Macdonald Not Expecting Big Andy Carroll Progress Next Season


We were a little surprised when we read Malcolm Macdonald’s comments over the weekend in the Evening Chronicle on our strikers.

Andy Carroll – must stay on his feet more

We were surprised that Malcolm wasn’t too complimentary on Andy Carroll and he does not think Andy will improve his game big time next season.

But we also know it will be a lot tougher for Andy in the Premiership next season, and Malcolm Macdonald doesn’t think Andy will shine next season.

Malcolm questions Andy’s balance and he says he falls down far too much for a big man. One thing Andy has in his favor is a great coach in Hughton, who has brought on a lot of the Newcastle players  least season.

Well we’ll have to hope that view matches Malcolm’s view of Newcastle last season, when he openly said last summer he thought Newcastle would be relegated to League One.

He was very wrong on that one.

Carroll scored 19 goals last season, and 16 of them were this year, and he currently has just three Premier goals  in his handful of appearances in the toughest league in the world.

Hughton is under no illusions about how tough it will be for Newcastle and for Andy next season in the Premiership, as he continued:

“It gets even tougher now as we head to the top level.” “But everything we asked from him last season, he gave us.”

“One of the areas was his goal ratio and the need to give us a good return, and he passed that test with flying colours with 19 goals.”

“He’s an exciting player and one we’re delighted to have. We’ll hopefully see an improvement.” “He’s a good age and next season is all about the next chapter for him.”

Good words as usual from Chris Hughton, and it’s small wonder the players seem to love him.

If we are unable to significantly improve the squad this summer Andy is one of the players who will become critical to Newcastle’s success.   We have to hope he will keep improving, and we have to think he’ll do just that.

By our reckoning Andy is due in the Newcastle courts later this week on his assault and battery charge, and we’ll be keen to see what unfolds at that  hearing.

Comments welcome.



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11 comments so far

  • Trent Toon

    May 31, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Typical Mcdonald,

    Such a pessimist!!

    He has been wrong about lots so lets not worry!!!

    1) Thought we would get relegated last season

    2) This Article

    3) And all those years back against liverpool saying he was going to destroy them in the FA cup final

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  • Craigg

    May 31, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Good words from CH and who would you listen to:

    A Fine top level coach who had a terrific career winning European and domestic silverware, Played at World Cups and European Championships and has won a league title in his first season as a manager, Celebrating this great achievement with a strong cup of coffee.

    Or a dried up old has been, Who never won anything as a player or manager, Won a few cheap caps in friendlies and celebrated all this by spending most of the last 30 years intoxicated lying in his own piss…

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  • rwpoynter

    May 31, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #3

    Malcolm MacDonald was a great player for NUFC in his day and he performed extremely well for the club. I admit I was a great fan of his particularly as he did not have a huge amount of support and was disappointed when he left for Arsenal but in recent years his comments about Newcastle seemed to be tinged with a bitterness that almost doesn’t want them to succeed. Maybe this is old man’s jealousy about what might have been but never quite happened. I don’t take too much notice of his comments frankly.

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  • snoutshuffler

    May 31, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Malcolm Macdonald – A true legend as a player.

    A waste of space as a pundit/commentator.

    Alan Shearer was a rip off at £15 mill?

    Really Malc? Really?

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  • Ericles

    May 31, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #5

    That is about it Craigg.

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  • Trent Toon

    May 31, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Newcastle should sign Shane Smeltz the New Zealand International that is going to South Africa

    Very impressive and just scored the goal that beat Serbia in a friendly this morning… He has been the A-League top goal scorer for two seasons now and a star player for the last 4 and is looking the class act… Would be able to get him for cheap too.. The only problem would be he is 28 years old…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNDdQ4O-s1E&feature=related

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  • noir9

    May 31, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Supermac was and still is a legend as a footballer…..but he is a terrible pundit & knows nowt. I had the mis-fortune to see him at one of those sporting dinners a couple of years ago & actually ended-up feeling embaressed for him, what a prat.

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  • G

    May 31, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Supermac was a great player, but if you ask your average Bury Town fan, what he is like at spotting talent, motivation, or management in general then you will have a fair reflection of what he actually knows. Its a classic example of me saying that I was once a soldier, therefore I should be in charge of all military management… or in otherwords, complete horses p**s!

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  • G

    May 31, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Incidentally, I also have big doubts about AC, however, unlike superplonk, I am at least willing to let the lad prove me wrong, I will cheer him next season and hope he scores with every touch. I will not, after one or two performances decide if he hasn’t scored to stand back and say ‘told you so’!

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  • Charlietoon

    May 31, 2010 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #10

    I think Chris or someone had a word with him as in the second half of the season he seemed to be a bit more inclined to stay on his feet and have a shot and look what it did for him. Screw Mac

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  • G

    Jun 1, 2010 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #11

    Wheather they had a word, or put a rocket up his backside, it worked Charlietoon. Lets hope he can carry it in the prem.

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