Carroll Meets Big Sam – Sent to the Wood Shed?

Andrew Carroll returned to Preston for training today, but only after a meeting with manager Sam Allardyce in Newcastle, at Sam’s request.

We can only guess at what Sam had to say to the young 18 year-old, who was sent home on Sunday from the England Under-19 camp after missing a late night curfew.


Andrew Carroll – had meeting with boss Sam Allardyce at Sam’s request – sent to the wood shed?

We think Sam would have laid down the law to the young Tynesider, that any more behavior like this and he can kiss goodbye to a football career, at least at Newcastle United. The on-loan striker, resumed training with Preston North End on Thursday, but only after a dressing down from the Newcastle United boss, who was said to be furious with the player.

Preston boss Paul Simpson said today:

“Andy is back with us today.” “He had to go and speak to Sam before coming back.”

“The lad is disappointed with what happened.” “But hopefully he can move on from this.”

“He is only a young man and he can learn from this experience.”

Carroll’s stay at Preston has not been too good so far as he’s only appeared 6 times for the Lancashire club, and has yet to score his first goal. He received a straight red card a month ago at Scunthorpe for retaliation and missed 3 games through that suspension. Turns out he lost his place in the side over the period so he really has to start again and force his way back into things from scratch.

We’re sure Sam will point out that his lack of discipline in the Scunthorpe game has also cost him, because he lost his place – so there are really two cases of indiscipline that Sam probably talked to the youngster about.

This will be a good character test for the youngster but we think he will come back just fine, having learned a very important lesson in football and life. To be successful you must have good self discipline. But we think Andrew will come back just fine, but time at Preston is not on his side. He only has until January before his 6 month loan period is up.

Comments very welcome.

4 comments so far

  • Bill f

    Oct 18, 2007 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Probably something along the lines of “Don’t get caught”

  • valle

    Oct 18, 2007 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #2

    I can only imagine how hard it is to be a young man and saying “no” to all the booze and girls that all his friends properly enjoy. But then again he has some options lying ahead of him that most of us could only dream of, and allot of cash to follow and im sure that Sam has told him that now is the time he chooses which life he wants.

  • leo

    Oct 18, 2007 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #3

    im glad he is only there 6 months, get him back to our squad, develop him properly and get shola out… ive supported ameobi from the start always hoping things would come good for him, and he did have a couple good spells. but he simply isnt cutting it, i hope he proves me wrong in the next couple months….

  • Steve c

    Oct 18, 2007 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #4

    I hope sam really did give the young lad a really good kick up the backside. Stuff like this really needs to be nipped in the bud. Football is littered with really good prospects that failed due to indicipline and getting carried away with celebrety.


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