Sam Allardyce managed Andy Carroll back when Sam was manager of the Newcastle club from May, 2007 through January, 2008.
Sam Allardyce – while manager of Newcastle United
And Sam seems to be a big admirer of the Gateshead-born 6’4″ striker, who has quickly gained prominence over the last 18 months or so, with his great play, but also because of some of his off-the-field activities.
And big Sam has come out today and said that Andy has to pick his friends carefully.
This is what Sam told the Daily Mail today:
“He has to learn to make sacrifices in his private life,” “We all have mates who are important to us but he may have to choose his more carefully. ” “It would be a terrible shame for him, for Newcastle and for England if he failed to get his priorities right.”
We all know about Andy’s off-the-field problems over the last three years, so we’ll not repeat them in any detail here, other than to say that his very first altercation was when the big lad was sent home from the England U19 squad in late 2007, while big Sam was his manager.
The news at the time was that Sam gave the then 18 year-old Carroll a real old rollicking – sorry boss!
That was the first time Andy had been in any kind of trouble, as far as we know, and he is thought to have been sent home for breaking curfew within the England camp.
And it just so happens that Sam Allardyce will be back to St. James’ Park with his side Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday night, to meet Newcastle in a Premier League game.
Blackburn beat Wigan 2-1 at home today, and are now in 15th position in the league with 12 points, and we have to assume that whatever happens tomorrow at Arsenal, there will be sufficient incentive for the lads to further back their manager Chris Hughton, and get a second home win on the trot.
Maybe Andy can even get a couple of goals for the Magpies, in front of the admiring Sam Allardyce.