News today that Steven Taylor is in hospital after having his jaw broken in a scuffle with Andy Carroll during last Sunday morning’s warm down, following the game at Bristol City the day before.
Maybe the only positive news is that it wasn’t Joey Barton.
Andy Carroll – may now be in serious trouble at the Newcastle club
But maybe not, because it could now mean that the Newcastle club have another player with a murky background, now approaching that of Joey Barton.
Newcastle fans are hoping that Joey has grown up, and certainly his words recently seem to at least to suggest the lad has matured a little over the last six months or so, and we have to hope his violent altercations are now behind him.
Newcastle fans are also aware the only bad news this year about Newcastle United concerns 21 year-old Carroll’s assault charges brought by the police, after he allegedly punched somebody in a Bigg Market night club earlier this year.
This was not the first time Carroll’s been in an angry altercation, since he had an earlier problem last year where he was also arrested in the Newcastle Bigg Market.
And there was that bust-up a year last January (it occurred on January 20th, 2009) when he was in a fight with former Newcastle player Charles N’Zogbia on the training field, when punches were exchanged.
That was shortly before Charles was transferred to Wigan Athletic, when Newcastle got Ryan Taylor and £6M in cash for the Frenchman, who we understand now wants to play for England.
We have seen the comments today on this blog, and it seems most Newcastle fans are taking this altercation with Steven Taylor as a very serious thing for Andy Carroll.
We’ll now have to wait for news tomorrow, or even later tonight after the game, on what the Newcastle club will say and do about the situation.
It could be that Newcastle suspend their top scorer Carroll, and it’s hardly an easy situation for the club to handle at this vital part of the season.
That’s one thing that’s for sure.
We will have to hope the Tyneside club handles this one well, so we can all concentrate on how we can beat Nottingham Forest next Monday night, because after all that’s what’s really important right now on the footballing side of things – and Newcastle are a football club.