Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan has been talking about his pal Andy Carroll today in the Daily Maul, a day before Newcastle meet Liverpool at Anfield.
Andy Carroll – in training at Liverpool
It will be a tough game for Newcastle, but if they can play with the spirit and skill they played against Manchester United, they could even take something out of the game.
But if they play like they did at Blackpool last weekend, Newcastle will come away with nothing tomorrow.
Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan were good mates while the two were on Newcastle’s books, and of course Andy stayed at Nolan’s Ponteland house as part of a court order lat October.
The Newcastle captain seemed to be acting as a mentor to big Andy, who had got himself into trouble more than once with the police.
The £35M the club got for Andy Carroll is supposed to be used in the summer to bring in new players, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
Some Newcastle fans are waiting to see exactly what happens, and are may not yet be convinced that the money will be invested into the playing squad. We’ll know soon enough.
Nolan thinks it was a good deal for Newcastle, as he told the Daily Mail this morning:
“We have proved we are not just a one-man band. People blame Andy for going, but you can’t really blame anyone.”
You can’t blame the owners for the money they got.” “It was for the best for the club. It’s worked out better that Andy has gone, although we’d love to have him still here.”
‘”We’d probably have a few more points and would probably build a team which was going to be great around him.” “
“We’re in such a fantastic position, let’s just see what happens. The money we got was astronomical.”
“He’s been a bit sheepish with me this week. He has been in touch and texted, but we are not giving too much away to each other.”
“He’s desperate to play and wants to see all the lads. In my eyes it’ll hit him when he sees Newcastle the team he grew up with and loved for so long, playing against him.”
We heard this week that Kevin has been very pleased with his contract negotiations, and that both Alan Pardew and the Newcastle Board have been good to him during the negotiations.
Kevin has also shown a certain solidarity with the club over the last few months, and Kevin is a believable guy, and it seems that things behind the scenes at Newcastle may be a lot better than they were during the relegation season – that’s good.
We don’t much care if Andy plays on Sunday in the 12:00 pm pm kick off game, but we think he will start on the bench at best, and then we’ll have to see how well the Newcastle defense can handle him, if and when he comes on.
It would not be good if he scores against his home town club, a club he says he still supports.