Alan Pardew has come out today and said again what every Newcastle fan wants to hear – that 21 year-old local star striker Andy Carroll is not for sale.
Andy Carroll – another goal for the big striker
Andy has been linked with a £20M move to Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend – and guess what?
Andy will be been linked with a £20M move to Tottenham Hotspur (and probably some other clubs) next weekend too.
There’s little doubt that Carroll has been one of the most exciting players in the Premier League this season, and the Gateshead-born star has 10 goals in 17 games including a hat-trick and a goal in each of his last four games.
Alan has said that in the intense negotiations he had before coming to Newcastle, he was keen to get assurances from the Newcastle hierarchy that Carroll will not be sold – and he seems to have received those assurances.
But that doesn’t mean Mike Ashley will not sell Carroll if the right offer comes along – like £30M. Mike Ashley’s word had been shown not to mean too much in the past.
And if you think £30M is a ridiculous, we remind you of the Manchester City, who are daft enough to pay way over the top for all their players.
After all, they paid around £25M for James Milner, who cannot get his starting place at the club now.
Alan Pardew has made it clear from day one that Carroll must stay, and that Newcastle must do everything they can to keep him.
Pardew told the local Evening Chronicle today:
“It does get boring but it is not going to stop – it will never stop.” “It won’t stop because he’s a talent and that’s what happens at big clubs.”
“We have to have a big-club mentality and hold on to our best players.”
“It just goes to show you his value at the moment. Andy just has to keep working hard and doing what he does best. His career path is here.”
“He has already proved that playing for Newcastle United will not hinder his international career.” “So why does he need to go?”
“He loves it here and loves the fans – long may it continue.”
Those are good words from Alan, and even comforting for the Newcastle fans, and probably also directed at Mike Ashley.
But of course there’s the always present danger of Mike Ashley coming in and doing something stupid – again – and fans and even Alan himself can do absolutely nothing to stop that.
But we’ll try to ignore both Mike Ashley and the possibility of him dropping more bombs on the Newcastle club, and we’ll simply support the players 100% and Alan 100%.
It worked pretty well last season, when the fans supported the players and Chris – and things started to go very well indeed. Maybe the same thing can happen again this season.
Alan has come into a a terrible situation at the club, but still managed to come across as a down-to-earth guy with some good common sense. Not unlike Chris Hughton.
And it’s obvious to everybody he wants to become a big success on Tyneside, and that he cannot believe his luck that he is now manager of Newcastle United.
We hope he does become successful, and he’ll have a good chance of that if he can hang onto top players like Andy Carroll, Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan, Cheick Tiote and the like.
And that’s exactly what he is attempting to do with his words today.
Mike Ashley – are you listening?