We are told that Mike Ashley has ordered an internal inquiry into what exactly happened last Sunday morning between Steven Taylor and Andy Carroll at the Benton training ground.
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And today it seems like it’s Steven Taylor’s cheek-bone that was damaged and not his jaw, but he will still be out for the rest of the season.
Both are local lads and both have supported Newcastle United since they were kids, and both came through the Newcastle Youth Academy successfully, and we are told in the Journal this morning that the Newcastle club will be holding contract talks with both lads in the summer.
It will be interesting to see what punishment Newcastle will give out – and when – once the results of the investigation are in.
Of course Andy is Newcastle’s top scorer with an impressive 16 goals so far this season, and is playing better than he’s ever played at Newcastle and certainly the confrontation hardly affected his form on Tuesday night, when he scored a great winner for the Magpies.
So we think it unlikely Andy will be suspended by Newcastle during the remaining five weeks of the season, because that would be shooting the club in the foot, at the worst possible time.
But Andy has to curtail his violent ways before he ends up in jail like Joey Barton did, and of course he is already charged with violent behavior in a civil suit which is now pending in the courts.
We don’t know exactly why Andy is so abusive but having therapy doesn’t hurt, and it may be able to get to the bottom of the reasons for his violent behavior.
These two Newcastle supporters and players should be brought together in a room (I’m tempted to say with padded walls) and told to work out their differences, and even have something put into their contracts relating to their future behavior at the club.
Recent news about selling one or the other in the summer is premature and the club should try to keep both of these lads.
Not only are they budding stars in the making, but both are England U21 Internationals, and Newcastle United will always need local talent in the team.
So maybe a hefty fine is in order, a warning to their future conduct and something put into their new contracts in the summer that any future incidents between them will be dealt with severely.
That’s what we’d like to see happen, but whether that’s possible or not we have no idea, because we just don’t know enough about the confrontation and what exactly happened.
What do you think the club should do about this situation?
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