Chris Hughton Lauds Andy Carroll Once Again

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has given a shot but new interview to Sky Sports today and he is again singing the praises of 21 year-old Newcastle striker Andy Carroll.

Andy Carroll – such an exciting prospect

The 21-year-old now has 16 goals this season which have certainly helped Newcastle stay at the top of the Championship table this season.

After the striker’s confrontation with team-mate Steven Taylor on Sunday, the Newcastle players have circled the wagons and will not discuss the event, because it’s not football related.

But some players this week, including goalkeeper Steve Harper in addition to manager Chris Hughton, have come out and praised Andy Carroll and the vital goals he has scored for the team in recent weeks.

We think this is important because it points to the fact that the Newcastle club want to keep Andy, and presumably help him handle his demons.

Apart from the recent Steven Taylor incident, Andy already faces a criminal trial for assault, after he was in a  fight  with another man at a Newcastle nightclub early this year.

The Newcastle United manager told Sky Sports today:

“With Andy, what we always knew is that he has good qualities and he has good qualities to improve as a player.”

“How quickly he was going to take that on board, we didn’t know, but what has helped is the amount of games he is now playing.”

The Newcastle club has so far handled the melee between Andy and Steven with some skill, and we have to hope that both these fine young players are helping Newcastle do well in the Premier League next season.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • geordie_india

    Mar 26, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Yea..lets hope the problem gets solved as soon as possible…we need both the players playin for Newcastle next year esp both of them bein geordies…lets wait for a happy ending with the two players signing a new contract with all their problems solved. Howay the lads

  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 26, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #2

    Andy is a 20 goal a season in the Prem type of player. If we don’t help him handle his demons, I’m sure Sir Alex will be only to pleased to part with £7m and have a try. He would love to pinch Carroll after failing to land Shearer.

    This is why CH is singing his praises, as a £7m bid this summer might prove too tempting for Ashley. AC is an international class striker, so let’s make sure we hang onto him.

  • boater

    Mar 26, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #3

    @Captain Beefheart.

    I’m not sure Carroll is quite in the 20 goal, 7mil, man u category quite yet. Ferguson normally likes to play ‘wait and see’ with young english prospects. I like your optimism, and fingers x’d this is Carroll’s watershed moment, he has the self-belief to crack on from here.

    It’s all a bit weird this. The word on the airwaves is Taylor is on his way. Carroll has become more crucial to us, as you say by virtue of the excellent form of Williamson, Kadar,, and even Hall.

  • nightfa11

    Mar 26, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #4

    it’s pathetic to read about praises to a player who acts like a retard in his “free” time only cos he scored a few goals. sure, carroll might stay, but others might leave cos of him – his attitude. if i werent a newastle fan there’s no way id share a locker room with carroll/barton type of people.

    i think we might lose some players cos of them & also some players might not sign for us..

  • Thump

    Mar 26, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #5

    @boater: I said in the Taylor post just before about how Taylor told my footie manager he was off to Arsenal after relegation last season (bumped into him in Asda, lol). Just saying, I think the lad made up his mind before this season started and was just waiting for the right offer.

  • Thump

    Mar 26, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #6

    @nightfa11: Christ you do go on, don’t you? Nobody is asking you to share a locker room with them and nobody left over the Barton debacle and I highly doubt that (aside from the obvious) nobody will leave because of this and as I’ve already pointed out it’s been in the works for some time now, seemingly.

    Why don’t you keep quiet until you know the full story, eh? As far as we know Taylor was winding him up – we don’t know owt about it, so let’s stop the speculation and show the other fans and press how to behave.

  • nightfa11

    Mar 26, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Thump – perhaps nobody left cos we had a squad full of money grabbers.

  • wsquare

    Mar 26, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #8

    colo should go, gave him a season in the premiership. he isn’t good enough for it. bassong better than him.

  • Thump

    Mar 26, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #9

    @nightfa11: You can’t be serious. The entire squad is full of money grabbers?

    Get real, mate. Most of last seasons squad is still playing.

  • vivadavidkelly

    Mar 26, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #10

    the word is that the newcastle players dont get on with taylor, and that he doesnt want to be here. they also reckon that the players absolutely love carroll so cant see him being there as upsetting others. this was fairly evident by the reaction to carroll at donny. before the match players were hugging and shaking hands with him. i didnt believe the unpopular taylor rumours but they seem to be coming from everywhere now and it also seems he was doing a bit of a john terry too.

  • nightfa11

    Mar 26, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #11

    i guess we’ll never know who might have turned us down cos of bullies at the club? if a player wanted to play in england & he got offers from newcastle & for instance fulham.. what will he choose? i dont think it will be the team who has a retards who can beat up a team mate on training ground & gets away with…a praise from his manager.

    yes i’m saying that our squad was full of moneygrabbers..we still have a lot of them… a lot of players in our squad doesnt deserve 5% of what they get..they know it…but they’ll keep their mouth shut about it, walk around on the planet like they’re gods, say “sorry” to the fans but do exactly same thing in time.

    true professional was for instance fernando redondo who said they dont need to pay him if he gets injured…or if he misses training cos of domestic matters..acted like human on/off the pitch & always gave his all. that was a player..not clowns such we all know them.

  • gunnarnufc

    Mar 26, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Now he just has to break some teammates skull and they will build him a statue.

    No ok, maybe not. I like him as a player, but he seriously needs to change his ways outside of the football field. He has been showing some seriously unprofessional behavior outside the pitch. And maybe that doesn’t matter football vise, but knowing a player is a violent douchebag off-field somehow lowers my opinion of him. He would probably be my favorite NUFC player right now if it wasn’t for his off-field problems. We don’t need another Barton. I think both of them (or just one, depending on what exactly happened) should be fined for unprofessional behavior by the club. I think praising a player in the media a few days after he sent his teammate to a hospital, a few weeks after being in court for violence, will send young players the wrong signal. But I guess he showed his mental strength by not being effected by this media stuff and scoring that same day.

  • DJG

    Mar 26, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Taylor has allways been a workey ticket at the club for years now, long before all this started up. Thats why people are backing Carroll over Taylor. Also I can see Carroll being a more important player to NUFC than Taylor. For all Taylor thinks he is great, we have seen that he is a CH, replaceable with £1M players like Williamson. Carroll is NOT replaceable. Theres not many english target men (nevermind gateshead) like him atm. He is only 21 and is already our most important striker. Last season he was a bit of a rough diamond but now he looks almost the finished artical. If we dont hang on to him and offer him an improved contract im sure there’s plenty prem league clubs that will.


    Mar 26, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #14

    and lets not forget, he’s 21, and none of us were saints at 21! he has a lot on his shoulders and no doubt takes a lot of stick from different quarters for various reasons… opposing fans as just one example.

    we know he’s not a saint but i’m not going to go over the top in regards his misdemeanors… at 21 i was causing more trouble than carroll… just he’s in a position of responsibility that is a heavy burden on young shoulders.

    as for tayls… always like the kid, has he really hoodwinked us all?

  • OHurley

    Mar 26, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #15

    DJM Toon-

    Spot on m8. At 21, I caused my fair share of trouble too (including a few brawls in the fraternity houses at uni). If the rumours are true regarding how tayls reacted to Carroll’s insistance that he own up to trying to pull a John Terry with his lass, then I’d have done the same thing (and I’m accounted a decent person by nearly everyone I know lol). There’s nowt wrong with droppin’ a lad who’s bein an absolute plonker. Sometimes people just need their block knocked off.

    And seriously lads- does anyone really look at footballers as paradigms of virtue??? If so, then they need their heeds examined.

    Good on ya, Wor Andy. Now get yer heed str8 and keep bangin’ em in for us!!

  • boater

    Mar 26, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #16

    wsquare;;; are you joking about colo? please tell me you are because following that logic the whole squad didn’t cut it and should all be sold,,, bassong!?!?! hardly been excellent at the spuds and his previous two clubs were both relegated so I wouldn’t shed any tears over that lad.

  • boater

    Mar 26, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Ohurly,, would that be paragons of virtue? why is everyone saying that phrase suddenly anyway,, think it was Sav who started it off,, haha

  • iain

    Mar 26, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #18

    dont know if anyone has seen it but you can see carrolls bandaged hands thats right BOTH hands in the mail online…

    taylor must be black and blue if carrols had both his hands bandaged…

  • wsquare

    Mar 26, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #19

    boater with respect spurs are in the top 4. the whole premise of your argument is based on wherever he goes teams get relegated. how laughable. and your argument for danny simpson is that he’s young and full of potential how come the same doesn’t apply to bassong. so shut the f up oaf.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 26, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #20

    @ nightfa11. Dead honest the way you write I’d be scared of sharing a locker room with your “type”…

    … I’d be worried about you starring at my little Willy.

  • OHurley

    Mar 26, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #21


    LOL m8, yeah, first time I heard that was in the film “Oh Brother Where Art Thou?” But it was paradigm of HOPE instead. Good phrase. I like it.

  • nightfa11

    Mar 27, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #22

    GeordieGerman – ur sick…but i guess it’s “normal” to read such comments from a german – the nastiest nation on the globe – apart from japanesse..

  • pobstar

    Mar 28, 2010 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #23

    We are never going to find out the full story buy whichever version is true we are still going to lose one of them in the summer which will not benefit us in anyway. I put this saga down to bad management. This should have been nipped in the bud long ago by CH. The rumours must have been going round. On the Taylor/Carroll who’s worse bit I live in Gateshead and have met Carroll a couple of times. Let’s just say isn’t well liked in fact there was a facebook page to keep him off low fell, so I’m sure there are two sides the story rather than just Taylor bashing


You must log in to post a comment.