Chris Hughton was obviously relieved that Andy Carroll got only a small fine, when he was at the Newcastle Crown Court yesterday morning.
Chris Hughton – Andy must now put this behind him
But it’s clear that Andy must learn from his mistakes, and Chris has said today that Andy is very well liked in the dressing room, and that’s only one reason he has been given so much support from the club over the last year or so.
This is what Chris said today:
“What Andy has had is a lot of support from the people around him, and the reason he’s had that is because he’s a player and an individual who is very much liked around here.”
“He’s a player that has made mistakes and he’ll hold his hands up to that. He has an opportunity now to put all that behind him.” “Absolutely, I see something in him that’s worth investing all that time and effort in him.”
“I think it’s Andy’s responsibility now. What is important is that today is over and done with and it represents an opportunity for all us, because it’s not all about Andy. It affects all us.”
The court decision yesterday clears the air for both Andy and the Newcastle club this week, but his altercation 9 days ago didn’t help matters at all, although that case against Andy is not as serious as yesterday’s assault occasioning actual bodily harm charge.
Andy pleaded not guilty to that charge and was fined, after he agreed to plead guilty to the lesser charge of assault.
Chris seems pleased the case is behind the club, as he continued:
“It’s something that everybody has been talking about for a while and the end of court case allows us and him to put it behind him, to concentrate on doing the things that he does best and to learn the lessons from what’s happened. I’m quite sure that he will.”
“He has to learn lessons. He’s a young man, but he does have to realise that he has a responsibility – first and foremost to himself, but also to a lot of other people.”
“He is a player that is very much in the limelight and we hope he continues to be in the limelight, but for what he does on the football pitch.” “Anything outside of that, of course, has an impact and he’s the one that is in that position and he’s the one that’s got to learn from it.”
The Newcastle Journal is reporting today that Andy has been fined by the club for his most recent brush with the law, but as usual under Chris Hughton, the club has refused to discuss whether Carroll has been disciplined after recent events.
“Any areas of discipline is always something that’s kept very much in-house, but we have had conversations. I will treat Andy no differently to anybody else, to any other player, but of course we’ve talked.”
Chris Hughton has been outstanding since he became manager for keeping Newcastle’s bad news regarding off the field events, off the front pages of the gossip press, and has stabilized the club to a remarkable degree since he’s been in charge.
You can say what you want about Chris Hughton, but he’s a very good man for the Newcastle club in many many ways.