No Guarantees At Newcastle For Starting Place


Chris Hughton has already said it –  that no one player at Newcastle is guaranteed a starting position in the first team.

Andy Carroll – hopes for a starting position tomorrow

And of course, Andy,  after scoring 4 gaols in his first 6 league games was benched last time out at Manchester City, and another local lad, 29 year-old  Shola Ameobi got the start.

So Andy seems to have buckled down over the last two weeks,  and raised his tempo in training as he hopes to recapture his starting position tomorrow against Wigan Athletic at St. James’ Park.

Carroll admits to being disappointed with being left out, as he told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I was disappointed to be left out at Man City.” “But we have a big squad and there are no guarantees with people pushing for places.”

“With Shola Ameobi starting last week, it means I have to train harder and do what I need to do to get back in.” “That’s what you need.”

“If you know you are in the team every week there is a danger you can end up slacking off and take it for granted, and everybody needs that competition.”  “So I can only look at it as a good thing and come back stronger.”

While Andy was included in Fabio Capello’s initial 30 strong England squad for the European 2010 qualifying game this week with Montenegro, he was left out of the final squad and 33 year-old Kevin Davies of Bolton got the call, and indeed his first cap on Tuesday night.

And as far as playing for England is concerned, Carroll said:

“I’ll keep my head down and do what I’ve been doing.” “I was in contention for the England squad.” “That is the first step, and hopefully I can be in the squad the next time.”

“I just need to keep getting the goals, playing well and creating the chances I know I can and putting them away.”

Chris Hughton has drummed it into the lad that what he does for Newcastle is all important, and since Andy signed a lucrative 5 year contract at the club earlier this week, he could well celebrate that with his 5th goal of the season tomorrow.

We hope so in any case, because Newcastle badly need a win against Wigan Athletic, to break our two game losing streak.

Comments welcome.



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14 comments so far

  • john_cena163

    Oct 15, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #1

    Start lov n andy up front

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  • Ericles

    Oct 15, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #2

    Right then – does this apply to Smith and Nolan?

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  • G

    Oct 15, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #3

    when did Smith last start again? I am also pretty certain that currently Tim Krul is pretty much guarunteed a starting place?

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  • GallowgateDJC

    Oct 15, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #4

    He should apply this to Nolan then as his reluctance to drop our captain and go all out against weaker teams could prove to be our undoing this season.

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  • Ericles

    Oct 15, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #5

    OK. It is right and proper that no player is guaranteed a starting place. No player should expect to play the whole 90 minutes either. CH will have to make tactical decisions as the game progresses. So, if somebody is subbed it should not be seen as snub of a player, but as a team decision.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 15, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Nolan anyone !!

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  • G

    Oct 15, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Before everybody vilifies Nolan too much, it worth reading this first:

    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/players/stats?id=7902&cc=5739

    Now honestly, is it really such a good idea to drop Nolan?

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Oct 15, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Apart from Nolan

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  • BeeGuy

    Oct 15, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Says Nolan had a red card last year. I don’t recall it. But if he did, he seems to be the only one to come out of CH’s doghouse after a red. Kivishnavilli disappeared after his red last year and Xisco is still missing in action after his reserve game red this year. Is this a trend, or normal in football?

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  • G

    Oct 15, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #10

    Watford @ SJP Beeguy.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 15, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #11

    Kivanishvilla was injured alot when he signed and i dont think Xisco does enough in training to convince CH that hes good enough to handle the premier league to be involved

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  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 15, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #12

    kivanishvilli**

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  • G

    Oct 15, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #13

    Plus Kivanishvilli wasn’t actually very good?

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  • Brutooon

    Oct 16, 2010 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #14

    Nolan = Captain = Automatic Selection

    Perch = Automatic Selection

    Routledge = Automatic Selection

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