Andy Carroll was brought up on Tyneside, and when he was growing up, Alan Shearer was at Newcastle, and the local Gosforth-born striker was banging in the goals for both Newcastle and England.
Alan Shearer – was Andy’s idol at Newcastle
We remember when Alan took over the club on April 1st last year, and was immediately impressed with both Andy and young Nile Ranger, who is also coming through the ranks quickly at Newcastle. In fact he immediately promoted Nile Ranger to the first team squad.
And we’re not too surprised to hear that Alan held some private coaching sessions with Andy, to give him some hints on the striker role.
Carroll told The Sun today:
“Alan Shearer was my hero – I watched him play for Newcastle and wanted to be like him,” “He was strong, held the ball up well against defenders, was good in the air and on the ground. He had the all-round game as a striker and that’s how I want to be.”
“When he was my manager for a short time, he was always encouraging me. He used to do some individual sessions with me and you can’t hope for a much better teacher. He gave me a lot of belief that I could do well in this game. I’d love to be as good as he was but, if I can achieve half of what he did, I won’t be doing too badly either.”
“I want to show the England manager and fans what I can do,” “I’m confident in my ability to score at international level. There were questions about whether I could make the step up from the Championship to the Premier League but I’ve done that and, now, I’ve got the chance to do it for England.”
“Being center-forward for Newcastle was something I always dreamed of but to be England’s No. 9 would be special. As a kid, it’s what you wish for. Chris Hughton, my manager, and all the lads at Newcastle are the ones who have helped make this possible. We have a really good, tight-knit group and they were delighted when I made the squad.”
Those are great words from Andy, and we all have to hope he will sort out his private life – we think he will, because he’s getting a load of expert advice from lots of different people.
Alan Shearer had a magnificent career and that may be an understatement.
In 733 first class club games Alan scored 379 goals, and for England he notched another 30 goals in 63 appearances.
For Newcastle Alan broke Jackie Milburn’s record of 200 goals when he hit 206 goals in just 404 appearance.
Alan is also the top goalscorer ever in the English Premier League, and hit 260 goals with Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United.
We wonder how Andy will react to the news this morning that Newcastle have asked the FA not to play Andy tonight, because they just don’t think he is fit enough to play with his groin injury.
If Andy plays and he comes off injured, then the Newcastle club will have every right to be furious, so the FA will have to be very sure Andy is indeed fully fit, before they start him tonight.
Groins are funny things in that they can go at any moment, especially when players play without giving them sufficient time to heal.