In his press conference today, for the game on Sunday with Liverpool, Alan Pardew cleared up at least some of the mystery of Andy Carroll leaving Newcastle.
Alan Pardew – Carroll wanted to leave Newcastle
He was asked during the conference that there was still some question as to if Carroll wanted to leave Newcastle, and Alan Pardew answered that immediately by saying:
“I can clear at least some of that up – he looked me in the eye and said he wanted to leave – and go to Liverpool and he went.”
That kind of differs from what Kenny Dalglish said today, as he tried to put a positive twist on the move for Andy, and said Carroll had no control over the transfer.
But Alan Pardew the day after Carroll left, when he was again left to answer all the questions from the press all on his lonesome, said Andy had wanted to leave, and he has again reiterated that today.
And that’s why Alan Pardew asked the Gateshead lad to put in a formal transfer request at the time – because he had asked to leave Newcastle.
Alan also said today that we had no chance of making the Champions League, because 5 points was just too much to make up on a team as good as Tottenham, and it would really need to be 6 points because of our poor goal difference.
And he was rather complimentary to Kenny Dalglish on his transfers, and said that some players take longer than others to settle in, and he thought that Liverpool had signed some excellent players, and they would come through for Liverpool.
This is some of what Alan said about Newcastle’s new players:
“We’ve been blessed with the fact that our new players gelled very quickly, and settled in very quickly.”
“Demba Ba and Cabaye, and Cisse has come in and got 5 goals, and sometimes it can go like, that and you cannot always pre-plan things.”
“We’ve got a good side, we’ve proven that all year, and we’ve been in the top six all year, and as high as third.”
“We’ll just take that form into the next game and just worry about ourselves and we’ll be in really good shape.”
Good words form Alan, and he was complimentary to Andy Carroll, and said he was still very young and had a great football career ahead of him.
Alan said the staff would welcome Andy and Jose to the club, because they were good friends, but that Newcastle wanted to win this game too.
You could see by Alan’s comments what a motivational manager he must be – if I was Andy Carroll listening to what Alan said about him today, I’d be feeling pretty good.
Hopefully Andy will not feel so good as to actually score on Sunday, but he’s said he will not celebrate if he does score.
Our advice to young Mr. Carroll – keep it simple and don’t score. 😀