John Carver’s £35M Correct Decision On Andy Carroll


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.

Comments welcome.



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106 comments so far

  • lewytoon

    Mar 29, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #1

    carver is class, he was there when we were in europe with bobb aswell

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  • check the toastie

    Mar 29, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #2

    Reading between the lines Carver had a lot of time for Souness and obviously rates him highly. Like many of us…….

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  • lewytoon

    Mar 29, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #3

    bobby*

    i think he has made a difference, as well as pardew obviously, but carver has done a huge job, he knows what to do as when we were high flying he was here aswell.

    anywas dyer’s post 3 or 4 articles back seems so accurate it could actualy be the clubs list haha, seems ver solid and would love some of the players on it!!

    and whats these rumours about matt jarvis?? cant find anything on the internet??

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  • chris_g

    Mar 29, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Here we go again. Another bloody article about Andy Carrol put up exactly 20 minutes after the previous one. Grrrrr

    FFS give it a rest Ed.

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  • iamnufc

    Mar 29, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Have been keeping up with loserpool’s team news. Bellamy is out ( which is great as he loves scoring against us) , so are agger, Johnson and Charlie Adam. This def puts us in good stead to get a result against them. What do u all think??

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  • steve

    Mar 29, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Bellamy out. Bloody great news if true iamnufc. I think our chances have just improved slightly 😀

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  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 29, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Williamson says on the official club site that we can get by without Colo – must be a very rarified atmosphere up there in Donkeyland!

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Mar 29, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #8

    Could Gerrard just get injured at training or so then it is starting to look promising 😉

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  • Tramp

    Mar 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #9

    Bellamy’s out? Who’d have thought it! I guess it explains all his angst really, all that repressed frustration!

    Seriously though, if he is out for the game that’s brilliant news! He’d tear us apart at the back! His pace is too much for the best defences, never mind our patched up one!

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  • steve

    Mar 29, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Williamson will never make the grade at Newcastle. He is what he is, a 1million pound defender from the lower leagues who can fill in and sometimes do a job. Last season he looked decent enough but never filled me with the confidence I get from Colo or even Taylor. Good squad player hope he is happy with 4th/5th chioce next season.

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  • check the toastie

    Mar 29, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #11

    iamnufc – great news about bellamy being out, quite pleased about the rest as well, wud luv it if Stevie G picked up a little knock in the next couple of days, and suarez was arrested for being in possession of an offensive set of teeth.

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  • HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris)

    Mar 29, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #12

    scoreline predictions boys? i say 1-1 suarez and ba to score

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  • HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris)

    Mar 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #13

    @11 will enrique be arrested on the same charge?

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  • check the toastie

    Mar 29, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #14

    No more Williamson or Simpson bashing please, we need to breed positive thought for the weekend, i have sworn an oath not to bash our quality defence at ay point over the next few days until after the match, please lets get behind the boys, we all now their limitations, but maybe they will all have blinders at the weekend, helped by us.

    Come on the Toon, this is such a massive game, lets get behind the team. Williamson and Simpson can do it, repeat after me, Williamson and Simpson can keep the thieves out. Ably supported by Perchinho of course.

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  • HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris)

    Mar 29, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #15

    i wanna see perch throw some full blooded challenges. imagine how galling it would be for Andy Carroll to get snapped by a pepperami

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  • check the toastie

    Mar 29, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #16

    13 – similar charge of inciting a riot due to sporting an offensive dringo moustache.

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  • HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris)

    Mar 29, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #17

    @14 try not to slam them after the match too

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Mar 29, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #18

    As I have stated before I am not confident about this game especially not if Perch is going to partner Willo at the back.

    It would be a confidence boost for me if Pardew stick with the 4-4-3 of late with Ba, Papisto and Bennyboy up front 😉

    …but only a boost, I am still not convinced.

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  • HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris)

    Mar 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #19

    @16 haha. class. this is assuming that the whole squad hasn’t been arrested for firebombing a mosque?

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  • HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris)

    Mar 29, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #20

    @jesper 4-4-3? is krul gonna make bombing runs into midfield? lol

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  • geoff777

    Mar 29, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #21

    @jesperfuglsang

    We must be playing with a lot more confidence after winning our last two games than the bindippers, who lost at home to Wigan.

    We could tear them apart.
    I’m confident we can win and win well.

    HWTL

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  • Toon_Tom

    Mar 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #22

    HOVIS @15 – that was truly a “spit your coffee out” post!!!!!!! Brilliant

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Mar 29, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #23

    i’d go for a high scoring 4-3 win for us. our defence is probably 1 of the worst if not the worst in the league without colo.

    but in contrast we have some of the finest attacking talents upfront in the whole of europe.

    4-3 to the toon!

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Mar 29, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #24

    @geoff
    If the sun shines tomorrow and I get of work early I’ll probably be more confident 😉

    @HOVIS
    We have a handicap, so Perch and Willo only count as one 😉 lol

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  • Vask

    Mar 29, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #25

    I reckon Perch and Willo will do their job at the back, Willo can take care of the air and perchy can get some good blocks in, I think he looked alreet on Sunday and can carry his form forward. Get Cheick to quieten Gerrard and we’ll not have to worry.

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  • geoff777

    Mar 29, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #26

    The more games Perch & Willo have the better they will become.
    They have a few training sessions too before the game.

    They can only do their best. Both give 100%.

    So long as we score one more than them.

    HWTL

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  • G

    Mar 29, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #27

    Happy Bellers is out. Liverfool’s recent decline has coincided with Bellamy being dropped. Now he is out, I am a lot more confident of a result that I would be with him. Love him or hate him, he seems to love playing against us. I’m sure Perch & Willo will do us proud on Sunday, although part of me wouldn’t mind seeing Santon at Centre Half, after all, we were assured at his signing that he can play anywhere accross the back 4.

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  • Toonboy_84

    Mar 29, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #28

    I think Tiote vs Gerrard is gonna be epic.

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  • martoon

    Mar 29, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #29

    This from the BBC seems to sum up the bin dipper’s injuries.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17536067

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  • martoon

    Mar 29, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #30

    chris_g @4 – Ed runs this blog voluntarily because of his love of NUFC. Granted not every one of his articles is cutting edge stuff but to have a go at him on his own blog is taking the p*ss. If you don’t like the article then don’t read it!

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  • Vask

    Mar 29, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #31

    This link seems to think Bellamy will be back for Sunday, hope they’re mistaken.

    http://www.physioroom.com/news/english_premier_league/epl_injury_table.php

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  • Dannyo

    Mar 29, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #32

    Completely off topic and far behind in another thread;

    So it was Gosling the agent was talking about, i guessed it was Ranger, didn’t see Gosling coming.
    Again, have allot of patience for the lad, and the way he’s described is the way i’ve always thought of him.
    He’s a goalscoring midfielder, and he has been trying too hard.

    Dear god, thinking about it, that interview could’ve been with me.

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  • iamnufc

    Mar 29, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #33

    Guys here we are worrying abt out defence…pretty sure shitpool doing the same with theirs…they have a lot of injuries: Bellamy,Johnson ,agger,Kelly,Adam, Lucas to name a few..the key injuries for me are Bellamy ( f@*ker keeps scoring against us ) and Johnson and Kelly. This means they will be weak in their defence. Especially right back as skertal will be playing there who is not a natural. Furthermore, carragher will boating cb and we all know that he is past it. For me their defensive headache is much much greater than ours

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  • Pardew's fist pump

    Mar 29, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #34

    I expect ‘fool to go with this:

    __________Reina__________
    Flanagan_Carra_Skrtel_Enrique
    _______Hend_Spearing
    __________Gerrard
    Kuyt______________Downing
    __________Suarez

    Up against:

    __________Krul__________
    Simpson_Willo_Perch_Santon
    ________Tiote_Jonas
    __________Cabaye
    HBA________________Ba
    __________Cisse

    Think our attacking trio will blow them away. Jonas and Tiote will overpower their midfield too. Flanagan and Carragher are there to be got at too, I can see Carragher getting an early bath.

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  • Pardew's fist pump

    Mar 29, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #35

    On Gosling, think he needs a year out on loan, although I never see him starting for us, as his style doesn’t fit in with what AP is trying to mould, in my view.

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  • iamnufc

    Mar 29, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #36

    Would you all prefer santon or raylor as left back on sun?? I would def prefer raylor as he can put in good balls into the box for our 3 musketeers. Santon’s crossing hasn’t been too impressiv. Defensively raylor edges it for me. The downside is we would be slower in defense…what do u all think?

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  • martoon

    Mar 29, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #37

    Vask @31 According to their table the majority of Toon and Liverfool players will all return to fitness on 1st April………………………..Hmmmmmmmm

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  • iamnufc

    Mar 29, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #38

    Pardew’s fist pump..yeah like your formation. Though would prefer raylor, just for the sake of his balls into the box

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  • iamnufc

    Mar 29, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #39

    On injuries, Dalglish reiterated his comments from earlier in the week on Charlie Adam’s knee.

    “Charlie will be analysed in a couple of weeks and we’ll know better then,” he said.

    Asked about Craig Bellamy, Glen Johnson and Daniel Agger, the Scot added: “They’re better than they were but we don’t play until Sunday. With a week you get a few people back you didn’t have last week.”……..from Liverpool’s official page. This lays to rest on their injuries.

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  • Vask

    Mar 29, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #40

    Martoon that’s Cisse, RTaylor and Tiote, who are all expected back any way so I wouldn’t rule out Bellamy just yet. Not that I’m worried, Perch will have him in his back pocket if he does play.

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