Andy Carroll To Become Great England Striker – Who Cares?

Former Newcastle Chairman Sir John Hall thinks that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will invest the £35M he revived for local lad Andy Carroll from Liverpool.

John HallAshley will splash the cash

Once again it seems that England’s top clubs just cannot stand a top player playing for somebody else.

And they come in with ridiculous money to sign players, and nobody’s  going to tell me Fernando Torres is worth £50M – he’s an excellent player but he’s been struggling for form for over a year now, and has only looked half the player he once was.

This is what John Hall told the Sunday Sun today:

“It was quite a shock when it was announced Liverpool had offered all that money for him,”

“It was a big decision for Mike Ashley to sell one of the best players, or one of the players with the most potential.”

“Now Ashley will have to buy in and rebuild the team.” “I’m sure he will do that.”

Andy Carroll can go on to become a top player for Liverpool and England – but you know what it is – we have lost all interest in Andy Carroll, and certainly will not be following his career much at Liverpool.

Newcastle made this lad into what he is, but as soon as the first big money wage offer came in for him – he was off – like greased lightning.

John Hall continued:

“If he keeps his feet on the ground, he could go on to be one of the best center forwards that Liverpool and England have had,”

“I think he will do very, very well. He’s a typical Geordie center-forward.”

It was a huge decision for Andy Carroll to  leave his home town club – and it was his decision to leave – let’s not get confused over that.

Actions have consequences –  and he will hardly ever be welcomed back on Tyneside – ever.

Andy could have gone on to become the third  Geordie to become a legend on Tyneside wearing the famous number 9 shirt, and follow the great  legends Jackie Milburn and Alan Shearer, but he couldn’t resist tripling his wages at Liverpool.

Andy would only stay on Tyneside, if Newcastle matched Liverpool’s wages, and the Newcastle club wouldn’t,  so he was off.

Andy’s a very good player, but it kind of makes all his talk about living the dream on Tyneside wearing that number 9 shirt, seem very hollow indeed.

In fact it’s made Andy Carroll look very hollow indeed.

He’ll find out as he gets older that there’s a lot more to life than money – he just doesn’t  know that yet.

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27 comments so far

  • The Entertainers

    Feb 13, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #1

    50 / 50 the blame for me’. The lads a Geordie and played very well for us and has not slated the club on leaving, the owner prehaps but which fan hasn’t had a go at Ashley at some point.
    Always welcome back in my eyes, wish him the best of luck and hope he goes on to be Englands N.o 1 striker

  • Mags

    Feb 13, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #2

    I DO.

  • john_cena163

    Feb 13, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Who is ANDY CARROL?

  • Charlietoon

    Feb 13, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m sure you’ll keep caring Ed as long as it gets a few more hits

  • danf98

    Feb 13, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #5

    you care ed, hence why you dont shut the f’up about him in every post. he plays for liverpool now not newcastle, and to be fair, last time i looked this was nufcblog not premierleagueblog. get over it ed, he aint coming back. If you really love him that much and are that distraught, you’ll care and view him as a good england player. not ex newcastle player.

  • boater

    Feb 13, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #6

    ed – why the article if it is yesterday’s news?

  • boater

    Feb 13, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Mail report that we are after connor wickham. The same stories and player rumours just going round and round and round these days,,, but I would like to see him brought in,, having said that we’d need a more experienced player in too,,

    2 strikers, wickham/ gervinho + a winger – chamberlain – that’d do me. HWTL!

  • Brutooon

    Feb 13, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #9

    Its going to be a long time before we got a geordies striker again

  • lewman

    Feb 13, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #10

    we already have one brutoon, i know he is injured at the moment but he is still a geordie striker.

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 13, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #11

    he’s gone and he won’t be the last – there will be 3 or 4 big offers before next season starts and I assume that at least two will be accepted. The our policy – we are a selling club, we buy young and cheap, pay fair wages, develop then sell – that’s the stated plan to run the club and we just have to accept it .

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 13, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #12

    just seen the Mail report on Connor Wickham – this would fit our policy in 11 above. He would not be cheap but we would expect to develop and make a profit – this would be good for the player who can expect progress at a higher level followed by a move to a top buying club.
    We have to accept that his is our role – we are not a top buying club!

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 13, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #13

    those of us who have been around a while will remember selling clubs like Burnley who had to develop youth teams will the clear intention that one had to be sold each season to survive. Every player in the team was available and they knew it. Young players knew it was a good club to join because they would be given an early chance and were encouraged to move up if an offer came.
    This is not the NUFC policy as it has been outlined – we are to invest and sell AT THE RIGHT PRICE. Coupled with this we are not to hire Owens or Kliverts on big wages who are worthless at the end of their contracts.
    In my opinion we should give this policy a chance – it will make us a good prospect attracting good young players with a damn good chance of producing a top team at a top club.

  • lewman

    Feb 13, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #14

    and neither are arsenal supermac but it doesnt mean we will sell anyone who gets a bid for them. apart from milner, fat ash hasnt sold anyone who didnt put a transfer request in and that even had a relegation in the middle of it so can we leave all the negative reactions out as things arent that bad now are they.

  • lewman

    Feb 13, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #15

    sorry supermac didnt see your slightly more positive story after it, my apologies.

  • john_cena163

    Feb 13, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Newcastle want Ipswich’s 17- year-old striker Connor Wickham as a replacement for Andy Carroll. Full story: News of the World (Subscription required)

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 13, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #17

    but other than Milner we didn’t have many decent offers that I remember. And the key point is not any offer but a good offer. And if we follow the Arsenal model then thats fine – big players have left the gunners at huge prices for the right fee at the right time.
    I think the big test of our policy will be if a big offer came for Barton – an older established player on big wages – rarther than one of our developing players which is what AC was and still will be for a couple of seasons.

  • kakaobi

    Feb 13, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #18

    I know that Carroll did not ask to leave and Pardew did everything he could to keep Carroll offering him a new contact at the end of the season, which Carroll was happy with but derek llambias would not agree to. He told Carroll he had to wait 5 years before they would offer anything to him. Also Enrique will be next out the door he won’t sign a new contract so they will cash in on him in the summer.

  • cupiddstunt

    Feb 13, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #19

    I hate this friend of a friend stuff so will suffice to say I was sitting in a canteen of a company in Scotland the lad across the table from me knows I support the toon and asked me my opinion of the Carroll transfer. I replied that I thought it was a very good bit of business for the toon to get 35 mill for what is just potential promise of what MAY be some players future.

    He then came back at me with “you know he did not want to go?” I asked what he meant and he replied that he was informed (this is where the friend of the friend comes in) Andy was in constant contact with his agent throughout the whole episode and it was put to him that it was in the interest of the club that he go south he apparently did not want to go at any price.

    On the whole subject I think NUFC would have been mad not to have gone for the 35 mill so feel it has been a very good bit of business to get 35 mill for what could in all reality end up a player like Gazza someone who cannot handle the pressure, or like Joey and Nile players that do not advance until they are taken away from their old stamping grounds and surrounded by people that give them a fresh start.

    So unless you have categorical proof that it was bigger lad that wanted off for the bigger wages and not the club selling for what was a REDICULOUSLY high price then this constant referring back to him in this manner is no better than the Sunday rags that you so often ridicule.

    I enjoy your blog and the toon info I am able to keep up with but this Carroll stuff is kinda wearing thin.

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Feb 13, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #20

    Question is. Who on? If I were Pardew my targets would be Gervinho, Doumbia and Marvauex.

    Gervinho can play on the wing and upfront, think of how good him and Doumbia up top would be with Ben Arfa and Marvauex on the wings and Tiote and Barton in the middle!

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 13, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #21

    supermacnumber9, no problems with us following the Arsenal model. As long as the players we bring through can handle being “touched”.

  • i Toon

    Feb 13, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #22

    don’t give a rat @$$ about Carroll

  • Cockney Magpie

    Feb 13, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #23

    when he is playing for England i care or WHEN he comes back to newcastle i will care

  • solano

    Feb 13, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #24

    Lewman and Supermac…..Ashley would sell his own Granny if there was a profit in it….there are no plans for the running of the club and I am not happy just to accept this current situation….how can you “build” a team and progress when midway through a season anyone and everyone is available for the right offer?The squad is paper thin and needs wholesale strengthening…but our sell first and bank the money strategy is disgraceful.

  • MarkO

    Feb 13, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #25


  • veto

    Feb 13, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #26

    what a load of rubbish ehh , toon fans have seen first hand how much he’s came on , but to start throwing stupid comments around like that is ignorant ,he’s a decent centre forward in form , he’s not the next big thing

  • Sav

    Feb 13, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #27

    I have to say I am disappointed by this article, Ed. You are spouting a lot of stuff about which none of us know the whole truth. But it is mainly the Llambias version of events and any Toon fan knows how reliable that is. We know the bloke is a liar from the judge’s bench.
    And there was certainly enough indication on the Carroll side there was not much pushing to go. Even you on this blog were talking about Carroll getting a new contract now that he had gained his first cap and was valued at over 20 million.
    Yes, Carroll has said the usual stuff any new player says at his new club. We’ve heard it all before at Newcastle. Nobody believes it but the lad has to make a new life for himself so cut him some slack for it.
    But dragging the lad’s family into this and suggesting they should relocate is absolutely irresponsible. Its ok for you relocated to the other side of the pond and getting your toon rations on Fox Sports. They support the toon and live in the North East.
    I think you should consider again before writing any more churlish stuff like this – isn’t it better that a Tyneside lad plays up front for England? Stop feeling sorry for yourself and open your eyes to the likelihood that our beloved club owner hardly moved heaven and earth to keep Andy and probably squeezed him out for the money.
    And I hope no idiot takes it upon himself to pour abuse or worse on Carroll’s family fired up by such remarks.

    But dragging the lad’s


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