Andy Carroll is due in court today in Newcastle, and will plead not guilty to charges of occasioning actual bodily harm, following an altercation at the Blu Bambu night club in the Bigg Market last December.
Andy Carroll – after scoring winner on Saturday
Andy Carroll will claim self-defense, but he has had an offer from former bad-boy Joey Barton, who has said he will help Andy get past his occasional violent tendencies, as Joey Barton himself has done these last couple of years on Tyneside.
Joey is having his best season ever at Newcastle, since he joined the club in the summer of 2007 from Manchester City for £5.8M, and he has not only sorted his life out off the field, but he also controls himself on the pitch much better than he used to.
Joey had another excellent game for Newcastle in London on Saturday, putting in the two crosses that led to Newcastle’s two goals in their 2-1 win at West Ham, their third league win of the season, and the team is now up to 9th place in the league.
This is what Joey Barton said today:
“The pitch can be a little bit of a sanctuary – for me more than anyone in the modern game really, I always found it a sanctuary,” “Andy knows where we are and I’ve been in his shoes. I will try and converse with him.”
“My reputation hindered me for a long, long time and I will try and guide him to stop him from going down that path. We are human beings. He’s a great kid and a great lad.”
Chris Hughton surprisingly selected Andy in the starting line-up in London even though he had spent some time in jail in Hexham last Sunday night, after an altercation with his former girlfriend, and then his brand new £150K Range Rover was set alight in the drive of Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan on Tuesday night.
As part of his bail deal, Andy was told to live with Kevin and his wife and two young children, for the next three months, until his next court appearance on that particular case comes up next January.
“Andy comes into training and works hard every day and all the lads in the dressing room support him, as does the gaffer,” “If he loses that then he will be in trouble. But he showed us again with his performance what it means to pull on the black and white jersey and for me as long as he does that it’s nothing to do with me what he does outside the football pitch.”
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has always supported Carroll since he took over the manager position on Tyneside in the summer of last year, and Chris said:
“If I had felt that Carroll would be affected by off-field matters, then certainly I wouldn’t have played him, but I had every confidence it wouldn’t affect him,”
That confidence was justified as Andy had a very good game for Newcastle on Saturday, in spite of the travails of the previous week, and the fact he will be in front of Newcastle Magistrates on that previous charge today.
And he capped off his display with the winning goal, his 5th Premier League goal of the season, a diving header after 69 minutes, from an inch perfect Joey Barton right wing cross.
It was another excellent display from Newcastle away from home on Saturday but it took West Ham to score after only 12 minutes before Newcastle woke up and raised their game significantly after going 1-0 down.
And from then on in there was only one team that was going to win the game, and unhappily for West Ham fans – it was not the home side.