Mike Ashley Playing With Fire If He Sells Local Hero Andy Carroll

There is the usual rubbish coming out in tomorrow’s Sunday newspapers, about clubs wanting to sign Andy Carroll.

Mike Ashley – not the most liked man on Tyneside

And one report is that Tottenham will bid the equivalent of £15M for the 21 year-old England striker.

The London club will offer both Robbie Keane and David Bentley in part exchange, players Tottenham hardly ever play by the way.

But we suppose Harry Redknapp needs to offload Robbie to some team in January, but it will hardly be Newcastle.

Newcastle have Carroll in top form this season, and Nile ranger is also coming through big time, and the 19 year old Londoner should be getting quite a bit of playing time through the end of the season – so we’re not too sure we need more strikers in January.

Alan Pardew has said last week that he doesn’t want to sell Andy Carroll, and that was discussed with the hierarchy before he agreed to manage Newcastle last week, and there was a report that Mike Ashley said he wouldn’t sell Carroll either.

But since Mike never seems to talk to the Newcastle fans, who are his customers of the Newcastle club by the way, we have no idea if that’s true.

But Ashley and Llambias also famously said they would negotiate a new contract with Chris Hughton at the end of this year, and they didn’t do that.

They are simply not to be trusted – and that’s based on previous facts and experience. It’s not an opinion.

But if a PL club does come in with a £20M offer for Carroll, and the club accepts it, then there will be some huge problems on Tyneside.

Just when  the club was going through it’s first period of stability since the nonsense relegation season, when Newcastle were made to look like a complete laughing stock, what does the owner do last week?

He sacks the manager who had just got the club promoted back to the Premier League at the very first attempt, and saved the owner about £100M in the value of his club in doing so.

Go figure how the mind of Mike Ashley works – we gave up a long time ago.

We thought it may be possible for Ashley to rehabilitate himself with the  Newcastle fans,  after he had said last year that he had made massive mistakes, after the club was finally relegated.

But the sacking of Chris has made that completely impossible – and it will now never happen.

The vast majority of  Newcastle fans look forward to the time when the owner sells up, gets out of  Toon, and ends his nightmare reign on Tyneside.

37 comments so far

  • Howay The Lads

    Dec 18, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Never gonna happen.

    Tottenham already have Defoe, Crouch, Pavlyuchenko and Van der Vaart that can all play up front. And that’s without Keane!

    Carroll is only being linked with them because of the Hughton issue and the fact they’re good.

    I really don’t know why you give this the time of day, Ed

  • daffy

    Dec 18, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Good result for yous today.
    See Bruceys Red & White army still on the march to the top!

  • carrollsinger

    Dec 18, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #3

    If Ashley sells him abit harsh but he will be killed simple as

  • alex84

    Dec 18, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #4

    yeah if he sells it would his biggest ever mistake!

  • Jose Enrique

    Dec 18, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #5

    we need another striker because we are starting SHOLA AMEOBI upfront and if he is our second best striker then we need a new striker!!

    and if a club is willoing to offer 20+million you couldnt really complain if he sold him we could buy 3 really good players with that money.

    i still wouldnt want him to leave though 🙂

  • ganiyu

    Dec 18, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #6

    As long as tiote nolan and barton are not sold i have no problem.carroll wont leave newcastle as long as he makes the national team.alan shearer could advice hin.

  • boater

    Dec 18, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Just when I think an article has reached the very pinnacle of foolishness, I read Jose Enrique’s comment and remember there is always another level of crass stupidity.

  • GeordieDan

    Dec 18, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Ah Daffy, Daffy , Daffy,

    Where have u been? I see u did the amazing disappearing act when we stuffed ur miserable lot 5-1 the other week!

    U manage to slither back under that slimey little rock you came from did u, u sad little tw*t?

    Shame u have to come on a Newcastle blog to get decent banter isn’t it. Mind u I wouldn’t waste my time talking to u useless fu*kers either.

  • dave 1961

    Dec 18, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #9

    what if man city offer £50 million then things could change

  • daffy

    Dec 18, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Geordie-Dan , shows you know less than nowt , Icome on this blog just after the derby defeat & alot on here will agree i didnt hide but hey alots happened after that , ie us winning alot of games & climbing to joint 5th ! Roll on Jan 16th .

  • ronaldeano

    Dec 18, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #11


    How did it feel when Nolan kissed the camera after banging in his 3rd goal against your pathetic little outfit a few weeks back? I bet you felt physically sick did ya? Mrs Doubtfire, (your Geordie manager) certainly did!

    You will have the same feeling when we do the same at that shiithole ground you play in


  • Toonboy_84

    Dec 18, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #12

    Oh Daffy you are pathetic little cnut. Why do you bother? Do us all a favour and GTFO!

  • Toonboy_84

    Dec 18, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #13

    Back on topic.

    Big lad won’t be going to Spuds end of!

  • loothas

    Dec 18, 2010 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #14

    Aye roll on jan 16th! So we can pan you’s two times in a season! I feel another 5-1 comin

  • jimiley

    Dec 18, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #15

    Why is it rubbish? So why recount the story to give it credence?
    It was rubbish in the press all season long that Hoots job was in danger and guess what? The rubbish is true. Anything reported in the press we do not want is called rubbish by yourself. But it may be true.
    Ashley playing with fire? Well I am sure he really cares. He will just pocket the money and laugh at all the indignant bloggers. The man does not give two hoots. He did not even give one. Sorry for the pun.

  • Dennis Twice

    Dec 18, 2010 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #16

    Bannnn daffy!! Ban ban…gang bang Daffy little puppy!!

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Dec 18, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Daffy you still smashing your sister up the Gary??

  • NUFCMarshy

    Dec 18, 2010 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #18

    Daffy – come on now mate – your goal was incredibly flukey today – and ‘clattermole’ should have been off The pitch for his nasty tackle after his first yellow!

    Add that to the fact it was only sheer bad luck on boltons side that stopped them from equalising – and it’s hardly a ‘march to the top’ but more of an uncertain stumble . I hope your boys do stay up though – derby days – win or lose – are always great games! So the more of those the better! Roll on January!

  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 18, 2010 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #19

    TBH i’m elated with where we are in the league

    I said at the beginning of the season that i wanted 3 things from Newcastle

    To beat Sunderland
    To beat one of the ‘big 3’ (Chelsea, Man U, arsenal)
    And To stay up

    So far i cannot complain and we all know that secretly, we’re all delighted with where we are, no matter whats gone on at the club and that maybe next season is the time to push for europe

  • ganiyu

    Dec 18, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #20

    Newcastle united for lyf

  • StuW

    Dec 18, 2010 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #21

    We have been linked with Humberto Suazo, Djib Cisse, Bogdan Stancu and Amr Zaki. Would like Suazo or Stancu, but we cannot afford to lose Carroll.

  • StuW

    Dec 18, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #22


    ^^ Stancu. Something we are vastly missing.

  • Thump

    Dec 18, 2010 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #23

    I could make a YouTube video and make my 10 year old brother look like he could challenge Messi for Footballer of the Year. That video is not impressive.

  • branunited

    Dec 19, 2010 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #24

    if it occurs ashley carroll sell, I traveled from Mexico to England only to kill him (not true), most stupid you can make is selling to Carroll, if he wants to get funding to make hiring, I feel There are players who really should be sold, including: Shola Ameobi (a party is a crack and five just a nuisance), Leon Best (never used it to) Xisco (I like how he plays, he has given no opportunity and whether they will pay too much for someone who does not play has no reason to be), ALAN SMITH (is no good player, but already has 30 years of age who gave us what we had to give, it’s time to sell) maybe sell SOL CAMPBELL (of course in the untidy to renew steven taylor, maybe there is the key).
    the sale of those players will raise about $ 8 million, and is it true that ashley December, which will give 12 million to Pardew, we would have a total of 20 million euros to spend, we reach to sign 3 or 4 juadores good (Ola Toivonen, Adam Johnson on loan, David Nugent, ryan babel, lucas, etc)

  • Rodzilla

    Dec 19, 2010 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #25

    Mike Ashley could sell wine like turpentine to painters.


  • Sav

    Dec 19, 2010 at 2:42 AM

    Comment #26

    Come on, Ed, chillax.
    I love these stories. They give me a warm Xmassy glow. Its all about soem Spuds-fancying hack realising that for all their cash and swagger, ‘arry’s Spuds do not have a striker to compare with AC. Not Crouch, not Pavliowhatsname, and not Defoe. It is also an acknowledgement that they are also-rans against the big 3 and with moneybags City improving on the rails, Spuds are still actually heading backwards.
    And the deal they dream up – taking unwanted Bentley and (leaving anyway) Robbie Keane, to reduce their wage bill? Well, that’s the best part= Sheer genius.
    Only one thing wrong…..
    It ain’t happening.
    My Cash-ly may be crazy, he may be bad but he isn’t stupid. 2 more years into a 5 year contract with a string of caps and proven Premier League pedigree, AC will be worth a lot more, not less. It is them we need to worry about such stories. But for now, Ed. Its okay to laugh them off.

  • Oleg G

    Dec 19, 2010 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #27

    Oh yeah… If he will sell him …. NOTHING WILL HAPPEN!!!!

    why? Because Newcastle fans are a bunch of scared little girls (and I say this with love). But seriously. Like nothing happened the last 20 times that people said “if this will happen”… This will be the same. People will bitch in forums, blogs and open groups on facebook, and that will be pathetic and useless.

    With all due respect to everybody, who ever is saying – I will do this and I will do that – You probably won’t. And who said here “if Man U will offer 50M…” They will not offer that ridiculous amount of money, wake up., where are you getting this from? Lala land?

    I just hope Carroll stays, and in general, that the team will not break apart and just get stronger. We have a strong side that just needs a little bit reinforcement.

    (PS – Hope we will kick ass in the Man City game, specially get one player who we all remember from last game)

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Dec 19, 2010 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #28

    Now Ancelotti want our Carroll and he told espn that he doesn’t bother with Carroll sign new 5 years contract . To be honest i believe with Carroll loyalty to the fans and club but, i am very scare about Ashley, he wants making money. That my opinion.

    Do any NUFC fans know about dealing player contract?
    Can owner sell player who in contract agreement?

    This what make me feel we need owner with vision to make us have pride, and win trophies. Like Mancheeting, their owner not bother to buy and pay overprice player just to win in game, but it’s not that what i want, my opinion is we need owner who want to win us trophies and make us pride again.

    We (NUFC FANS) must do somthing to make sure Mike Ashley in the right direction. Please!!

    To me Carroll will never sell his soul to other club.

  • jimiley

    Dec 19, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #29

    He will sell his soul for 20 mil and 100K a week. Simples.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 19, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #30

    Tody it’s crouch and keane for carroll !

    Why on earth would we want 2 players the wrong side of 30 (well crouch nearly is) on 80k a week

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 19, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #31

    looks like the Qatari dream is over. B……y manure again !!

  • alannewman

    Dec 19, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #32

    NO. He won’t be in fire.
    He can do whatever he wants, and the so called proud Geordies will never have the guts to defend the club.

  • Phil K

    Dec 19, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #33

    Its the London press doing this.
    No doubt Redknapp would love Carroll. So would Wenger, and many other managers.
    The rag writers as much as Redknapp want Carroll (who they mocked, remember and tried to attack him through their rags, at the beginning of the season) away from Newcastle and in London. Laughably, they’re trying to suggest old has-beens like Keane and Crouch – both WELL past their sell by date. These two will be ending up at lower end clubs by the end of the season anyways.
    And remember – Keane has turned his nose up once already.
    F**k them both.

  • Phil K

    Dec 19, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #34

    Welcome mate.
    Good to see the makems doing well.
    Makems deserve a good side as well as we do.
    Other clubs fans have no right to get on our case, the makems have every right. Works both ways, we take a shot at your lot, we get shot at in return.
    Laws of football nature.
    Wouldn’t have it any other way !

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 19, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #35

    Ashley wants to sell the club at some stage in the future. You get more money for a car with an engine as you get for a car without.

  • cupiddstunt

    Dec 19, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #36

    I agree with what you are saying GG but ashley’s decisions have been baffling to say the least, common sense tells you to hang onto AC as he should only get better and be worth a lot more.

    But to stick with your car analogy he did get rid of a perfectly good satnav that had steered us from the fizzy to a very respectable place in the prem.

    So I would not rule out the risk of him selling our twin turbo’ed monster of an engine cos he is offered a good sum and try to replace it with a couple of misfiring high mileage high maintenance items that are sitting fourth or fifth in line at the spuds garage.

    We can only hope that Ashley can see the sense in keeping bigger boy as he has just signed a new contract on a respectable wage so he has AC for five years on fairly low wages, why swap that for someone who cannot get a start at spuds but is on and will be asking 80 to 100 grand a week.

    I know it does not make any sense but Ashley and llame-arse do appear to have the football knowledge of an elephants scrotum.

    I for one am not holding my breath……

  • willowdalerez

    Dec 20, 2010 at 4:26 AM

    Comment #37

    I’ve stated before and and I’ll state it again – I do not put it past MA and Llammerscammer to sell Carroll for a princely sum with no heed for the Club’s future fortunes or sense for his future worth or the morale of supporters.

    That said… I’m not worried as to this report as this particular swap is definitely not on for one reason and one reason alone… Cashley is all about the money and he’ll not take on any deal involving new players to NUFC with significant salary expectations to throw of his “lean and tight” as she goes salary structure… Say what you like about Big Mike but he has that at least down to n absolute science and even Redknapp himself won’t be able to scr*w with it in any way by offloading salary onto an crafty tightwad like MA… He wants to clear a profit on a deal… not generate a legacy payment for upfront cash this is to be a firesale not a borrowing or Carroll stayings put!


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