Kevin Nolan has said today that he hopes local lad Andy Carroll gets some respect this afternoon, when he returns to St. James’ park, but given what happened last April when Andy played at St. James’ Park that’s not very likely.
Andy Carroll – will get booed again today?
And Kevin himself may get booed, although he was great at Newcastle and was an excellent captain, and of course Andy Carroll was great and has his best goal scoring record at his home town club.
Kevin Nolan, who was on Tyneside a short 30 months but scored 29 goals in his 85 appearances for the Magpies, only one less than Michael Owen managed in four years at the club.
This is what Kevin told the press yesterday:
“I am hoping that Andy gets respect, as they know what efforts he put in when playing for Newcastle and helping them to be where they are today.” “We want him to get off the mark and hopefully win the game for us and break a few hearts.”
“We both had some fantastic times up there. Now 50,000 people are going to want to boo us. But if we went out in the evening they would probably still want pictures.”
And one of our striker targets could be playing today, as Sam Allardyce joined signed Modibo Maiga, and that’s the striker who failed a medical at Newcastle early last December, and was a Newcastle target last year, but hasn’t exactly set the Premier League alight this season.
Newcastle brought Papiss Cisse in from SC Freiburg last January, rather than Maiga.
Sam Allardyce is returning to the club who ruthlessly sacked him in January of 2008, after only six months in the job, and of course Alan Pardew was manager of West Ham and brought them within a minute of winning the FA Cup against Liverpool in 2006.
But in that great Cup Final it was a certain Steven Gerrard who came through when it mattered most for The Reds and equalized in the 91st minute, in what was a thrilling game – with Liverpool eventually winning on penalties.
If Newcastle fans are going to boo both Nolan and Carroll, then at least remember what they did for the club – they were immense while on Tyneside.
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