Once again Newcastle United are making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Newcastle owner Ashley – will be furious at these recent events
There are now a myriad of reports out which suggest Steven Taylor is recovering in hospital from an altercation with Andy Carroll on Sunday.
And Andy Carroll has at best a murky past in terms of displaying violence, and we had been hoping, for his own sake, that those things were in the past – but we guess not.
Most Newcastle fans are now wanting to know exactly what happened, and we understand Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias are conducting an internal investigation, and will take no action until they have all the facts in front of them.
They will rightly be alarmed and very disappointed that this has happened at such a vital time of the season, with what seems to be a self-inflicted wound to the Newcastle club’s promotion chances.
We do not expect any announcement before the game tonight, because we think that’s the best course of action to aid the team in playing well tonight against Doncaster Rovers.
Newcastle will want to limit the bad publicity as much as possible before the game, in the hopes the club can still secure a good win.
If Newcastle can indeed collect all 3 points tonight, it would help alleviate the pressure on the club, and promotion would still look likely.
But look for something to be announced tomorrow from the club, with presumably some kind of punishment being meted out to Newcastle top scorer Andy Carroll and center-back Steven Taylor, depending on the results of the internal investigation.
It’s also distressing that both players are local lads raised in the Newcastle area.
Carroll is top scorer for Newcastle this season with 15 goals so far.
Newcastle are currently 2 points clear of WBA and 10 points clear of 3rd placed Nottingham Forest, with a game in hand on both teams, so the Tyneside club are still very well positioned to gain automatic promotion unless some calamity occurs.