The Text Messages Between Steve Wraith And Andy Carroll


I have been asked to put out the text messages sent between Andy Carroll and Steve Wraith over the last two days.

Andy Carroll – Liverpool striker


So here they are:

Sunday 30th January 14:37

SW: Are you leaving mate?

AC: I’m not going anywhere mate.

Monday 31st January 16:28

SW: Liverpool in for you mate. Any truth in that?

AC: Dunno what’s happening yet still mate. Thanks.

17:02

SW: Sky Sports say it’s a matter of time mate. What’s club said?

AC: they have kind of said we don’t want u but want me to say I wanna go. And I said I don’t want to go.

17:26

SW: Have you put in a transfer request?

AC: No I didn’t that’s what I mean that’s what they wanted me to do and I said no.

17:27

SW: So they want you to go?

AC: They said they wanted to accept it.


17:28

SW: So you have no choice?

AC: Looks like it.

17:31

SW: Your agent will be doing OK out of this. When you going?

AC: I don’t know mate. Gutted tho.

17:32

SW: Any message you want put across to the fans? I’m happy to do that for you mate.

AC: They said they wanted the money.

17:37

SW: Anything else?

AC: Gutted to be leaving Newcastle but I was kind of pushed out the door.


17:41

SW: That it?

AC: Just what i’ve just said really. Gutted to be leaving my home club but I was practically told to go. Didn’t want to leave that’s why i signed a 5 year deal.

17:47

SW: I will pass these onto the press lads I know.

AC: Sound mate.

17:56

SW: Can you give press lads a call to do an interview when deal done?

AC: I will yeah. I will speak to him later. Bit busy atm mate.

I think I’m going to be sick.

Here is Alan Pardew’s take on what happened yesterday and he says Andy wanted a news deal at Newcatsle and when it was refused he asked for a transfer.



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118 comments so far

  • jimmyxavi

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Thats aload of shit – He turned down an interview from Skysports yesterday and then again this morning! He’d already signed for liverpool so there was no reason why he couldn’t!

    Andy Carroll wanted more money – Liverpool gave him £80,000 a week and he recieved £3.5m from the transfer!

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  • PrinceAlbert

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #2
  • Mac

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed are u kidding me. Why are these texts getting so much air time. It’s shite. Why would Steve Wraith have Carrolls number. As i siad i went to School with him,nice guy but a no one. If Carroll wanted to get a message out why didn’t he contact the various media outlets available. Put it on his web site. Steve Wraith are u kidding me

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  • eplforecast

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #4

    You guys have to be STINKING STUPID to think this was not a good move.

    CARROLL IS NOT WORTH THAT MUCH.

    If you heard, the day after he was declared pretty much injured by the club doctor 8th January 2011.

    Carroll then proceeds to drink himself stupid at Aspers Casino, 5 Jagerbombs, with at least 8 pints in a few hours. And falls down on his injured thigh a few times.

    This is all when he is on 27k quid a week.

    He will now be on 80k quid a week, and I GUARANTEE you

    He will get in trouble on Merseyside. It is bound to happen, as he is too young and has no self control.

    Carroll has served his purpose; he was good in the air, but much 1/2 of what shearer ever was

    Now spend the money on Gervinho, a TRUE talented footballer

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  • sweendog

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #5

    carroll could have said no .. clutching at straws releasing them texts.. he still left for more money..

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  • sweendog

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #6

    eplforecast .. true as long as somebody like Gervinho is bought .. can’t see the Cashley doing it ..

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  • BeeGuy

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Ireland can be our next Xisco!

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  • PalmerToon

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Pardew has said he wanted a new contract after just signing a new one in October… Didn’t really see the point in that.
    Apparently if Carroll didn’t get his new contract then he wanted to go, and that is when the transfer request came in.
    Who thinks this is done to Money?!

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  • dawid182

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #9

    I am under his effect totally. i can’t what to say…

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  • Stuart

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #10

    eplforecast.

    You keep saying no spend the money on Gervinho.

    We cant do that until the summer, which leaves us with 4 average strikers until then.

    Plus when we get there, whos to say there are going to be much funds made available? Ashley isnt exactly a shining example of a supportive owner.

    We’ll get £10m tops and lose Tiote, Barton, Enrique and HBA.

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  • The Shola Show

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #11

    F.C.B

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  • jwheelie12

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #12

    Load of bollocks Carroll, how were you kind of pushed out the door.

    All he had to say was no

    Imagine if he had said he wanted to stay depsite being forced out, a true Geordie would’ve done that and it would’ve made him a legend.

    Instead he’s a prick, hate him, hope he get’s ran over by a bus, twice.

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #13

    ANDY CARROLL

    41 GAMES FOR NEWCASTLE FIRST TEAM

    14 GOALS

    LIVERPOOL PAY US £35MILLION PLUS ADD-ON’S

    Suddenly, I feel MUCH BETTER

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  • nightfa11

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #14

    weird feeling…losing our best striker..

    but liverpool made a good deal

    torres + 7 mio = carroll + suarez

    2 players, both 5 years younger & both in way better form then crocked torres..

    just sayin’

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  • Trent Toon

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #15

    This is a crap story. Money has ruined football loyalty end of story!

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  • normag

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #16

    As much as i would like this to be ashleys fault, i have to say that AP version makes most sense

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  • eplforecast

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #17

    Put yourself in Carroll’s shoes

    U are a party animal who likes showing off and living the life. From the dumps of Gateshead to the lavish life of a footballer.

    27k a week compared to top stars salary of 80k.

    Carroll DEFINATELY asked for more money to stay. NUFC said no. AND RIGHTLY SO.

    35 million is too good not to say no to. Esp not for someone who is having a good first season (Michael Ricketts.. Dunc Ferguson.. Kevin Phillips)

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  • thadbong

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #18

    Ed, you run a fantastic blog and I’ve been following it for years. Thank you for such faithful service to the club and fans.

    Having read both Wraith’s and Pardew’s take on the whole story, I’m inclined to believe Pardew.

    First of all, it’s possible that Carroll isn’t being truthful in his texts. Let’s not forget that this is a boy that has faced two assault charges and generally has had problems with discipline in the past. The last thing he’s going to admit to Wraith is that he’s the one maneuvering for the move is he?

    Secondly, it’s very convenient that Wraith breaking this story serves the agenda of turning the fans against Mike Ashley very well. Given that he has a vested interest in that, I would take everything that comes from him with a pinch of salt.

    With regards to Pardew, what’s the benefit to him for lying about the whole situation? He can easily confirm Carroll’s story if it’s true, air his grievances to the media and then quit. There’s a precedent for a manager spitting the dummy and leaving the club, only to collect a massive windfall for constructive dismissal later on, as we’re all painfully aware. Based on what Pardew has said, it sounds very plausible that that’s exactly what happened, and that Wraith/Carroll aren’t being entirely truthful.

    I even have a sneaking suspicion that Carroll’s injury is much worse than what has been reported so far, and that combined with the 35 million Liverpool stumped up made it a very good deal indeed.

    As you say very often, if a player doesn’t want to play for the club, what’s the point of having them around? I highly doubt that Carroll is in the same bracket as the Villas, Kakas and Torreses of this world. So good riddance Carroll.

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  • eplforecast

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #19

    From what I have seen of Best I have been impressed so far this season. He isn’t a world beater but can fill in quite well IMO

    He genuinely needs support rather than people bashing him all the time.

    Whats the difference between Best and Carroll two seasons ago. Confidence.

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  • Toonkistan

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #20

    Dont know what happened the point is we have lost our best striker and couldnt find a replacement till summer atleast…..I think i would believe pardew and club then these stupid text messages…i mean there are good chances a 22yr mind can be twisted with 80k/week….gutted thou but hey we mugged liver and only if we could reinvest this money…again a big question mark 🙁

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  • nightfa11

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #21

    eplforecast – carroll was 19 two seasons ago

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  • davybtoon

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #22

    kinda pushed but what he fails to mention is they wouldnt renew a contract that i jus signed 2 months ago so i had to leave what knob

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  • eplforecast

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #23

    The BEST THING NUFC can do with the money is

    SIGN ENRIQUE UP ON A GOOD DEAL

    He is the REAL DEAL

    I honestly think he is a better footballer than Carroll and will be HARD to replace!

    Good LEFT Backs are hard to find!

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  • Stuart

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #24

    Can’t wait for the Fair Play laws to come in next season. Hopefully in a few years time this sort of thing won’t happen anymore.

    The one (and maybe only) good thing about Mike Ashley is that he’s got the club on a very good financial footing. Alot of the big clubs will be f**ked once the rules come in, eg. Man City, lost £137m last year or something, paying ridiculous wages and never look likely to make a profit.

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  • toonruz

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #25

    carol did not want to go dont beleave pardew lyes

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  • eplforecast

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #26

    It is Best’s first season in the EPL as well.

    Don’t forget that ok?

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  • newcastle29

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #27

    funny how people are willing to believe the club, (FCB, LAMEARSE,PARDEW) who have done nothing but lie to us in the past! ah but hold on we got £35M so that makes it ok!

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  • eplforecast

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #28

    35 million is real.

    Debt is real.

    Just so u know, NUFC isn’t on the best financial footing

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  • davybtoon

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #29

    he wanted to stay but only for more money he forgot to mention that to steve wraith didnt he

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  • Ratfink

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #30

    I dont know why people are upset, other than no replacement. We have enough to stay up. £35 mil will make a huge difference to our financial plans. I dont like Ashley but his plan is to make us a properly run club and sell at a profit. He wont take money out of the club, worst case he clears some of the debts.

    Good luck to Carrol he has got more money than he would ever get with us and has a shot with richer club. He did a job for us but remember he is a knacker and will get in bother.

    I would rather have a wage structure and only have players who want to play for us. Build slow for the future, maintain the team spirit we have rather than sign mercenaries.

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  • eplforecast

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #31

    Davybtoon

    Thats exactly the point

    Carroll is being advised well by his agent

    And honestly , I think this is the best for both NUFC and him

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  • Martin33

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #32

    I dont believe these texts….totally bullshit….

    If he really wanna help the club. He can stay till summer then put a request so we have enough time to get a replacement. Nobody will force him to leave.

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  • normag

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #33

    Im still wondering how anybody could be forced out!? All he had to say was no!!

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  • eplforecast

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #34

    35 mil

    10 mil should go back to restructuring debt + signing up Enrique

    25 mil on playing staff

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #35

    EPLForcast,
    Talking out yer A.Hole!!
    Enrique will be sold!!! I wouyld like to bet you a substantial sum on that!!!

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  • terencelim

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #36

    The CLUB owns Andy Carroll.
    He is sold.
    MIKE ASHLEY owns the money.

    Talking about the truth. Assume that we don’t know the truth behind the door, but it’s the club responsibility to keep these type of talented young players (like ManUtd used to hold C.Ronaldo at least for another year and Liverpool hold Torres for long enough) especially we were just back to the top league.

    Looking at Mike Ashley’s previous mistakes and what he has done to the club, I will never believe any shits that came out from the official site. For me they are just made up stories.

    Enough is enough. I just hope Mike Ashley’s head being chopped off and heat up with his microwave at home.

    He will invest no where in the club. He probably buy one or two cheap players and the fans will be happy again.

    We will get relegation with this club owner.

    End of story.

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  • davybtoon

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #37

    toonruz – yes mite not wanted to go but only if they give him more money so he went why is it so hard for u to believe, no one forced him to hand in a transfer request

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  • newcastle29

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #38

    how do people think the rest of the squad will react to the sale of carroll? will they start linning up to sign new contracts now we ve sold our best striker ( who we were ment to be building a team around)????

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  • ebol

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #39

    Pardew’s account sounds realistic

    It’s likely Carroll’s agent convinced him to ask for a new contract (they usually do that) and if Ashley was serious about keeping him, he would have funded it. 30k a week is too low for a player rated at £35m.

    Having said that, if Carroll had really wanted to stay, he would have stayed and ignored his agent (who must have been thrilled the deal went through).

    There’s blame on both sides. I personally don’t blame any of them. If you take the emotion out of it, it’s a good deal for all involved. Thought Carroll would be more loyal to the Toon but he wasn’t so meh. Move on, let’s put the oney to good use before these new regulations come in.

    Buy a quality right back, a backup right winger and two quality strikers. Can easily be done with £50m (presuming that’s Pardew’s budget in the summer).

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  • Toonkistan

    Feb 1, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #40

    Andy is under contract no one could’ve forced him out until he wanted to go

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