Kenny Dalglish has said that Andy Carroll should not get any abuse on Sunday at St. James’ Park, because the events that saw him leave for Liverpool 15 months ago were out of his control.
Andy Carroll – has been a bust at Liverpool
There are different versions of the story of how Andy Carroll got to leave Newcastle, and Alan Pardew has said that when Andy was offered around £75K/week by Liverpool on 31st January last year, he went to the Newcastle Board and asked for the same wages.
Andy had already talked to then captain and close friend Kevin Nolan, a Liverpool fan, and we think that advice came from Kevin, who seemed to want Andy to move to Liverpool, from his later comments to the press about the move.
It will be a great move for Andy to a great club, is what we remember Kevin Nolan telling everybody who would listen after it had happened.
So there are some things that Andy Carroll was responsible for that forced the move, although we may never know exactly what transpired, but Newcastle forced him to ask for a transfer, based on the local lad anting more wages, and he wanted them immediately too.
Andy could also have been advised to do that by his agent, who would be seeing dollar signs the day Liverpool came in for his player.
And of course the agent would have very much wanted the move to happen, unless Andy got a new deal at Newcastle, and therefore the agent would get his cut of that new deal.
It’s all about money.
As it has all turned out, it has been a super move for Newcastle, and we now have Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse, with 21 goals so far in the Premier League between them, and they cost us one quarter of the money we got for Andy Carroll.
This is what Kenny Dalglish had to say today:
“I’m not sure Andy will get abuse because what happened was outside his control. It’s up to them what they want to do. They pay their entrance money and, if they want to give him stick, they will give him stick.”
“But I don’t think he ever did anything other than give of his best for Newcastle, and then they got £35m into the bargain as well. That’s not bad, is it?”
“I think Andy will be excited about going back. It’s the club he supported as a boy, the club that introduced him and gave him his chance in professional football. So I think he will be excited about it as a local boy and will be looking forward to the game.”
Kenny is also a failed Newcastle manager and lasted only 20 months after he was signed in January of 1997, after Kevin Keegan left the club.
Dalglish took the side from 2nd place in 1997, to 13th in 1998 in one short season, and we were 13th only because we had a better goal difference than three other sides, so we could have ended up 16th place.
And we were fighting relegation in that season, after finishing second top in both previous seasons.
Kenny has spent around £116M on new players in the last 15 months at Liverpool, compared to the £25M spent by Newcastle, and the Magpies are 8 points clear of Liverpool in the league table.
Liverpool have some great players, but they are nowhere near to being a great side, and you cannot argue much with those facts.
That’s one reason Kenny Dalglish is under some pressure at Liverpool.