When Bobby Robson was sacked in August of 2004, and Graeme Souness was brought in as the new manager, after Freddy Shepherd had failed to persuade first choice Steve Bruce, to leave Birmingham, John Carver lost his Assistant Manager position at Newcastle.
John Carver – made the right decision on Andy Carroll
And basically Newcastle went into a long five year decline, which was only arrested after Newcastle found themselves in the second division in the summer of 2009.
John was put in charge of the Youth Academy and one of his very first decisions in that job, back in 2004, when Andy Carroll was a 15 year-old, was to decide whether to give the young gangly Gateshead lad a scholarship.
Carver talked about that decision, which eventually was worth £35M to Newcastle, today to the local press:
“ “It was like I stumbled across him,” ”I went down to work at the Academy when Graeme Souness brought his own men in, and when I went down there, whether to keep Andy was one of the first decisions I had to make.”
“The decision was do I give him a scholarship or not? After some deliberation, we gave him a deal.” “My decision was the final decision, and I was pleased we made the right decision.”
“Andy has gone on and earned the club £35M.”
Andy will return to St. James’ Park on Sunday, along with Jose Enrique, and they will be in the red colors of Liverpool.
But there’s little doubt that since the two of them left, along with Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton last year, Newcastle are now, rather surprisingly, a much better side.
Although we are still trying to fill that left-back spot that Jose left open, and if Jose had only believed what Alan Pardew was telling him last August, he may even have stayed on Tyneside.