Immediately after the game last night at Doncaster, the obvious question that reporters asked of Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was related to the reported confrontation between Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor last Sunday morning, at Newcastle’s Benton training headquarters.
Chris Hughton – refused to be drawn on Andy Carroll
But Chris Hughton adamantly refused to answer any questions on the reported incident, as the Magpies extended their unbeaten run to 9 games in which they have won 6.
As we reported yesterday, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has instigated an internal inquiry into the incident, and will take no action until all the facts are known.
But we do know that Steven Taylor was admitted to the Newcastle General Hospital on Sunday with a broken jaw, and was released only yesterday.
He was not at the Doncaster game.
Chris Hughton talked after the game:
“The team have been focused all season.”
“Everybody is aware of things. We have carried the pressure of being top all season and the pressures that go with that.”
“This team is very focused.” “Andy Carroll is a player in very good goalscoring form at the moment.”
“He’s one that we’ve continually said had to add goals to his game and he’s certainly providing that for us.”
“Andy was part of the XI. We’re always working on selection, but he’s a player in very good form. He’s a vital player for us.”
Andy seems to have that knack on the field of scoring vital goals, as he seems to have done so often of late.
But Andy will need to get his act sorted out if he is to remain at the Tyneside club.
And look to Newcastle to take some action to get him into therapy or something, that can get to the bottom of his violent inclination to keep beating people up.
It’s not good.