Chris Hughton Keeping Carroll’s Feet Firmly On The Ground


As we said in our piece on Andy Carroll earlier this morning, one thing that Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is trying to do with the 21 year-old is to keep his  feet on the ground.

Andy Carroll – keeping his feet on the ground

Andy has an ankle injury at the moment, but with no games this weekend because of the International break, the injury should hopefully clear up, and Andy should be fit to start the important game against Blackpool a week tomorrow.

But as usual,  Chris Hughton is more concerned with making sure his young striker’s feet remain firmly on the ground, as he told the Journal today:

“Andy is a striker and the one thing you know with strikers is that things can go badly for them as well as good,”  “He has had a fantastic start to the new season and we have been really pleased with his contribution.”

“However, we know that, while he is scoring goals now, there will be a period when he isn’t and that is when the real test comes.” “All strikers have barren spells and he will not always get things going his way.”

“We need Andy to keep his feet on the ground and to keep working hard. He is still learning and we mustn’t expect too much from him too soon.” “Andy is a level-headed lad, though, and he tends to take things in his stride. He has not let anything go to his head so far.”

As we all know Andy has a court case in late October for an alleged assault at a Newcastle night club, and we know he has had his problems off the pitch more than once.  Andy really needs to corral that tendency to get into fights when spending nights out, if he is to become a top footballer.

We have no idea what the verdict and possible sentence will be,  following Andy’s trial, but he has already pleaded not guilty.

We mentioned how important Andy is to the Newcastle team this season, in our article this morning, and Andy may be the lone striker up front as Chris Hughotn may start to use his 5 man midfield much more than last season.

But first of all the ankle injury has to clear up, and Chis Hughton talked about that this morning:

“It’s an ankle problem and it would have kept him out of a game this weekend if we had one, that’s for sure. It looks like it is one that will clear up with rest and that is what he is doing at the moment.”

“He went over on it. He didn’t train at the back end of last week and only passed a fitness test on Saturday morning before the Wolves game. After the game, the ankle had swollen badly and we knew then he wouldn’t be able to play for the Under-21s.”

“We will have to take another look at him when the players came back at the start of next week, but I don’t envisage it being anything serious. It should just settle down again.”

We have to hope that Andy is fit for the game against Blackpool, as no doubt Newcastle will attack the seaside team, in an effort to get 7 points in their first 4 games of the Premier League season.

Comments welcome.



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26 comments so far

  • Stuart

    Sep 3, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #1

    What are the actual odds of Carroll getting some prison time in October?

    I know it can’t be likely and he’ll probably end up with a fine or community service. But what if we’re unlucky and the judge is one of the great unwashed and he takes it on himself to send him down until the end of the season haha.

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  • batty

    Sep 3, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #2

    ffs chris hows he gonna score with his head if his feet are firmly on the ground 😆

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  • short trousers

    Sep 3, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #3

    staurt if he exscspes prison fat ash will sel him for 20mil in january m*

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  • Stuart

    Sep 3, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #4

    because he’s about 6ft taller than anyone else haha.

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  • Stuart

    Sep 3, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #6

    I’ve heard that said a few times like short trousers but I can’t see it happening. Fat Ash has only just managed to get the toon army relatively back on his side. If he were to sell Carroll, no matter how much for there would be uproar amongst the fans and he would be right back where he was during the whole Dennis Wise farse with everyone shouting for his head.

    Hopefully he’s developed a big more sense than that by now.

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  • Stuart

    Sep 3, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #7

    *a bit

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    Comment #8

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    Comment #9

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    Comment #11

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    Sep 3, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #12

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    Sep 3, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #14

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  • Stuart

    Sep 3, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #18

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  • bobby_ollox

    Sep 3, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #19

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    Sep 3, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #20

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  • Stuart

    Sep 3, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #21

    Give me a break bobby lad. Its not as if theres a massive debate raging on this thread. If you want to talk football then go for it. If you’ve got nothing to say keep it to yourself.

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  • Stuart

    Sep 3, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #22

    Guess you don’t want to talk football then…haha.

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  • bobby_ollox

    Sep 3, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #23

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  • lesh

    Sep 3, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #24

    batty // Sep 3, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    ffs chris hows he gonna score with his head if his feet are firmly on the ground

    Very droll Batty!

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  • Stuart

    Sep 3, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #25

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  • bobby_ollox

    Sep 3, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #26

    Black and White ones of course – my apologies – shit day.

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