Newcastle Now A Better Team Without Andy Carroll

It was a hugely controversial decision to sell Andy Carroll a year last January,  with most Newcastle fans furious at the club for selling our local striker.

Andy Carroll – Liverpool’s unsuccessful striker

But 15 months on and things have calmed down a lot, and Andy hasn’t played nearly as well at Liverpool as he did at Newcastle.

Newcastle have spent a portion of the £35M we got for Andy, a small portion, to bring in Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse for £9M between the two of them in transfer fees.

And they have 21 goals in the Premier League this season between them,  and Papiss has only appeared in six games so far.

So to say Newcastle have used the money well to improve our striker options – is a huge understatement.

John Carver, who has done a great job since rejoining Newcastle as Assistant Manager under Alan Pardew, had this to say about the Carroll money:

“The money we got is back on the pitch.” “Yohan, Demba and Papiss have given us our mettle.”

“This is how modern football works if you’re looking to improve your team.” “Sometimes you have to sacrifice a player, but if you get three players back of the quality that we’ve got, then it is good business.”

“At the time it may have looked like a gamble, but if you’re confident of your ability to bring the right players in, as we were on this occasion, it’s good for us.”

“The proof’s always in the pudding,” “You look at the way the new signings have played along with the rest of the team, and the fact that the three foreign players have came in and done so well.”

“People talk about the Premier League and it being difficult to play in, and that players have to adjust to it. They haven’t just adjusted to it, they’ve it done it quicker than we all thought.”

“Normally it takes longer. I know Demba already had the experience at West Ham, but the other two have came in and got on with it quite nicely.”

Andy Carroll along with Jose Enrique will return to Newcastle on Sunday in Liverpool colors,  and they will hardly get a good reception, after voluntarily leaving Newcastle for Liverpool.

That’s especially true with Newcastle now 8 points clear of Liverpool,  and hopefully 11 points clear by 3:30 pm on Sunday afternoon.

That’ll show them to leave Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • check the toastie

    Mar 29, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Reading between the lines think Andy Carrolls been a massive miss for the team this year.

  • Vask

    Mar 29, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Reading between the lines it was a tactic of sending out our agents to upset the balance in our closest rivals, they’re [Carrol and Jose] have done a great job of upsetting the team spirit and confidence of the liverpool team. Our sleeper agent, Dagleish, who was hypnotised while at newcastle, has also done his job well for us.

  • steve

    Mar 29, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #3

    John Carver is Pardew’s best signing. Loves the club, understands the fans and massively passionate on the touchline. Master-stroke brining him as assistant.

  • martoon

    Mar 29, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #4

    check @1 lol 🙂

  • check the toastie

    Mar 29, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #5

    Think the blog should read better team without Carroll, Nolan, Barton and Enrique, they have all left and we are doing better and playing better football, so fook them, grass always greener and all that, for me no better place to play football than St James and all left for money, simple.

    Dont think Carrolll deserves hard time from the crowd sunday, but if he gets one, so be it, might depend how much ive had to drink whether i join in, Enrique though will be getting pelters, hopefully Benny will tear him a new one. Really excited, i would luv it…….

  • geoff777

    Mar 29, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #6

    He’s probably going to get the worst reception a player has ever had at SJP.

    I don’t like booing playerd but if it rattles him and he plays badly because of it … boo like hell boys.

    Enrique deserves a bad reception too.
    He messed us around quite a bit in the finish.

    I think we’ll take them apart.


  • Tom

    Mar 29, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #7

    I think both players did a very good job for us whilst they were here. Jose stayed with us when we got relegated and made a mends for his poor start at Newcastle. He was immense in the Championship and return to the Prem. I agree that he messed around a bit in the end but I don’t think it was as simply as that, there was certainly a degree of being forced out. If you don’t pay the wage the player will look elsewhere. Carroll is much the same story. We don’t know the details of the deal that saw him leave, however I do believe that Newcastle wanted him to leave and the £35 million. Carroll was not wanted and that must be the worst thing for a 22 year old at your home town club.

    When Carroll left I was devastated even with the money I felt it wasn’t worth it. Enrique was the same and Barton too. However I wouldn’t have it any other way now.

    Success is coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • martoon

    Mar 29, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #8

    I don’t quite understand the booing of Carroll. He has earned his home town club £35m and sabotaged one of our near rivals chances. 🙂

  • geordiejamie89

    Mar 29, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #9

    I think Andy has done his job now, he should refuse to play and get himself back up north. Hand in a transfer request. Liverpool can’t put a 35 mill price tag on him, that’s just ridiculous. Come back for anything under 10 mill, get his nutt down and train hard. Then he still has a chance of doing well for his home club. He should man up and score an own goal on Sunday aswell, help ease the fans into liking him again.

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 29, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #10

    is that picture 3d

  • PooSetoon

    Mar 29, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #11

    We should NOT be booing Jose. Laughing yes, but to boo after the contributions he made for us is just wrong. You cannot blame him for leaving at the time and he did his share with us even if he was playing like he didn’t give a sh1t for the last few games. Give Carroll some grief tho :-0

  • Ericles

    Mar 29, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Carroll and Liverpool was just a business deal by Ashley. Perhaps his immature exploits did not help and he could have stayed. Pit the poor lad having to play under the miserable Dalglish. As for Enrique – he was and is a loss. I think he was swayed by thinking Liverpool would be higher up than us and he would see European soccer next season. He should take that up with Dalglish too. Any way young Ferguson wants to stay and be better – so I am not complaining. We will welcome them on the same basis as any other “away” team player and hope they get on the losing team’s coach back to the Mersey. We MUST win and go on to Europe next season.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 29, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #13

    Enrique was and is a loss – totally agree Ericles. He is good enough to play for Barca, with his technical ability on the ball, and speed. So far Santon isnt a patch on him but its early days. I’d happily see Raylor at full back on sunday.

  • matt11_25

    Mar 29, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Don’t boo either of em.. yeah Carrol earned us 35 mil by being sold but how much did he earn us by getting us back into the premiership.??????.. how quickly people forget… in that season alone he earned his place in NUFC history

  • swoopingmagpie

    Mar 29, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Thats hugely debatable, such comments could come back to haunt us. Andy Carroll has huge potential and we should not be influenced by the proparganda machine that now operates at St James Park. Dalgliesh though is a poor manager and the Pool won’t be going anywhere with him at the helm. Andy needs a better manager to get the best out of him.


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