As we reported this morning Andy Carroll, Newcastle’s England under-21 international, was in front of magistrates again this morning.
Andy Carroll - it’s a weak man who attacks a woman
Andy was granted bail today, but only on condition that he moved in to live with Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan, when he appeared at Tynedale Magistrates’ Court in Hexham, Northumberland, this morning, after being arrested in Ponteland on Sunday.
Carroll was formally charged with assaulting his former girlfriend Laurie Henderson at her home, and it’s not the first time he’s been accused of attacking a woman. There was a similar charge back on 14th September, 2008, when he was accused of assaulting a woman in the Newcastle City center at Pudding Chare, just off the Bigg Market, and in fact this is now his third official charge of assault.
He is due to appear next Monday for his trial on assault and occasioning bodily harm charges in a Newcastle night club last year, and that case is due to be heard in Newcastle next Monday, so this will hardly assist that case, will it?
The hearing this morning lasted about an hour and he will now live with the Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan in his home in Ponteland, where a number of the Newcastle players reside. And Carroll has denied the offense, claiming it was self-defense (against a woman?), and the case has been adjourned until January 10th next year, which means he will have at least another six months of court appearances, which we hoped would all be over next Monday.
Carroll gave his address as the Jesmond Dene Hotel in Newcastle.
We had all hoped these altercations with Andy would have been put behind him by now but this brings up very serious doubts about the character of the 21 year-old. And two of the offenses have been against women, and we’re not sure if it’s the same woman, but it would appear that Andy has problems with his anger, but it’s a very weak man who attacks woman.
And of course in March of this year, he broke Newcastle team-mate Steven Taylor’s jaw, in another angry altercation. We already have Joey Barton at the club, who is the picture boy of what anger can do to a football career, although it seems like Joey has rehabilitated himself over the last year or so.
Joey should sit down with Carroll and explain to him how easy it is for footballers in the public eye is to wreck their football careers, before they even get going.
Andy is a good player, and could become a great player, but if he cannot control himself in his private life he can simply kiss goodbye to having any future success in football. And it will be another case of wasted talent. He has let not only himself down by this, but Newcastle manager Chris Hughton and all those at the Tyneside club who have supported him over the last couple of years.
We were always willing to give Andy the benefit of the doubt up until now, but it’s four different altercations over the last few years if the one that was quickly hushed up by the club (with Steven Taylor) in March is included.
This is very serious – make no mistake about that – and Andy is on probation at the Newcastle club – or he should be.
We don’t care how good he is – if Andy cannot control himself from attacking people – and woman at that – he should not be on Newcastle’s books.