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.