Nicky Butt Hoping Carroll Can Become Top Player

There are huge expectations being placed on Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll.

Andy Carroll – huge expectations on the Geordie striker

The latest news is that England manager Fabio Capello has said that he just cannot wait to pair Andy with Wayne Rooney for England  in the upcoming friendly in February, which will possibly be against Uruguay.

Nicky Butt seems to be coming out of retirement to play in Hong Kong for a hefty wage packet, and the former Newcastle captain has talked about the pressure on his former team-mate Andy Carroll.

Butt thinks the expectations being placed on the 21 year-old Geordie striker are unfair:

“It is a bit harsh on Andy,” “He has only been playing for two years and one of those was in the Championship. To put all that pressure on him is unfair. It can damage young players.”

“There are a lot of players who could be the perfect partner for Rooney.”  “Peter Crouch’s record for England is unbelievable. Jermain Defoe has scored a lot of goals.”

“Andy is just starting his career. All eyes are on him. Hopefully it will die down for him, get on with his football and keep out of the press.”

Nicky joined Newcastle in the summer of 2004 when Bobby Robson was manager, and he is well aware that Newcastle is a small city, and there are not too many places to hide for Newcastle players in the city itself.

The population of the City was 189,863 in the 2001 consensus, and the unitary authority of Newcastle had a population of around 259,500.

However, the metropolitan boroughs of North Tyneside (population 190,000), South Tyneside (population 150,000) and Gateshead (population 200,000) are also part of Tyneside, giving the Newcastle-Gateshead metropolitan area a population of 799,000, which is quite large.

Nicky, who is likely to join South China for a three month stint in the new year, continued:

“It really is a goldfish bowl,” “The supporters are so passionate it is untrue. It is a small city and everyone is Newcastle mad.”

“When you go out it is not like Manchester or London where you can get lost.” “There are only four or five bars that lads go to so everyone knows where you are going to be.”

“He is a big lad anyway, so he can hardly hide in a corner.”  “I hope he manages it, though. There is still a lot of work ahead but Andy has the potential to be a top player.”

But we have to say that Andy has done very well so far, and all the attention has not affected his form, that’s for sure, as he played very well for England last week and was Newcastle’s best player at Bolton on Saturday.

We are hoping that Chris Hughton will have the know-how to turn Andy Carroll into a first class professional both on and off the field.

If he can do that then Newcastle and England will have some player in the future.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Nov 24, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Far from a small city,I think Nicky Butt has never been in Newcastle long enough to get the real taste !,What a load of bullocks he talking about !.

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Nov 24, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #2


  • tonesy25

    Nov 24, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #3

    he ain’t really got a clue so i wouldn’t bother listening to anything he says!

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Nov 24, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Nicky Butt is a Attention seeker,This is a man who didnt even live in Newcastle while he was playing for us,I dont see how he can judge us as a small city.

  • DrunkenSteve

    Nov 24, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Lets net get hung up on “small city”. Newcastle is, as Ed points out (population of the City was 189,863 in the 2001 consensus), a relatively small city. However if you were to include the surrounding areas (North Tyneside, South Tyneside etc) Newcastle would be one of the largest in England. Lets not forget the village of the damned would still be classed as a town if they hadn’t increased its boundaries to include Wishington and Manchester played a similar “trick”, creating “Greater Manchester”, to become the so called capital of the north. Weather or not Newcastle should do the same is another question but personally I like things the way they are. 🙂

  • ronaldeano

    Nov 24, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #6

    If Newcastle is a ‘small city’ then Sunderland is a teeny weeny one!

  • halliday_nufc9

    Nov 24, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Newcastle isn’t a small city.
    It’s one of the biggest ones in England.. Especially with surrounding areas! Almost a population of one million.. Remember this was in 2001 as well. The city has become a lot more stylish in the last 10 years.
    Only places like Liverpool, Manchester, London and Birmingham is bigger.
    Tyneside conurbation is something like 5th largest in the UK!

  • SGToon

    Nov 24, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #8

    I usually post if I have something to debate about … but …

    ronaldeano … hahahaha … … hahahahahaha … u r bloody hilarious

  • ronaldeano

    Nov 24, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Thanx SGtoon, il be here all week…..


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