Chris Hughton has talked today about the famous number 9 jersey at Newcastle United, and whether 21 year-old local lad Andy Carroll will get the shirt for next season.
Andy Carroll hugs Kevin Nolan
Some great Newcastle strikers of the past have worn the number 9 shirt including Hughie Gallagher, Jackie Milburn, Malcolm Macdonald and Alan Shearer, so we’re sure Andy knows all about what it means to be the number 9 on Tyneside. We know he does.
Hughton was asked today who would be wearing the vacant number 9 shirt next season and Chris told the Evening Chronicle:
“It has yet to be decided. But the type of character that Andy is tells me he wouldn’t shy away from it if we hand it to him in July.”
“He has got no fear and I think he would simply revel in the situation.” “He certainly will be a good candidate for it.”
“When you look at the greats who’ve worn it, it can be a burden for others, but I honestly don’t think it would be for Andy.”
“He’s not that type of character.”
England also seem keen on making sure Carroll remains available to the England side, after Scotland have said they want Andy to commit to them, but Andy has said he wants to play for England. Good.
Chris talked about the vast improvement Andy made in his game this year:
“With all players you are always looking for an improvement from them each season.” “And I think Andy has certainly given us that.”
“It’s pleasing progress for us and, of course, with the type of player that Andy Carroll is and the age he’s at, we’ll be looking for more development from him.”
It will not be easy for Andy next season, but the lad is still improving and seems to listen closely to what Chris Hughton asks of him.
Chris may still become an excellent manager at Newcastle – but he is already an excellent coach – and few would argue with that.
Andy will not go too far wrong it he keeps listening to his coach.