One thing that we just loved last season with the Newcastle players, is that they fought and turned up for almost every single game, and some their come-backs – like at Bristol City – where the lads came back from 2-0 at half time to draw and almost win the game, were just great to see.
Andy Carroll – confident about Newcastle next season
We put a lot of that down to the management and leadership of the retiring and seemingly subdued Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, but Chris showed last season he can inspire his players when he needs to.
We say that because that’s the major element missing from the England team – they seem to have no pride and seem far too afraid of failing.
But not so with the brave Newcastle side and Andy Carroll, who are looking forward to the challenge of the Premiership next season.
Andy said today:
“I think we have good enough players – we can’t be scared in the Premier League,” “Last season we scored a lot of goals and we have strikers who can still score a lot of goals in the Premier League. We had four lads on more than 10 goals.
“The service was the most important thing last season. The goals were coming on a plate for me because the ball was being worked into the right positions. The lads around us have helped a lot and they’ll be important again next season.”
Andy has to have a great chance of breaking into the England squad in August as Capello will need to look at new players, especially strikers, to at least replace the woeful Emile Heskey.
Carroll is a target of several big clubs of course, which we expected because he looks so good these days, but Hughton has no intention of letting him go.
Carroll thinks that the stability Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood have brought to the famous Newcastle club,to their immesne credit, will help them prepare this pre-season for some big games ahead next season.
“This summer will definitely be better than last one. As a footballer you just feel more comfortable knowing what is going on,” “Last year all started a bit rocky, no-one knew what was happening in the summer, who was coming and who was going.”
“When we went down to Leyton Orient and got hammered 6-1 I think people were fearing the worst but Chris and Colin were able to ignore everything else that was going on and they pulled us together as a team.”
“They sorted us all out and I think that organisation and that strong dressing room spirit will help us this season too.” For me, I appreciated knowing I was first choice for the first time.” “From November I started playing week in and week out because of injuries really.”
“I got on a bit of a roll, scoring a goal and then getting another one the week after. I think from that point I was picking myself.”
We look to Newcastle next season to continue with their brave play and great spirit, and that in itself is one big reason why we think the lads may even have a decent season next term with the big boys.
But those big boys don’t look so great playing for England, do they?