Emergency Meeting Called By Newcastle United


We are getting more facts of what seems to have been a confrontation at the Benton Training grounds on Sunday between two of our players.

Derek Llambias – called emergency meeting of players and coaches


An emergency meeting was called by Derek Llambias and the players were told to keep the incident between Steven Taylor and Andy Carroll quiet, and not leak it to the press.

It seems that last for about a day before George Caulkin in the Times got wind of it, and it is being reported that Chris Hughton is about to speak with Sky Sports news.

And indeed Hughton and the first team squad are already in a Doncaster hotel getting ready for what is an important away game with Doncaster.

At the press briefing yesterday, Chris Hughton was asked about the club’s apparent great success in not having sensational headlines in the press and Chris said:

“The fact we’ve been top for most of the season and the fact we’ve shown enough good things on the pitch has allowed the fans to have more good weeks than bad weeks,”

“It gives them optimism about next season that we’re going in the right direction.”

But this is a worrying situation for Newcastle fans, if it means we lose both Taylor and Carroll at this vital time in the season.

We are OK with Steven because of good backup players like Kadar and Williamson, but Andy is only one of two players (Lovenkrands is the other) scoring goals.

This situation has to be handled very well by the club and we don’t want to shoot ourselves in the foot when automatic promotion looks so close, but if the rumors are true it may reflect very badly on Andy Carroll’s character.

This is hardly the first time the Gateshead-born 21 year-old has been involved in altercations, but we’ll not go into any details on those right now.

The thing that’s really important is that the team needs to be ready for the game tonight, and get all 3 points if at all possible.



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21 comments so far

  • Mac

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #1

    If this does indeed seem to be true and knowing Carrol it will be we have to sell him in the summer.

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  • Steve_48

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    This is bloody ridiculous. Top of the League, promotion by no means a cert, but when you’re on Newcastle’s pedestal it does not take too much effort for the red tops to sniff a story and then we’re back in the gutter again.

    Chris Mort was a great communications and PR man for the club and we have sadly missed his public face since his departure.

    Carrol and Taylor grow up FGS – you’re making us easy prey for the gutter press.

    Promotion is the Best thing to happen to Newcastle for years – let’s not screw it up and allow negative press into the changing room and destroy the performance tonight and the remaining games ahead of the run in.

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  • MacToon

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #3

    Carroll breaks STaylors jaw putting him in hospital and effectively ending Staylor’s season, absolute disgrace.

    Does Carroll not realise he is already in trouble with the law and even more importantly should now realise he has a problem and needs to seek professional help and quickly before he destroys his career and his life.

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  • Davy Craig

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4

    It seems to me that Andy Carroll needs help. He can’t go around doing stuff like this. I’ve heard a lot about the nightclub incident and it doesn’t bode well for him if true. He’s actually on bail so it will be interesting to see what will happen. The lad obviously has issues and does stupid things before thinking. It comes back to what would happen to you and I if we lamped a colleague at work (or anyone anywhere) and broke their jaw. P45 and an assault in almost all cases but as we know the working world of football is very different. Tempers flare as physical confrontations are a part of the game, even in training.

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens. Flaming typical when things seem to be going well.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Trouble is because we were so weak with Barton, we kind of set a precedent of allowing this kind of behaviour.

    I wouldn’t mind barton being kicked out as he has done zip for us in 3 years, but Carroll has actually appeared to be developing.

    So it all comes down to morals and ethics and sady we as a club have a pretty poor record on that.

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  • Steve_48

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Seems to me lads it’s a clear case of the amount of cash paid per week is inversely proportional to the amount of common sense and there’s plenty of evidence to support this:

    1. Tiger Woods
    2. John Terry
    3. Ashley Cole


    65. Andy Carrol

    Need I go on?

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  • tappy lappy

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Just when you start to think things are looking up at last something like this happens. This is typical self destruct NUFC and as usual no comment from the club. You could not make it up.

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  • Tel

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #8

    Thats why I am solid, sensible and have more common sense than most……68,000,574. Tel

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #9

    SACK CARROLL we can’t have thugs like him in football. as I said in a previous post he has done this sort of thing before. No matter how good he might be we must mnake a stand against people like him & there are a lot in football. I hope CH doesn’t pick him again this season & boots him out of the club (while retaining his registration) in the summer. Play Ranger & Lovenkrands (or Best untill Lovengrands isn’t fit) tonight.

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  • Tel

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #10

    Hang on lets not get excited, carroll has been by far our greatest threat, and we dont have the facts, its all speculation, one site is even suggesting its an ex text scandal. There is nothing on SSN, and do we really want to threaten our prospects when we are so close? If the decision is made that he has to go, then it should be kept private and allow him to finish the season, then sell for a decent price. Dont forget as pointed out in an earlier post that the precedent has been set by barton’s incidents.

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  • Steve_48

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #11

    There was some talk about giving Carroll the No 9 shirt too. Mistake.

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  • HamarMagpie

    Mar 23, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #12

    Spot on, Geordiedoonsooth. It doesn’t matter how good or important you are on the pitch at the moment. For once the club needs to set the record straight, and do the right thing. Or else they signal that this kind of behaviour is something that is ok at Newcastle United. Carrol has already made a fool of him self with the night club incident, and one warning of that serious kind is enough. Suspend him for the rest of the season and sell him in the summer (If the rumours are true, that is. Unfortunately I have a feeling they are…)

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  • Hepi Mag

    Mar 23, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #13

    If what has been reported is correct then Andy Carroll should be sent packing.

    Im sick of these clowns making our club a laughing stock.

    It is time to draw a line in the sand.

    Every time we seem to be getting some stability something like this happens and we self destruct. Carroll obviously thinks now that he is in the team and doing well he is “Johnny Big Baws” and can do what ever the hell he likes without consequences.

    It is time he learned that NUFC is the most important thing and you don’t shit in your own nest.

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  • greekgeordie

    Mar 23, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #14

    Carrol should go as I already said in another post, but leave Barton out of this incident, he has not done anything wrong and the man has to be allowed to prove what he is preaching in the last months, that he has turned a new page.
    Come on Lads support the team tonight and make Carrol aware that nobody is bigger than NUFC.

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  • Sav

    Mar 23, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #15

    What are you lot on about?
    – We signed Barton AFTER he’d stubbed out a cigar in a trainee’s eye and detached another player’s retina with several digs on the ground. – So we have to get off any high horses over this one. At least, to break a fellow’s jaw, you both are likely to be standing up, facing one another, and unarmed, which is better than either of the Barton examples.

    PLUS we don’t have the facts at all. So lets back off, ourselves. You lot who are losing it and want him sacked ought to be the ones with most sympathy for Carroll.

    Can you not imagine a possible scenario between 2 twenty-two year olds where one may be taunting the other over dating some bird who dumped the other and takes a swing? Were none of you 22? I don’t know what happened in the night club and I don’t know what happened here but I suggest the firing squad stands down until we do.

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  • HamarMagpie

    Mar 23, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #16

    The Barton purchase alone gave me no confidence in Sam Allardyce, and I though a manager with that kind of judgement skills would do the Toon no good. But I don’t see why that excuses this kind of behaviour now… The club needs to draw the line somewhere, and start sometime, and as soon as possible.

    Yes, I have been 22, and yes I have been dumped by girlfriends in favour of other blokes, but NO I didn’t physically torment them. And no, I don’t think breaking someones jaw is acceptable behaviour no matter what. Especially when you get paid £ 20 K a week (or more) for representing the club on and off the pitch

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  • Hepi Mag

    Mar 23, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Sav, when I was 22 I certainly didnt break any of my work colleagues jaws. If I did I would have been sacked on the spot.

    Weve had too many excuses for too long. It is time to send out a message. NUFC is bigger than Andy Carroll will ever be. He needs to learn some respect for the club, for his teammates and for the fans who pay his wages.

    If Barton so much as breaks wind in the dressing room id get shot of him too.

    Im fed up with footballers who are paid from our hard earned cash and think that because they are rich they can do whatever the hell they like.

    If people keep making excuses for them nothing will change.

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Mar 23, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #18

    I’m with Hepi Mag – I’ve never broken anyone’s jaw, either in a nightclub or at work. To suggest this is normal might reflect rather badly on you Sav.

    If he’s a loose cannon, get rid. We can buy another striker but we can’t buy team spirit.

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  • Chris G

    Mar 23, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #19

    I agree with everyone else

    And my favourite quote of the day is:

    ‘It is time he learned that NUFC is the most important thing and you don’t shit in your own nest’

    Well said, Hepi Mag

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  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 23, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Im hoping it was something blown out of proportion….for example an elbow in an aerial challenge.

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  • Sav

    Mar 24, 2010 at 4:03 AM

    Comment #21

    I never said it was normal behaviour. And I thought (and still think) it was a bad move to buy Joey Barton.
    Carroll may well be a bad-tempered little shit. But we don’t have the facts yet. Remember these lads are pumped up at training and super-fit, so its far more likely to happen. I’m simply pointing out that:
    a) The club would look frankly ridiculous to ‘make an example’ of Carroll for this AFTER buying Barton, who did a good deal worse.
    and
    b) asking whether not one of you can envisage any scenario whereby Taylor may have provoked Carroll into raising a fist?

    I’m delighted to share this blog with so many upstanding, righteous citizens ready and able to pass judgement on an instant’s notice.
    You make me feel privileged. Really.

    Fortunately, Chris Hughton doesn’t share your ability and so we got another 3 points tonight.
    Have any of you holy Joes changed your toon since the win?

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