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Kenny Dalglish Has It All Wrong About Andy Carroll

9:21 am, Friday, April 29th, 2011 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 29 Comments

Kenny Dalglish has at least realized that Andy Carroll is no longer adored on Tyneside, and could come in for some abuse on Sunday afternoon at Anfield.

Andy Carroll – joined Liverpool for the big money

Andy Carroll elected to leave Newcastle for much bigger money at Liverpool last January, and Newcastle fans were hardly delighted at what the Gateshead-born striker did – once the real truth came out, and the spin that Andy had put on the move – that he was forced out – was laid bare.

He was hardly forced out of the club.

In the passionate world of Newcastle fans they want local lads to stay at their club, and be great for Newcastle – not for some other club who can pay big money – both in transfer fees and wages.

This is what Kenny Dalglish said today:

“They will do whatever they want,” “It won’t take away from what he has done for their football club and it won’t take away what the football club meant to Andy.”

“Newcastle supporters will do whatever they want to do and it is a compliment really, in a strange way, if you get abuse because it means you must’ve been important to them.”

“I’m sure when Newcastle signed Alan Shearer they didn’t give too much consideration to Blackburn Rovers fans but that’s football. What goes around comes around.”

“I don’t know what they will do on Sunday but if, as a player, you don’t get abuse off your old supporters then they can’t have been too disappointed that you left. I think the boy is expecting something.”

The example about Alan Shearer leaving Blackburn for Newcastle is hardly a good like to like comparison with what happened to Andy, and why the Geordie fans were and are upset.

Alan Shearer was born and bred in Newcastle – Gosforth to be exact – and he even turned down Manchester United to join his home town club in 1996, and played 404 times for the Magpies and is now the scoring leader of all time with 206 goals, beating another local lad – Jackie Milburn, who scored 200 goals for Newcastle.

Andy had the chance to become the third local Geordie number 9 legend, but went for the money instead.

Andy Carroll is almost the other way round compared to Alan Shearer – as the 22 year-old was signed by the club when he was really young, whereas Shearer was signed up by Southampton when he was just 15, after playing for Newcastle schoolboys.

And was signed when young by Newcastle, and became an England International and was handed the famous Newcastle number 9 shirt only last summer, when he was still only 21.

But he elected to leave the Newcastle club, after saying countless times it was the only club he ever wanted to play for, and that he was living his dream on Tyneside.

Add to that that he seems to have gone for the money – £80K/week – and that’s why the fans were disappointed in Andy, who may still be living his dream – it’s just a more lucrative dream on Mersyside.

Andy was born and bred on Tyneside and supported Newcastle as a child, and we suppose he still does, whereas Alan Shearer was not born and bred in Blackburn.

Andy Carroll also had every right to join Liverpool, that was his choice – but actions have consequences and now Carroll is hardly in the loving affections of Newcastle fans.

It seems that just like Michael Owen didn’t want to really know the reason he was booed at St. James’ Park last week, let’s at least get it right as to the reason why Newcastle fans were upset at Andy Carroll.

For the record,  Andy played 91 times for Newcastle with 33 goals.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours



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29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Stuart // Apr 29, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Hello everyone and welcome to http://www.andycarrollblog.com

  • 2 GeordieGerman // Apr 29, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Silly me. I just tried that link. :-)

  • 3 Manx Magpie // Apr 29, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    I’ve been fine with it all up to now, but seriously Ed please stop talking about Andy Carroll, there isn’t a day that goes by when he isn’t mentioned somewhere. I don’t see someone like Obafemi Martins getting a mention every day.

  • 4 Stuart // Apr 29, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    hahaha! Silly GG, you’re already there!

  • 5 roshan MAGPIE // Apr 29, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    stop with carroll stuff dosent matter wat he does

  • 6 roshan MAGPIE // Apr 29, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    WASP STUART

  • 7 JAMSHA // Apr 29, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    I dnt care bout andy ,Al I want is, dat v beat liverpool on sunday .
    Liv 1-2 New.
    Howay lad’s

  • 8 JAMSHA // Apr 29, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Roshan u 4m india?if yes. Wer in india?

  • 9 WWJBD // Apr 29, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Speaking of Martins apparently he is out for 4 months with a problem with his knee I think it said…must be his old bones oh no wait he is APPARENTLY 26 haha yeah.

    Like it or not Carroll is news that relates to NUFC which is what this blog is about

  • 10 WELSH TOON ™ // Apr 29, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Carroll is a sell out, were is his passion to to play for his home team? Hope he will be happy with nearly every toon fan hating him for the rest of his life.

  • 11 MonsterMagnet // Apr 29, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    TBH I’d have Martins back in a flash. Carroll? He’d have to take a big wage cut to prove he’s still a fan.

  • 12 thepict // Apr 29, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Can we please stop talking about that money grabbing thug. He’s gone and frankly good riddance.

  • 13 Brutooon // Apr 29, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    We got SHOLA AMEOBI, the next NUFC Legend No 9 for the NEXT 10 YEARS !!!!!

    p/s: we still know even if ameobi did shit, he will automatic get first team football

  • 14 The Entertainers // Apr 29, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    I’m still gutted Englands N.o1 striker had left my club.
    Regarding who’s to blame, between Carroll and the club the true blame probably lies somewhere in the middle.
    Firstly Carroll, yes he could have said no of course, but what annoys me’ about the lad is that he had just signed a new contract and he used his interest from Liverpool to get a better one!
    The club who also could have said no, found the offer too good to refuse and called his bluff.
    The club and the player thought only of theirseleves and part of me’ understands that.
    But what annoys me’ even more is when the club and Carroll will preach about their love and admiration for the ones who partly pay their wages , the fans !!!!!
    Both sides let the fans down, end of the day we want our best home grown talent playing in black and White !
    The whole episode is shameful and only time will tell if from a purely footballing point if view If it was a good move, again for both sides.

  • 15 toonindia // Apr 29, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Please Ed, We need to forget about Andy Carroll and move on. He is gone and what he was is history. It will not bring us any good talking about how good or bad he is. He made a decision and so be it. Its upto us to make him regret.

    Come on SHOLA!!

  • 16 Phil K // Apr 29, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Screw the traitor.
    He doesn’t deserve to be mentioned.
    Gimme Gimme Carroll – hope he breaks his legs*, but we shouldn’t dwell on the pr**k

    *Or better still – Steve Taylor to do it for him

  • 17 roshan MAGPIE // Apr 29, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    YA I AM FROM THE GREAT INDIA JAMSHA

  • 18 jamesnufc86 // Apr 29, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    “I’m sure when Newcastle signed Alan Shearer they didn’t give too much consideration to Blackburn Rovers fans” pipe down dalglish, that is so diffrent, if Carroll was a scouser i would completely understand why he moved

  • 19 roshan MAGPIE // Apr 29, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    I am from KARNATAKA there is a city called chikamagalur

  • 20 JAMSHA // Apr 29, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    roshan@ me 2 india, m 4m mumbai n u?

  • 21 JAMSHA // Apr 29, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Ok cul roshan. Nice to meet u.

  • 22 roshan MAGPIE // Apr 29, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    from BANGALORE

  • 23 dave 1961 // Apr 29, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    why are people such moaners when it come to Carroll it does not bother me one bit, yes I believe the club wanted the money and led him like a donkey, even getting the mug to ask for a transfer so he lost his cut of the transfer fee, but make no doubt the three main players in this were our three football experts running the club, 1. Carroll did not have an agent 2. Carroll knew he was offered £80,000k a week before he went on fatty’s chopper to dustbin land. This means the club gave permission for them to talk to Carroll 2. Fatty took him to the North West to make sure he did not change his mind on the way. 3. Carroll is not a very bright boy he was led like a donkey by three clever manipulators, could Carroll he said no? Yes at any time, but like the donkey he is he could not think for himself. 4. If I had been in Carroll’s position would I have gone, NO, not for any money and as I am more intelligent I would have seen thru what was being done. 5. like most have said wait until we see what happens in the summer, but stop talking about money, by all means list who you like but don’t put a price on players, don’t talk about values as it is totally not necessary, who cares the cost we need the right players in, Mr. Ashley is the current custodian of the club he has a responsibility to run it the best he can. As for debt Mike Ashley had to pay it off as it was secured against the hall’s land, other debt was cleared because Ashley does not like debt, he did not have to pay it off, football transfers were always paid over the length of contract’s all clubs do it that way. Ashley buys his players cash so he wants a better deal, instead of paying 10m over ten years; he pays £6-7m up front. That’s why he will beat off many other clubs for players, and get a better deal, even man city don’t buy up front. Don’t get a chip on our shoulders over a donkey, it looks from the outside that we are a bunch of thick northerners’ time will tell who was right over Carroll when we see who replaces him and also how well he does, I think he will go like Gazza, then Ashley will be more highly thought of. Remember money shows up on the net do not advertise we are going to spend it.

  • 24 TimToon9 // Apr 29, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    @dave 1961
    Great post, I completely agree. Still gutted he left, but I think it will be for the best. 35 mill, its what Arsenal want for Fabregas.. A world beater.. Its insane! Still gutted though..

  • 25 rwpoynter // Apr 29, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    @dave1961
    Have to agree with you. My only regrets about the Carroll business and indeed the Hughton incident are the dents they created in club moral, but when Kevin and Joey sign up and hopefully Jose, the damage will have been repaired. This club has done well in its first year back and although it is not yet mathematically certain we are safe, it is in realistically likely. Some good signings in the summer and with the injured back , I am optimistic for next season.We have shown we can play well against the best (and also poor against the worst!), but the basis of a great team is there.

  • 26 bri_2k4 // Apr 29, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    I newcastle through and through but to be fair its hard to say if you’d leave the club for 80k a week untill your in that posision because I love the club the town the fans the players but an extra 50k and a massive signing on fee would be too good to turn down let’s juyst forget about him and think of the future as much as he turned his back on us I will always look out for him too see if he’ll do well cos he is a geordie after all

  • 27 kenzie // Apr 29, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    On the point of Andy carroll leaving to earn more money, it is not the same as someone in a normal job leaving for more money. It is the case of either earning millions at your home town club while progressing and growing with the team and people you profess to love. Or earn millions plus a bit more to play for liverpool and swear allegiances to them. Andy chose money, his right ok, but never to be a geordie hero. He has the love of scousers but not now from his own people, a pity.

  • 28 mikenotiades // Apr 30, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    Agree Dave & Kenzie & those that also agree, I am so proud to see Toon fans see sense in the confusion, I hope that I am also one, otherwise this post is void… For me the true test (With no back-outs or re-explanation) is if Ashley gets a better number 9, a player that has more in his armoury, we might be able to see what Cashly thinks NUFC can achieve.

  • 29 mikenotiades // Apr 30, 2011 at 12:37 AM

    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/nolan-we-had-to-let-carroll-go-the-money-was-astronomical-2276761.html

    Liverpool have a willing bankroller, we don’t..
    Simple as




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