Hughton Will Keep Any Problems In-House At Newcastle

One of the strange things that happened back on Sunday, March 21st, was an altercation between two of our younger players, and we got to know about it on the following Tuesday morning.

Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood – will keep problems in house

Newcastle had just returned from a  tough game at Bristol City, where they were woeful in the first half and were 2-0 down at  the half, but then came storming back to draw the game in the second half, and were a little unlucky not to get all 3 points.

On the next day, a Sunday morning during a warm-down, there was an altercation between Steven Taylor and Andy Carroll, presumably about a girl, and Steven ended up in hospital with a broken jaw, and Andy had damaged hands.

Chris got the players together and the lads said they would not tell the press anything about the incident, and when they were interviewed if  it came up they would not comment.

The news broke on the Tuesday morning of the Doncaster Rovers game, but would you believe it – the lads won 1-0 with a great goal from who else – Andy Carroll – who played with black gloves on in that game.

That points to the fact that Hughton the coaching staff are really together and will do things to protect the club from bad publicity, when things like this happen – these things happen at all clubs after all.

This is what Chrios said today about altercations like that:

“What you have in a season is that you will have problems that you have to deal with. that is the norm and that will be the norm in any season you have,”

“Unfortunately some of the problems get out and some of them don’t. That would be the norm at every club.”

“The ideal way is to keep everything in-house. Sometimes that is not possible. But also you know that when things are going well you can ride things easier than when things are not going so well.”

“We have been fortunate that things have gone well for us for most of the season.”

One of the gossip papers, The Guardian, even seemed to get annoyed by the fact the incident  was kept quiet and used the event to show how weak Chris Hughton was.

Well, we thought the opposite, and thought how strong Chris was in the face of adversity,  by keeping he squad together and even winning away from home that same  night.

But of course it’s not the first time Andy Carroll has been involved in this stuff, and he has to be punished for what happened.

Andy is on a short leash right now, and really cannot afford many more errors of this sort, and he still faces an assault and battery charge later this month in the Newcastle courts.

We have to hope Andy can sort himself out, but it’s essentially up to him now.

If  he doesn’t sort himself out – then he can kiss goodbye to a potentially great career – it’s almost as simple as that.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Young_Mag

    Apr 16, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #1

    Dont want another off-field Joey Barton 😉

  • The Entertainers

    Apr 16, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #2

    very harsh to tar the whole of the Guardian newspaper with one womans crusade to write swill about our club……….Lets stick to facts, unlike like Louise Taylor…..ha ha.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 16, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Carroll is a THUG I think we should sell him & buy another forward with the money

  • Bucks mag

    Apr 16, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Whoever found a link to that interview with Stevie Taylor at the Sheff United game, it was really interesting.

    I’m pretty disappointed he didn’t go on the pitch after the match, hope he does for the Ipswich game. It’s great to see the squad unity, and he’s played an important role this season.

  • Ericles

    Apr 16, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #5

    We do not need to wash any dirty linen in public. Internal club affairs are matters to be dealt with internally. I bet Louise Taylor does not wash her dirty nickers in public eh?

  • Ericles

    Apr 16, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Chrs says there might be a problem flying to Plymouth. There seems to be a lot of hype about this Icelandic dust cloud. OK – long haul high altitude flights are a risk to jets at present. But Plymouth? Not enough height will be attained on such a short flight to get anywhere near the cloud. Anyway – why not go by boat? Why not let the train take the strain? Traditionally Geordies have had more to do with ships and the railways (which we invented)! Make a weekend of it lads and come back home champs. Enjoy!

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Apr 16, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Geordiedoonsooth ,

    Do you know Big Andy personally. I am guessing you do since you are calling him a thug. I’m sure you were on the scene for his fight at the pub and the one on the training ground as well. Come on man, whatever happened to sticking with our players through there ups and downs. Im sure Andy Carrol is not a saint, that being said none of us are. But the lad has played really well this year and is a hometown kid who knows all about the pride of playing for newcastle. Therefore i don’t see whats to gain for pawning him off for some average forward who could care less about the toon army and just wants to grab acheck…



    Apr 16, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #8

    Geordiedoonsooth i take it if some1 was tapping your missues up in the pub you would just stand there and do nowt about it.You really want to sell 1 of the best prospects to come though our ranks in years cause i dont.Look at his first assult on mr insomia who had all these big teams after him according to him, was a different team every day going to sign him, carroll there just done what i think most of the fans would of liked to do to him at the time.And which huge club bought mr insomia in the end,oh yes that huge club steeped in history wigan.As for what happened with him and steve taylor let mr hughton sort out what happened, and me i like the way the clubs kept the incerdent in house.

  • stuart no9

    Apr 16, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #9

    can taylor and carrol play in the same side again ? i doubt it, one has to go, sadly i think it will be taylor , in my opinion a NUFC legend. the only player i know that leaving the toon would brake his heart, he is NUFC he bleeds , dreams, breaths black and white. what a loss he is going to be,what a great footballer, all because some thug sticks one on him, a thug who could not clean taylors boots, hopefully he gets into more trouble(which he will) end up like barton then NUFC will do what they should do now , and get rid, we ve had toomany of his type over the years we dont need any more


    Apr 16, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #10

    stuart no9 saw an interview with chris the other week he seems to believe both will be staying with us.

  • stuart no9

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #11

    nufcelite if thats the case then good, but you must admit , andy needs to clean his act up, if he is going to have a career here , or any where else, i believe problems should be sorted internally, but smacking a teamate and putting him in hospital, is crossing the line. luckily we didnt need tay , but what IF we needed him to stay up or whatever,this happens , we go down, i am sure the fans would nt have been singing his praises then, the fans would have destroyed him , if it was over a bird , it could nt have been the one my son seen him in the bigg market with 2 weeks ago, a right minger by all acounts, hope he sorts him self out,


    Apr 17, 2010 at 1:47 AM

    Comment #12

    stuart no9 hear what ya saying there mate,and agree he needs to sort himself out.Think barton needs to have a word with him myself, and i know people are going to think im crazy, but if the worst comes to the worst, and he gos to prison he needs wiseing up on what to expect.Hopefully the screws will have the sense to send a good few newcastle supporters with him if he gets shiped out to another nick,hopefully a couple with violent records to make sure nobody takes the piss out of him.If he dont go to prison i think nolan will keep an eye on him and put him on the straight and narrow.But to be honest i think a prison sentence is on the cards.Had a mate not so long back got 18 months for the same thing, and that was his 1st offence.


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