Andrew Carroll returned to Preston for training today, but only after a meeting with manager Sam Allardyce in Newcastle, at Samâ€™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.â€ “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.â€
“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 heâ€™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.
Weâ€™re sure Sam will point out that his lack of discipline in the Scunthorpe game has also cost him, because he lost his place â€“ 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.
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