke and Andy Robertson
(Image: PA)

Jones has more international experience than Carver – with a World Cup bronze medal from 2018 when he assisted Roberto Martinez. The duo were also at Everton and Wigan together. He's known Southgate for years and they did UEFA Pro licence together.

Carver was heavily influenced by former England boss the late Sir Bobby Robson when he was his No2 at Newcastle, as they finished in the top four twice and played in the Champions League in the early 2000s.

Back then he was a motivator and upbeat link with the players, and a provocateur who would challenge (he once had a scrap with Craig Bellamy), priding himself in spotting a tactical tweak needed during games.

The Jocks and the Geordies was a popular strip in the Dandy
(Image: Dandy)

Jones' reputation is sky high, having joined Newcastle, during an 11 game winless streak in January and helping turn their season around.

Steve Bruce took a brave decision to freshen up his staff. Jones arrived as a “neutral” voice amid fan discontent. He looked like a potential successor to Bruce in his slick official unveiling interview.

Jones' tactical refresh had an immediate effect, and Scotland winger Ryan Fraser, is complimentary saying “training was livelier”.

Carver also served under Alan Pardew, helping Newcastle to fifth place and to the Europa League quarter finals, and became interim boss for half a season.

John Carver is a Newcastle legend
(Image: GETTY)

After an eight game run of defeats he declared himself the “best coach in the Premier League ”. He can joke about it now, but faced ridicule at the time. He was trying to convey the self belief he had to maintain, under fire.

His working friendship and trust with Scotland boss Steve Clarke goes back to their days as assistants to Ruud Gullit on Tyneside.

Carver is trying to get Scotland to believe more. He said this week: “They’ve got to believe in their ability and I keep telling them how good they are because I’ve worked at the top level of English Premier League football, with top players.

”I devote my life to football and I’ve been busy studying footage of all the teams we’re playing in the Euros. One of the biggest things I’ve got is my enthusiasm and passion — and I’m definitely not going to change that now.”

As a player Jones served time on the pitch at St Johnstone Clyde and Hamilton, so has an affinity with the Scottish game too.

Jones said: “As a kid, I wanted to play for England, that didn't happen, then obviously you hope one day to work for them….”

The Jocks and the Geordies cartoon strip always ended in a good punch up. Jones and Carver will settle for a post match handshake and a chat.