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We Got St. James’ Park Back – Can We Get Andy Back Too?

9:02 am, Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 17 Comments

You can be sure that when Andy Carroll was in Newcastle for the West Ham game on Sunday, Newcastle officials would have made sure they got some information from the Geordie striker, such as what’s his position at West Ham, does his miss Newcastle, and questions like that.

Andy Carroll – misses Newcastle

And it’s interesting that the Newcastle manager has come out again after the game, and said he would love Andy to return to Tyneside in the summer, and certainly Alan Pardew rates the Gateshead-born striker, and he could still do a good job for the club.

This is what Alan Pardew said in the Guardian:

“He’s a Geordie and I think he misses the city. This is his home and at some point I hope he does come back here. Whether that’s in my time, I don’t know. I like him and I liked working with him. He was brilliant for me”

There’s no doubt that the 6’3″ striker would give Alan Pardew a lot more options up front, and we’re sure Andy would want to come home, but one big problem is the fee, and another is his wages.

The fact that Newcastle got £35M for him almost two years ago makes it unlikely that Newcastle can get him back for around £12M, which is what the probably would be willing to pay Liverpool for him.

The Newcastle Board have shown that they do sometimes listen to the fans, and we got the St. James’ Park name back and we could even get Andy back too – at the right price.

The renaming of St. James’ Park and the selling of Andy Carroll are the major things that Mike Ashley has come under tremendous pressure for over the last two years, as well as the sacking of Chris Hughton.

We have the St. James’ Park name back, and we suppose there’s chance we can get Andy Carroll, back too – and certainly it seemed that Mike Ashley was very keen to bring Andy back in the summer – at the right price..

But all the stars would have to align, if Newcastle were to be successful in bringing the home town boy back home.

What do you think?

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17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 89Norcal // Nov 14, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Maybe if Ba leaves. Can’t imagine us buying AC and further disgruntling him and our current strike force with bench time. I’m sure he would perform back home, but he doesn’t seem the best fit right now unless Ba is gone.

  • 2 thebionicMAG // Nov 14, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Why would we want to take back a striker o hasnt improved since leaving 2 years ago? Doesnt make sense…

  • 3 cla5hb0y68 // Nov 14, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    But they didn’t listen to the fans about giving the name back, it was Wonga who said they wanted it changed back. It was a business decision, as was the Carroll deal. There was certainly no sentiment expressed, the owner is a ruthless coldfish, which is why he’s a billionaire.

  • 4 Rotonda heights // Nov 14, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    I just don’t get the obsession with getting Carroll back because he may be a bit cheaper now and oh yeah he’s a geordie!

    carroll was hardly in the game on Sunday and badly missed his one good chance. Plus his injury record is horrendous. the commentator kept saying how poor his movement was.

    Getting carroll back would just confirm that pardew is just a typical English long ball 442 manager and is not really comfortable with anything else no matter how successful 433 was last season.

    We’ve had Ba and Cisse both come in and achieve way more. We don’t really need more strikers. We just need to play one up front and rotate them and develop Campbell off the bench.

    Huge priority is either RB or LB depending if santon moves to RB, with a fast ball playing CB being the most desperate and urgent.

    But if pardew really is a long ball merchant as would seem to be the case as in hitting more long balls than any other team in the division and with a third of the season gone, he may as well let simmo and willo carry on hoofing.

  • 5 jawballsaswallwell // Nov 14, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Carroll is a better all round player now than when he left, in many ways he’s fantastic but in that time his goalscoring record has been feeble. 12 mill for a 10 goal a season striker. I think if push came to shove we might pass.

  • 6 Transfer Sage // Nov 14, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Don’t want Carroll back.

    He would cost way too much to be value for money.

    When he had his good form for us it was because the whip team was there to play to his strengths.

    We have better players now and there is no point going back to the game when Carroll was here.

    He did a lot to help the club get back into the league and stay here but let’s move on.

    Or 5-6 million he would be a useful squad player, for the 15-17 reported its a total waste.

    Also people have figured him out, he is good in the air, teams stick two men on him for aerial balls and he will struggle.

  • 7 stuart no9 // Nov 14, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    would love to see him back. he dosnt look fit at yhe minute but we all know what he can do. coming back would put the fire back in his belly, a fire that went out when he was sent packing to liverpool. we would see the best of him – again.

  • 8 check the toastie // Nov 14, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    I suppose if we did sign carroll we wouldnt need to waste money on any more creative midfielders, as quite clearly they would be even more bypassed as they currently are with some quality hoofball, At least we would have a player who may make Pardeews tactics look OK. Its a tricky one.. :)

    By the way, would be stupid to sack Pardew, not saying that, just think he is stuck in his ways currently and i have been concerned for some time regards his playing style and use of some of our superb players.

    If people think we have played well under him they either dont go to the games or are deluded

  • 9 Transfer Sage // Nov 14, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Les – from previous post

    I just think we are too cautious whether tiote and colo play or not.

    We haven’t got a team of mugs who can’t function without those two. We have a team made of majority top internationals.

    Why can’t we expect then to play a more fluid, attacking game.

    Maybe against man utd or city hang back but not west ham.

    Also why do we go two up top then play defensively. It seems strange. Either attack with it or get the extra man in midfield to link the defence and attack better.

    Again – not calling for Pardews head, just for him to sort this lot out.

  • 10 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Nov 14, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Are we really so hung up on getting Andy back (is it because he’s Geordie?)

    …sometimes it is just better to move forward instead on constantly dwelling on the past (Andy is the past)

    O would like a young gifted striker that would cost less than £15M and demand £80k a week.

    I am not so informed about players, but what about that kid Lucas Ariel Ocampos from Monaco – he looks the part. He was even named in FIFA’s 13 Players to watch in 2012!

    Or Heung-Min Son from HSV; I think we have been linked with him before. For me that would be taking us forward (there are probably alot of other great players out there that are good value for money)

  • 11 GFH // Nov 14, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Don’t want Carroll back either . Too expensive ,too disruptive on playing style , and not prolific in front of goal.I’m baffled by Pardews enthusiasm for the idea , it begs the question of what style of football he sees us as playing , certainly not a passing game.

  • 12 Rotonda heights // Nov 14, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    it does seem as if pardew is just stick on 442 with nothing else in his mind to try.

    I just don’t know why we changed back to 442 which doesn’t suit cabs, benny or cisse. We changed back for the last 4 games of last season and all of this season and it’s been awful.

    However none of this seems to register with pardew at all and it’s interesting to see west ham and other fans of his previous clubs say he’s good for a season and then it all goes tits up after that. Maybe we are now seeing the reason why.

    It’s criminal to be wasting the talent we have in this stupid formation. If hughton was considered to have gone as far as he could, I can’t see what on earth direction we headed to this with this guy. He’s making Allardyce and Pulis look like Brazil. Much more of it and it will be adios to a lot of our ”purples”.

  • 13 blew // Nov 14, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    We are going to get this, in some shape or form, every day until 31 January 2013. I nearly forgot, Debuchy as well

  • 14 jarnytoon // Nov 14, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Sell Cisse & get Carroll back. Cisse seems to have done a Torres & gone from Super star to super w*nk in the space of 2 months!

    We should sign:
    Debuchy
    Douglas
    Carroll
    Ince &
    Granero (for when QPR get relegated)

  • 15 santoon // Nov 14, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    i reckon strutridge would be a much better option need pace and better control up front prob wont be as expensive since he not playing much at chelsea and they looking for another striker

  • 16 LEROI // Nov 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    If football deals were simple i would sell/swap tiote with mikel and get 5m left to spend then use that on big andy, leaving the original kitty to get debuchy and douglas in. i would stick cisse on the bench & play carroll & ba up top. & before you all chime in 1. Mikel can tackle and pass well, 2. Atleast carroll would hold the ball up & pass it to an actual team mate unlike cisse who just wants rid of it as soon as he gets it!

  • 17 brian kilclines pony tail // Nov 14, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    taking andy would be a backward step.

    about the way the team is playing.
    it looks like we are trying to keep games tight and nick 1-0 wins. I am starting to think this may be a tactic.
    our ctr mids have played very deep under pards. last season we played with jonas on the left, now with him inside the players keep bumping into each other.
    I want to make cleat that this is not jonas’ fault. if it is anyones fault its hatem ben arfa’s fantastic ability that has made pards think we dont need 2 wingers so teams double up on hatem (which still dosnt work sometimes).
    then we have two strikers who apparently cant be told or cant understand ‘you go front post, you go back post’.




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