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Bolton Want Newcastle’s Andy Carroll – No Chance!

12:14 pm, Thursday, November 5th, 2009 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

News today that Bolton manager Gary Megson is ready to go after Newcastle striker Andy Carroll in January – and all we can say to that is the best of luck because Bolton have no chance of signing 20 year-old Andy Carroll.

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Andy Carroll - going nowhere

First of all why would Andy want to leave his home town club for Bolton?

He’ll hardly be getting much more in wages, and we don’t think Bolton are getting 41, 000 average home crowds – they are actually averaging around 21,800 currently.

But we shouldn’t be disparaging to Bolton, who are in truth a great club, who did very very well under Big Sam Allardyce, it’s just that they’ll have a hard job persuading a local lad to leave Newcastle, even though we are in the second division – that’s our real point.

If Newcastle were in mid table in the Championship right now – and not leading the chase for promotion – there would be a better chance for Bolton to be successful, and the transfer fee mentioned of  £4M is a good one, but if Andy continues his great progress at the club, after coming through the Newcastle Youth Academy, he’ll be a £10M player very soon.

And we’ll not even mention a certain top-class 18 year-old striker at Newcastle, who could become an even better player than Andy – but his name is Nile Ranger. :D

Gary Megson is looking for a long-term replacement for their great striker and servant to the club, Kevin Davies. According to The Sun, Bolton will put in a bid of around £4M for the 6’4″ striker, who was born in Gateshead, just south of the Tyne from Newcastle (over the Tyne Bridge).

Andy is also a growing fan’s favorite, and he is some handful for any defense, as he plays so physically and is very good in the air, and can smack them home, as he showed with his terrific goal against Doncaster Rovers.

No, we’d be completely daft to let the boy leave, and we even think Mike Ashley is not that stupid to sell him either – but let’s rephrase that – we hope Mike Ashley is not that stupid to sell him.

And therein lies the reason why the Bolton bid may not be that stupid after all – we remember Mike let James Milner leave a year last August for a decent fee.

This article was not meant to be a shot across the bow at Bolton – we really do admire the club, which has a wonderful history, and  Nat Lofthouse and Eddie Hopkinson are just two names that come to mind.

And we remember well when Bolton beat Manchester United in the 1958 FA Cup final by 2-0 – and both goals were scored by – who else but Lofthouse. That was the final following  Manchester’s tragic Munich air crash on February 6th, that killed 8 of Manchester’s great young players – The Busby Babes – including the incomparable 21 year-old Duncan Edwards – the tank in midfield.

So all the hearts were for Manchester that day (May 3rd) but Bolton won easily - Lofthouse scored his first after just 3 minutes, and we still remember watching the game on TV – another one for the memories.

But Bolton still have no chance of signing Andy. :D

Comments welcome.



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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 premier // Nov 5, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Finding it hard to shift the big wage earners as neebody else will over-pay them so Ashley will sell what he can from the others!

  • 2 danny-boy // Nov 5, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    based on the transfer fees rolling around at the minute, £4m for Carroll is genuinely an insult, hes worth so much more than that
    always been a big gripe for me, we sell cheap and buy expensive, maybe thats how come we’ve ended up in this mess?

  • 3 Rich TOON bristol // Nov 5, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    andy is our next alan shearer just in big dunc’s body, if he stays around till he hits prime along with ranger they’l forge an awesome partnership! The last time i was this positive about a partnership was les and alan

  • 4 Ed Harrison // Nov 5, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    We’d be completely stupid to let Andy go – one half of our future awesome striker duo – Carroll and Ranger – the only question is which one pf them gets the famous number 9 shirt.

  • 5 sirjasontoon // Nov 5, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Money Talks….Andy will be sold along with other Assets.

  • 6 sirjasontoon // Nov 5, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    We will be left with the High Earners all the good up and coming players will be sold off to pay for Mike’s Lavish life of casinos,Mansions and Helicopters.

  • 7 munch27 // Nov 5, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    I have too agree with sjt all ashley wants is too destroy us , so selling our future for peanuts suits his agenda :(

  • 8 UTD111 // Nov 5, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    If the money is right – Fatboy will sell…..

  • 9 SirAlan // Nov 5, 2009 at 4:26 PM

    Ashley would sell his mother if he could get a decent price…!!!!!!

  • 10 Macedonia toon // Nov 5, 2009 at 4:36 PM

    “And we’ll not even mention a certain top-class 18 year-old striker at Newcastle, who could become an even better player than Andy – but his name is Nile Ranger. :D”

    Ed how many goals did he score for as? He should start scoring some goals and after that we will became a “great player”. Until now he is just player with good, but not awesome prospect.

  • 11 chuck // Nov 5, 2009 at 6:41 PM

    Disagree Ed.
    You may be overestimating the lads talents, yes his strength is in the air and he can play a physical game, but that`s about it, he is also ungainly and lacks pace.
    Doubt if he will be any better than a Chopra.
    Sure he would fit in to a long ball physical team like Bolton, ideal in fact, so take the money!

  • 12 Ollieh51 // Nov 5, 2009 at 7:30 PM

    I disagree chuck…

    A great physical player and he does lack pace but his hold up play and presence even in the top flight is an asset to us.

    The sad matter of it is that Ashley will more than likely take a look at selling him for the finances not realising that without him, our chances of gaining promotion will take a serious hit.

  • 13 Shayno // Nov 6, 2009 at 5:06 AM

    I don’t know Ed. $8m would be rather tempting right now…

  • 14 Graeme // Nov 6, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    FCB has proved beyond any reasonable doubt, transfer windows are for making a profit – he’s managed in every window since he took over.

    This man would sell his granny if he got a good offer – would make a bid for his daughter tho lol

  • 15 batty // Jan 2, 2010 at 11:52 PM

    plymouth nil the toon nil




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