Former Newcastle player Warren Barton now analyses games in the studio for the Fox Soccer Channel in the US, and he said on Saturday night that he knew Andy Carroll, but that the youngster was still naive.
Warren Barton – Fox Soccer Channel pundit in the US
Warren talked a little bit about Andy’s altercation of last Sunday, and that Andy should get his head down from now on and concentrate on what he does best, and that is putting the ball in the back of the net as Newcastle United’s new number nine. Warren explained how the number nine shirt was revered on Tyneside, with the many great players of the past like Jackie Milburn, Malcolm MacDonald and Alan Shearer having worn the shirt.
Warren of course is a big Newcastle fan, having played for the club when Kevin Keegan and Bobby Robson were the managers, when we had a more than decent side, and he always comes across as a great ambassador for the club, with very positive comments about Newcastle and their supporters – last weekend was no different.
Warren does think Newcastle will do no better than mid-table this season, and will probably finish lower than that, but he lauds the job that Chris Hughton has done since he took over the club, when it was on its knees 16 months ago.
And in a remarkably short trial at the Newcastle Crown Court today, the case against Andy from last December was closed out, and Andy was fined £1,000 and had court costs of around £1500 to pay.
That was after Carroll agreed to plead guilty to the lesser charge of assault, in the Blu Bambu night club last December 7th.
And it seems also that Chris Hughton was very pleased with today’s verdict, as he said today:
“We are all delighted with today, but what everybody wants to do is just get back to watching him do what he does best, as he did at West Ham.” “He is still a young lad and he is still a young lad who has improvements in his game to make.”
“We are conscious of not building him into something he isn’t at the moment.” “But he has wonderful potential and he is a young lad who is playing regularly now in the Premier League and if you are able to do that, you are able to make progress.”
Hughton will rest Carroll on Wednesday night, so he is fit and ready to go against the old enemy Sunderland on Sunday afternoon, when we hope the lads can record their first back-to-back league wins of the season.
And Chris is very happy to have captain Kevin Nolan look after the 21 year-old for the next three months, which could be the very best thing for Andy, as he gets a taste for a settled family life with Kevin and his wife Hayley.
They have two children – their daughter is about to turn four next month, and the son is just 9 months old, so they will be quite a handful right now for the young couple.
“Kevin looks after him very well. I think he arranges his supper at the right time and makes sure he is tucked up in very good time to get a full night’s sleep.”
“If the two of them can continue to score the goals and put in the performances they did on Saturday, then I am quite happy with the arrangement.”
We all hope that Andy will grow up quickly, and put these altercations behind him, so that he can concentrate on playing for the famous Newcastle United Football club and wear that number 9 shirt with the great pride it deserves.