We’ve seen the two differing accounts of what happened with Andy Carroll yesterday.
Alan Pardew – I will take Newcastle forward
And each Newcastle fan will weigh up what has been said, and then make their own decision about that what they think happened, and that’s the way it should be.
We’re pleased both sides have the story have been aired, and would only ask readers on this site to respect each other’s opinions, and let’s try to give each other a little bit of civility – it can work wonders – honest!
We were worried about how Alan Pardew would take Andy Carroll leaving, but we must say it’s a huge relief that Alan has tried to remain calm about it – because the last thing we want is another new manager on Tyneside.
Indeed, it is another huge challenge for the remaining squad at Newcastle to get the job done tomorrow night at Fulham, and if we can do that – we’ll be absolutely delighted.
Unfortunately the Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Pardew may be interested in bringing in West Ham United striker Carlton Cole in the summer.
We really don’t rate the guy much at all, and would much prefer to see somebody else brought in to replace big Andy, whose career at his local club ended rather sensationally yesterday under somewhat confusing circumstances.
Pardew will need to use every striker he has at Newcastle in the remaining 15 games, to somehow fill the gap left by the departed Carroll, and young Phil Airey, the Amble born 19 year-old, for one, will be given every chance.
Phil is currently out with a hamstring injury, but the 19 year-old 6″ striker will get a chance when he recovers.
And Alan has talked further about how giving Andy a wage rise after just negotiating his new five year deal, could have had negative consequences with some of the other players.
Alan said today:
“We did not want to do anything to destabilize the club.”
“Derek contacted Andy’s agent and said that if he wants to go we need a written transfer request, which he gave us.”
“It was fairly evident once that came in we would have to accept the offer, but still at that point he didn’t have to go.”
“My job now is to take this club forward with out him.”
The powers that be at Newcastle were concerned about what would happen if they gave Andy another immediate wage rise.
Steven Taylor and others then had every right to go and potentially ask for a wage raise too, and it could have catapulted out of control.
I’ve had lot of experience in managing different people and their wages, and in situations like this it can be sticky wicket, and you have to be very careful about what you do.
So we can appreciate why Andy wasn’t offered a new contract.
But at some point it’s time to move forward and put this mess behind us, which is what Alan and the lads will be trying to do today.
If Andy didn’t want to stay on Tyneside – so be it – he’s now a Liverpool player and I'[ll probably not watch too many of their games this season.
I’m not interested what the Reds do – only what Newcastle do.
A win tomorrow night and that red wine will be consumed – promise you that.