Andy Carroll will be tried at Newcastle Crown Court in late October after he denied assaulting a man, following an incident in the Blu Bambu nightclub last December.
Andy Carroll – needs to get personal life under control
The 21 year-old striker’s last court appearance was in early June and the actual trial is now expected to start on October 24th, and will last up to 4 days and there is even the possibility of a jail sentence if Andy is found guilty.
So it’s hardly surprising that Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, who is on vacation again this week in the Caribbean, has said the case is an unwanted distraction at the club. Tell us about it!
Of course the thing that worries a lot of Newcastle fans is that Andy also had that altercation with Steven Taylor in late March, which left Steven with a fractured jaw.
So Andy needs to sort himself out – and quickly. He needs to sort out what sport he wants to be in – Football or Ultimate Fighting.
This is what Hughton told The Newcastle Journal today:
“In an ideal world we would have liked to have got the trial out of the way sooner than October and it isn’t particularly helpful to have it in the middle of the season.”
“But we will continue to support Andy and I have no worries about him. It would have been better for him, and us, if he didn’t have something like this hanging over his head until October, but he will continue to focus on what he needs to do at Newcastle United.”
“He played with distractions last season and did very well during that period. I think he is just looking forward to playing and scoring goals for Newcastle United again.”
“He is developing into a very good striker and he really benefited from playing week in week out in the Championship. Now he has to show he can do it in the Premier League.”
“That is what we want him to concentrate on and I’m sure he will be raring to go when the players come back for the start of pre-season training in July. He is a young man who is still learning.”
Hughton says nothing there about getting Andy’s anger under control, but we understand that Kevin Nolan will take him under his wing, and act a mentor to the youngster.
With Joey Barton also at the club and showing signs of maturing, maybe Joey can also have a word with Andy and let him know that this sort of behavior can and will wreck his career, unless he brings it under immediate control.