Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has talked today about how delighted he is that 21 year-old Andy Carroll has signed a new five year deal for his home-town club.
Chris Hughton – delighted that Andy signed up for 5 years
The Gateshead-born striker said the deal was all he ever wanted, and that Newcastle United was the only club he ever wanted to play for.
And Chris seemed just as pleased about the signing, as he said today:
“It is not a surprise that he has signed because all along we wanted him to and he wanted to re-sign for us,” “But this is still terrific news for the football club and for Andy himself because it clears up any sort of speculation that there has been surrounding him. It’s tied down and secured and hopefully now there will be an end to the talk of him leaving.”
“Somebody of his ability and age will always attract interest. He’s English of course, as well, which increases his profile even more.” “I know that there has been significant interest in him as well, but in my opinion he is in the best place for him. I always thought he was better staying here, where he feels comfortable.
“It says a lot about the intentions of our football club as well. We are not a selling club – our intention is to progress and move forward over the next few years. “In order to get back to that level you need to keep players of Andy’s calibre, which is why we’re delighted that he is staying here.”
Newcastle had a disastrous first two years under owner Mike Ashley, and when you look back it could hardly have been much worse, as Mike seemed to make every mistake in the book.
And it was only a short 15 months ago that because of those mistakes, Newcastle ended up in England’s second division.
But in the last 15 months, with Chris Hughton manager at the club, there has been some long needed stability introduced on Tyneside, and the club has performed well under the guiding hands of the unlikely Londoner, Christopher William Gerard Hughton.
And Chris is also one who is only too willing to give the youngsters their chance, if their form demands it, which has not always been the case in the past. And therefore Chris Hughton has to be a good manager to be in control right now at Newcastle – there’s little doubt about that.
And of course on October 25th, Carroll has to go before the Newcastle Magistrate’s Court, on his assault charge, and Hughton says he will guide the youngster through that too.
“Andy is still a young man – and he’s a young man who has had his difficulties. But we’re here to help him,” “We’re supporting him and we’re helping him to develop. I really believe he is in the best place for him at the moment – for all parties it is excellent news that he’s here long-term.”
Newcastle fans will have to hope that this is Andy’s last altercation in public, and we know it’s not his first, but he must quickly learn from his poor judgement off the pitch in recent years.
If he can do that, the future could be absolutely golden for this young lad, born and bred on the banks of the River Tyne.