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Andy Carroll Altercation An Unwanted Distraction

10:05 am, Thursday, October 21st, 2010 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 4 Comments

Andy Carroll has again been told by manager Chris Hughton that he must put an end to his off the field troubles.

Andy Carroll - new problems are an unnecessary distraction to Newcastle

Carroll was arrested and charged with common assault on Sunday, and we know that’s not the first time this has happened to the Gateshead lad in the last few years.

But Hughton seems to think that it will not impact Andy’s ability to play on Saturday, and of course Carroll must face Newcastle Magistrates on Monday, for a charge of assault and battery, and that altercation happened at the Blu Bambu night club in Newcastle last December.

Hughton talked about Andy’s situation  for the first time today::

“I think with everything you have to learn by your mistakes. You have to learn and he is no different in that respect to anyone else.” “I have got decisions to make regarding the squad, but all those decisions will be made solely on footballing reasons.”

“He is available. I think he is in the right state of mind to play, knowing his personality as I do, he could play on Saturday.”That is part and parcel of the things we have to deal with as a club.” “He is not the only individual you can say that about.”

“It is a challenge week in, week out that you have to deal with and this is another case of something which has to be dealt with in the best way we possibly can.”  “As a manager of this football club it is my responsibility to give him all the support he needs and my thoughts are very much on football matters and the squad that I will pick for a tough game away at West Ham.”

“I have spoken to him. He has been training very well. My responsibility as manager is to have a relationship with all the players, not just him.” “He certainly will be no different to anybody else.”

As usual Chris is not ducking any of his responsibilities as the Newcastle manager, and he is again showing great man-management, and this Londoner seems to have grown in the job since he took over at Newcastle in July of last year.

But one problem this week for Chris is that the Carroll thing is a completely unwanted distraction, in a week after the lads almost lost their 3rd game in a row at home, and Colin Calderwood has left the club, for pastures anew.

However Chris will continue to support his wayward striker, as the Newcastle manager explained:

“He is easy to manage. I think we are all aware there have been other issues with him.” “All individuals are different, but these are issues we have to deal with.” “Every manager would say that, whatever the problems are. I will always do the best I can to deal with these situations that arise.”

“You look at the Wayne Rooney situation at Manchester United. It is a massive one for the club and the manager to deal with.” “There are always going to be these issues.”

“The most important thing is to give him the support and the guidance that he needs and he continues to keep doing what he does right on the training pitch and in matches.”

It’s interesting that Chris compares Carroll’s case with that of Wayne Rooney, but from what we can tell with Wayne,  he’s just fed up with manager Alex Ferguson and wants out, and will now probably leave in January, maybe even to Manchester City, who will pay him ridiculous wages to get him.

There will only be one striker position available on Saturday at West Ham,  but Hughton may still decide to keep Carroll in the team, and that gives Carroll a chance to repay his manager with a good performance.

Chris continued:

“His personality is all about concentrating on his football and training as best he can. As a footballer, I can only speak as I find him every day in training.” “He is player who is very committed to his training. He is a player who wants to do well.”

“He is a strong-willed player who has a determination to do well on the football pitch.”  “These are the factors which not so long ago people were talking about his possible involvement with England.”  “The only factors that have got him to that stage and that level are for what he has shown on the football pitch.”

Andy needs some anger management, otherwise he’ll continue to get himself, and his Newcastle club in trouble, and we assume the club has already done that after his previous altercations.

But as usual Chris seems 100% behind the player, and we just have to hope Andy Carroll will sort himself out in his personal life – and sooner rather than later.

We received a lot of criticism, and that’s an understatement,  earlier in the week for smashing Andy, and in that retrospect it was probably a mistake on our part, as we don’t want to make things any worse than they are at the Newcastle club.

Comments welcome.



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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 listie // Oct 21, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Bet Nolan is loving AC being at his house now

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/evening-chronicle-news/2010/10/21/andy-carroll-s-car-torched-at-kevin-nolan-s-home-72703-27518147/

  • 2 Mags // Oct 21, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    Then wisely Ed – perhaps you would be better not doing more blogs on the subject. I think Listie’s link above says more than any words.

  • 3 Sav // Oct 21, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    Nolan missed last week’s match while he was making a bed up.

    Couldn’t have better manager than Hughton in these situations, imo.

    The torching of AC’s flash motor is a strange one.
    Still, it is pretty clear Carroll is running around with entirely the wrong people, making bad enemies and worse friends. The Nolan gesture is most unusual. I’ve never heard the like of it at any club before and I think it is a very good sign of club involvement, Nolan’s captaincy and the team spirit Hoots has built.

  • 4 Brutooon // Oct 21, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    Hope he dont sleep with nolan’s wife or gf




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