Michael Owen – Carroll Just Like Mellor – Hope Not

Michael Owen has talked today about our 19 year-old 6’3″ striker Andy Carroll.


Cacapa fouling Andy in training 😀

Michael talked to the the Shields Gazette this morning about Andrew Carroll:

“Andy’s a good player – his record in the reserves is phenomenal,” “We had a player at Liverpool when I was there called Neil Mellor.”

“If (the reserves) had won 3-0, he’d have scored a hat-trick. It’s the same with Andy – he’s always scoring.”

“He is a young lad and he’ll keep improving, and one day he’ll contribute in the first team.”

In the short term, he can develop into a Premier League player.” “He certainly has the right attitude.”

Let us be the first to say it. Neil Mellor is a bad example for Michael to compare Andy to.

The reason is that Neil never made it at Liverpool, and is currently plying his trade at Preston North End, down in the Championship. Since he moved there in 2006 he’s appeared just 27 times and scored 5 goals.

And in their game today at Blackpool, Preston North End have Mellor on the bench again. We think Andy can do a lot better than that.

We know Andy will do a lot better than that.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • KevinHann

    Mar 15, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #1

    For now he is exactly like Mellor – doesn’t matter what he COULD DO in the future. Both play awesome for the reserves. Owen is right. On the other hand they are different players.

  • lee

    Mar 15, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #2



    Mar 15, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #3

    More Media tripe on SKY SPORTS.COM

    “Reports in Spain claim that Newcastle are sounding out Racing Santander coach Marcelino. The highly-rated coach, not to be confused with the Spanish central defender who had an ill-fated spell at St James’ Park in the 1990s, has turned Racing into top-four contenders in Spain.
    Before that he had masterminded Recreativo de Huelva’s promotion to La Liga and he is now the latest Spaniard coach being linked with a move to England, following on from the successes of Rafa Benitez and Juande Ramos. Ramos’ move to Spurs was masterminded by Tony Jimenez – now vice-president at Newcastle. Jimenez, although not an agent, is known around Europe as one of the men who can get any deal done and his contacts list is extensive. Part of his remit has obviously been to cast an eye over potential new coaches, should Kevin Keegan’s reign come to a premature end.”

    Why do the media think of Kevin Keegan as such a joke he had a valid reason to leave all of his jobs.

    He left Newcastle because he was being pressured into selling players, He left Fulham to take the England job, He left England for the good of the national team he admitted he couldnt take them any further and resigned instead of waiting to be sacked and get a huge pay off like McClaren and Erikksson did and Cappello will, He left Man City after they asked him to commit to a new contract which he didnt want to sign and was asked to Leave so to let them get Pearce setled into the Job before the end of the season.

    So where has this stupid idea that he walks out every time the going gets tough come from.

    The man has dignity and doesnt rip off clubs like 99% of our squad.

    This rubbish is straight from the Shit Cockney Media.

  • Leo

    Mar 15, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Jimenez, although not an agent, is known around Europe as one of the men who can get any deal done and his contacts list is extensive.

    i hope this is true, because we are very slow when it comes to getting deals done.

    why couldnt he liken carroll to someone a bit more aspirational. is carroll going to see this in the wrong way or the right way… he could either accept that this may be his fate or he could make sure that he isnt the next neil mellor


    Mar 15, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #5

    You hope this is true ??

    That we are going behind the back of the man who saved our football club, It stinks if it is True and sums up the scum that we employ at our football club.

  • Leo

    Mar 15, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #6

    how do you mean craigg?

  • Leo

    Mar 15, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #7

    i dont think he did it himself. he was asked to organise a deal to bring ramos to spurs and so did, thats his job. finding talent and bringing them to the lime. if he can do that with players for us then it is a good thing isnt it?

  • Charlie Bucket

    Mar 15, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #8

    Marcelino seems a good coach with promising credentials and an unfortunate name.

    Maybe he could be a good choice to manage the next three matches.

    Then we could get Venables in for a game or two to bring the experience of a successful relegation fight he picked up when managing the Smoggies.

    Then maybe Wise could take over for a bit. It’s on the cards after all and he is a young manager who’s done ok at Leeds and Millwall.

    Finally why not get Graeme Souness just to take us over the finishing line, after all some of it is his mess so he should be given the chance to clear it up.


    Mar 15, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #9

    I mean if that if we are speaking to other managers behind Kevs back then it is wrong

    I agree that if Jiminez can get us good players quicker than other clubs than its a good thing.

  • Leo

    Mar 15, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #10

    most certainly so craigg… i think we had crossed wires there… i was referring to the hope that jiminez wil be able to persuade the best talent to move to our club

  • ScottyT

    Mar 15, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #11

    just on a side note .. notice that the youngster who we were linkd with this week ‘sam vokes’ has scored again today .. looks like another good youngster who we should snap up especially with bournemouths finances


    Mar 15, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #12

    Yep sorry mate

    I thought you were saying Yes To bringing this Marcelino guy in and Kicking out The King

    If Jiminez gets us the best talent from abroad and Wise can get us the best talent from the UK then we’ll be laughing.

  • Leo

    Mar 15, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #13

    u know ive just realised how we got wires crossed, i was checking sky sports news just now and have seen the article about marcelino guy…


    Mar 15, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #14

    I hope Chelsea and liverpool do us a favour today

    Chelsea are beating the scum 1-0

    Scousers are drawing 1-1 with Reading (1 man and his dog away support)


    Mar 15, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #15

    What do you lads think of Gary Cahill from Bolton ive seen him a lot this season for Sheff Utd and Now Bolton and he looks a star

    Great in the air, Good positioning, Wins most Tackles, Pretty fast and Really Strong.

    Cappellos watching him for his next squad apparantly and If Bolton go down then the kid wont want to drop down, If he gets a chance with England.

    Maybe if we stay up and Bolton dont then he looks a great signing and he is a massive lad about 6″3 i think.

    He even won Villas goal of the season a couple of years ago with an amazing Overhead kick.

    He was Burnley’s player of the year in 2004/05 during a loan deal.

    Im going to start a Tom_Toonesque Campaign to get GARY CAHILL to the Toon.

    If its true what ED said about a lot of NUFCs staff being fans of this site then they should tell KK to sign this Kid up.

    He will be an England regular in the next 10 years MARK MY WORDS

  • Newcastle United.

    Mar 15, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #16

    Nah, Andy Carroll is a better prospect than Mellor. Owen is just living in his Liverpool days again. Mellor is nout like Carroll anyways, Completely different types of player. Its like comparing Smith to Ronaldo.

  • KevinHann

    Mar 15, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #17

    Did you just compare Mellor to Smith and Carrol to Ronaldo? ROFL dude try Viduka to Les Ferdinand, would be way more realistic… Mellor was a great prospect at his Liverpool days, and how good did Andy do on his loan spell in the Championship? Better than Mellor is doing now?

  • Bob

    Mar 15, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #18

    How much does scoring in the reserves actually count for, though?

    I remember that the likes of Calvin Zola, Lewis Guy (was that his name? I’m not sure), Richard Offiong and Carl Finnigan were all high scorers in the reserves and at youth level, yet never really made the step up.

    Instead the latter two are at Hamilton (I think) and Falkirk in the SPL.

  • Steve_48

    Mar 15, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #19

    M’boro 0-1 up BTW, could do with a response from the Arses


    Mar 15, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #20

    Aye steve we could as ive £500 on fookin Arsenal!

  • thelongshanks

    Mar 15, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #21

    Newcastle can go up to 12th if they beat birmingham on monday up the toon.if smith plays il f*@kin scream.

  • dragoner

    Mar 15, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #22

    YES 1 -1 !!! F**K the smoggies!!

  • Kiwi Toon

    Mar 15, 2008 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #23

    From Wikipedia: “Newcastle United will sign Cahill in the Summer transfer window for five million pounds if they avoid relegation and Bolton Wanderers lose their top flight status.”

    Even though wikipedia is not always the most reliable source I think this might have some element of truth to it.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 15, 2008 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #24

    Kiwi Toon, i could soon change that to, ‘Cahill will sign for Barcelona for 10p and packet of quavers.’

  • GP

    Mar 15, 2008 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #25

    A packet of quavers? Please, they’d probably want a mars bar.

  • wwe

    Mar 16, 2008 at 3:09 AM

    Comment #26

    am a newcastle fan and am frm glasgow

  • Nobby!

    Mar 16, 2008 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #27

    Man, that is a hilarious picture! HAHA!

  • will

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #28

    lets hope that michael owen can one day develop into a first team player.


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