The two sides of the story are coming out about what happened yesterday with Andy Carroll.
Alan Pardew – Andy asked for a new contract at Newcastle
And Alan Pardew has spoken for the first time today about the events of yesterday, and puts a little twist to the story, which makes the Newcastle club look a little better. – even a lot better.
Pardew believes that money was the key factor behind the 22-year-old Newcastle icon agreeing to a record move for a British player.
And Alan says that when Newcastle wouldn’t give him a new contract, Andy asked for a transfer to force the move through – as the club had stated.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“We didn’t force anybody to leave. I disagree with that point.” “He had a contract here for five years, and at some point it would get renewed.”
“But for him to sign in October and it get renewed in January – where would it stop?”
“Personally, I’m disappointed. He’s a lovely lad, and I really like him, but it was his decision, and you can’t change that.”
“Was this about football? That’s what you have to ask. I don’t think it was.”
Newcastle had seemingly rejected Liverpool’s initial offer for Carroll, but accepted the second after Pardew said the Newcastle club would not hand Andy another new contract, that presumably would have seen Carroll stay on Tyneside.
“We turned down a big offer, and they came back with a second big offer.” “We were having a discussion about what we were going to do with that offer when Andy requested to see me.”
“I went to see Andy, and face to face we had a conversation about him wanting a new contract, even though he signed on in October.”
“And Andy said if he didn’t get that contract, he wanted to go.” “I asked him what he wanted, and I went to the board. We had a discussion about what the ramifications would be for the whole club.”
“We took the view, with him signing a contract in October, that this would cause us all sorts of problems.” “We decided that we needed the conversation confirmed, and he put in a transfer request, which he did.”
“He spoke to his agent, and between them they put the request in. We decided with the size of the offer, and what it meant to us, that we would accept.”
“But no club is about one player. We’re absolutely gutted that he’s gone. It’s disappointing, but we’re not in a financial position like Liverpool.”
We think the problems Alan talks about giving Andy a new contract would be the impact it would have on other players, like Steven Taylor and Joey Barton, as just two examples.
Maybe they would think they had now been hard done by and would be in for increased wages – you can see what Alan means about – where would it end?
We’re glad that Alan is not bent out of shape with the Newcastle board, and at some point, fairly soon today, we will start getting behind the lads for tomorrow night’s tough game at Fulham, where a win would be terrific.
Maybe a certain Shola Ameobi can get a hat trick tomorrow night?
Here is Andy Carroll’s side of the story – as told to Steve Wraith.