Carroll Wants Chance – Barton Cleared

Looks like Andy Carroll is playing well for the Reserves with another good goal last night, to make it 4 goals in 4 appearances for the Reserves since he returned from his loan spell at Preston North End.


Andrew Carroll – wants first team chance this season

Andy told Newcastle World TV after the 1-1 draw with Manchester City reserves:

“For the goal it was a great long ball down the field by Fraser Forster, and luckily I read what their center half was going to do in terms of heading it back, and won the ball before taking it round the keeper,”

“It was nice to score knowing that Kevin Keegan was watching.” “It was a great occasion for the lads playing at St James’ Park, and everybody really enjoyed it.”

“All I have to do is keep my head down and keep on working hard.” “The aim is to keep on scoring goals at this level, and hopefully between now and the end of the season I’ll get a chance in the first team.”

We hope Andrew gets a chance again under Kevin, because when he has played he’s caused opposing defenses problems with his height, physical presence and heading ability.

After his disappointing loan spell at Preston he seems to have come back to Newcastle as good as ever, and has looked very good in the Reserves.


Joey Barton – no action to be taken by FA

In other news today the FA has decided not to do anything about the incident that Joey Barton was involved in with Aston Villa’s Shaun Maloney in Saturday’s game. That will no doubt be a huge disappointment to the popular press.

Joey was seen to be in an altercation with Villa’s Shaun Maloney, just outside of the penalty box, in a bout of shoving, but referee Lee Mason did not include it in his report.

Joey was cleared today by the FA, as they will take no further action on the incident. Joey will still be available for the game at home against champions Manchester United on February 23rd.

We suppose this is good news for Joey for a change, but we didn’t think the incident was much at all, but the press blew it up – of course – out of all proportion.

Also there is news today again that Kevin Keegan has not given up hope on getting Alan Shearer as assistant manager. Once some of Alan’s commitments end in the summertime, don’t be surprised if he is announced as Kevin’s assistant manager. And we think that would be great.

That would also be good timing because Alan’s name as assistant manager will help with our recruitment in the summer, and we need everything we can get – because we’ll not be able to offer European football next season – that’s for sure.

Comments very welcome.

36 comments so far

  • tdt

    Feb 12, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #1

    number 1!

  • ToonKing

    Feb 12, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #2

    it’s great news that Joey is off the hook. We need him and Emre like air.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 12, 2008 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Give Carroll a shot.

  • tdt

    Feb 12, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #4

    carroll is way better than stroller, smudge or vodka i reckon, well atleast the 1st two, he’s just better than vodka imo

  • Geordie Joe

    Feb 12, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #5

    Give carroll a chance, I’m certain he has to be better than smith.

  • briss

    Feb 12, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Finally a little bit of good news! I say the thought of Carrol and Owen up front is very attractive i must say. Do u think KK will try martins and milner as the supportive 2 attacking wingers? Barton and emre in the centre, to me that makes sense

  • tdt

    Feb 12, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #7

    @ briss – martins is a striker, look what happened to smudge when a striker plays midfield, would be gutted to destroy martins by playin im out of position. I’d go with martins and owen up front, n use carroll as a sub, ditch vodka, smudge n stroller, dont u think??

  • Bill F

    Feb 12, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Looks like the cause for playing Carrol is gathering momentum (on here at least), just hope KK feels the same although I suspect Smith will still be in the starting lineup. The penny has to drop with KK at some point, Surely.

  • briss

    Feb 12, 2008 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #9

    tdt i agree, just a thought because i notice that martins does drop back quite a bit becuase he wants to be involved, and considering Zog seeming to be on the way out we do need someone else who can make things happen. Owen and martins will need service to there feet for sure.

  • m.

    Feb 12, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #10

    carroll with a leg tied to his back is quite better than vodka

    he deserves a chance!

  • Daniel...

    Feb 12, 2008 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #11

    right for 1 lets not start talking of martins as some superhero, YES he did cost 10mill and YES that normally warrants a good player, but sorry guys in this case (like most with NUFC) it is wrong and should not be considered a good player.

    secondly the carroll debate…
    he seems maby one for the future and should not be considered anytime soon, although most fans such as yourselves seem to be taking the popular decision in believing he is may be a ray of hope to light our season?
    he has not looked good enough/ strong enough when he has come on in the PL.
    also his attitude seems to stink, was it a lad on here saying he saw him in tescos or something and all the “glamour or being a (reserve) premierleague player seems to have gettin to him?

    i rest my case and all those fans feeling he may light up our season you have another thing coming


  • pasta paulie

    Feb 12, 2008 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #12

    rueful comments. starting to feel sorry for NUFC fans. if you can bear the tongue-in-cheek thoughts of a man u fan whose oldest mate is a geordie nut, check out ‘the Magpies!’ posting back at the blog

  • Leo*

    Feb 12, 2008 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #13

    damn my comment didnt come up.

    barton doesnt deserve to be let off, he did another blatent violent foul but somehow got off… its good though because at present we need center midfielders, but bad because he may think now that he can easily get away with it….

    carroll should be in the main team probly on the bench

  • Graham

    Feb 12, 2008 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #14

    Andy Carroll will be a big player for us next season – mark my words. A few games this year will do him no harm whatsoever. He will show a passion that Viduka and Shola dont have.

    I have seen Shola in training and playing football for fun and believe me he is naturally gifted yet he doesn’t have the will or passion to do it as his job. Carroll on the other hand has all the passion he needs. He just wants to play football for his club.

    I’ll put my neck on the line here and say that id Carroll is given a decent run of games either this season or next, he could become one of the most prolific strikers we have had

  • Ausgeordie

    Feb 12, 2008 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Owen needs to keep playing as he is on form and martins needs more playing time. I’d like to see Carroll on the bench absolutely with a view to being used!! We’ve all said it before but Butt, Carr and Smith need to be given a rest permanently.


    Subs – Forster, Carroll, Capaca, Milner, Smith

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Feb 12, 2008 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Carroll is much better than Ameobi and Smith up front. Viduka however is still better but only due to experience. Carroll will become a great if used properly and still at the tender age of 19. He should be used more regularly as he is one that has improved a lot recently. We now should be able to get rid of Ameobi who is useless. Keep Smith as back-up as all he can be is a squad player, no more.

  • SuperShearer

    Feb 12, 2008 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #17

    The Barton incident was six of one and half a dozen of the other. Maloney was as much to blame in that situation. Carrol would be great up front with Owen or Martins. He has the strength and heading ability to cause defenders problems. Plus with the position we are in we need players who want to put in some hard graft and play with a bit of grit and determination. Carrol will offer that, and might be able to help a bit defensively from set pieces.

  • Hammy

    Feb 12, 2008 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Ed, please, please, please, please………..
    Can you bring back “Bird of the day”…….
    no kidding, 2 weeks of no action and wondering why Barton, Smith and Butt are in the first team…
    We need some light entertainment…

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Feb 13, 2008 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #19

    hahaha 😀

  • Scottyt

    Feb 13, 2008 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #20

    aus geordie id have exactly the same team except with maybes milner in for barton then pushing duff to left milner to right and charlie in centre mid .. think zog and emre centre mid partnership could be exciting

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Feb 13, 2008 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #21

    Scottyt – with u on that.

  • Len

    Feb 13, 2008 at 3:48 AM

    Comment #22

    Yes, give big Andy a chance. On paper we have a good forward line. On the pitch it sucks. KK needs to talk to Smith about a total lack of end product. To Viduka about the basic responsibilities associated with a weekly wage. To Shola about a new career. And not talk to Owen about a new contract until he is playing as well as Drogba / Ronaldo and the other members of the 100,000 a week club. I would like to ask KK why our top goal scorer doesnt start?

  • hanz_emre

    Feb 13, 2008 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #23

    Barton is now not in good shape mentally & basically can’t focus on pitch.Though i used to like Barton to play regularly with Emre in the mid pitch, i prefer N’Zogbia to Barton now with regard of creating more clear-cut chances for the forwards & getting some goals from midfield players.Attack !

  • Stami

    Feb 13, 2008 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #24

    Graham – i will put my neck on the line with that statement too

  • Stami

    Feb 13, 2008 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #25


    our top scorers are currently Owen and Martins both on 7 in all competitions.

    Martins has not been available due to AFCON.

    thats prob why KK has not played him…

  • daiv

    Feb 13, 2008 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #26

    Keegan would be sacked if MA had not brought him in. His record is pitiful. The team is playing worse than Big Sam’s team. Actually they are the same teams…. except this team is creating even less and shipping in loads more. How can Keegan say that Smith is a key player? If we stay up (big if), we all know he’ll spend loads on has been name players like Henry and Beckham. Can you imagine Wenger resigning Henry at 29 for £15M? No. But kev will if he gets the chance. Where is the vision for the future. We need a Ramos. If we survive, we’ll be a little better next season but at massive cost. MA must be regretting KK’s return. Keegan was talking Europe a month ago and “the best players he has worked with” nonsense. He must be mad. What about a certain team in 1996.

  • tdt

    Feb 13, 2008 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #27

    @ daiv – I disagree, would you expect the exact same team to suddenly play like newcastle of old just because KK come in? remember KK has worked without even meeting the likes of martins, beye, faye and geremi. I dont recall the “has beens” comin to the toon in the mid-90’s, quite the opposite in fact. and just to set the record straight, i believe he said the team he “inherited” this time round is way better than it was last time he came to the club, not the team he grow of the years…

  • daiv

    Feb 13, 2008 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #28

    My main problem with KK is that he picks the same team as Sam. Smith is one of the worst players but is still selected. He is part of the holy trinity of Butt, Smith and Carr who God says cannot be dropped. Not quite Best, Law and Charlton. We all know they should not be in the team. 90% of NUFC fans believe so but Keegan keeps picking them. sam got the sack for it.

  • tdt

    Feb 13, 2008 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #29

    hmm ye i could not understand y carr was played at LB v villa, n the sooner KK realises butt n smudge r a fraction of the players they used to be, they’l be dropped, n goin on the weekends performance that wont be long. there must be sometime up with “the bull” if both SA and KK are reluctant to play him regularly, which is the reson 4 carr playing, and KK must not of had time to assess faye n beye b4 the villa game, hence the butt selection. as for smudge getting the go ahead, injured martins n an andy carroll who is not quite proved himself to KK but will very soon i feel. so ye dont be sucked into the media spin that tells you we’re doin worse under KK, and as long as we beat the crap teams we have 2 play between now and the end of the seaon, we’ll be just fine 🙂

  • Femi Lena Lover

    Feb 13, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #30


  • steve

    Feb 13, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #31

    Whats all this about puttig Carroll in the first team, you aving a laff!
    He’s looked pretty poor when he’s played for the first team and my Preston mates reckon he sucked big time when he was there on loan. A lot of players look good in the reserves, its hardly a competitive game.
    Barton has been rubbish since signing for the toon, he and Butt should be shipped out

  • Chicken

    Feb 13, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #32

    JB must be laughing his tits off right now. I hope some internal action has been taken because of this.

    Ed if you seriously think that the press blew this out of all proportion then you obviously haven’t seen the alternative camera angles Sky Sports News had shown yesterday.

    The only reason I think JB got away with it is because it is a wide shot from distance, but IMO you can see that he throws 2 punches at Maloney before throwing him to the floor – in he FKING PENALTY BOX TOO!!!

    The sooner he gets sent down the better – because if he does something like that again and it costs us the game then he won’t be the only one going down.

  • KevinHann

    Feb 13, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #33

    I read Keegan is interested in Scott McDonald (nice recall of SuperMac :P) Could we go for Aiden McGeady if we sell Charlie?

  • Macas

    Feb 13, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #34

    Keegan would be sacked??? Are you mad, he has only been in charge for a handful of games! Yes I disagree with his selection against Villa, as Viduka, Emre, faye and Enrique all should have probably played, but you have to remember that Allardyce had all the easy fixtures (and blew them), leaving Keegan with all the hard teams away from home when we are desparate for points. Make no mistake about it, this mess had been created by Allardyce and Allardyce alone. Whether Keegan can turn it around or not is another thing. I felt he took us as far as he could last time as he was poor tactically and was never good at changing a game if things werre going badly, but you have to hope he can motivate the team and attract some decent players to gain a respectable league position in the next few seasons.

  • Graeme

    Feb 13, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #35

    Carroll as CF with Owen and Martins playing off him!! Has to be worth a good few goals for all 3 I would have thought!!

  • vegas odds

    Feb 22, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #36

    Salut !


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