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.