Alex Ferguson – I Wouldn’t Have Signed Andy Carroll For £35M

We knew as soon as Brendan Rodgers was appointed the Liverpool manager in the summer, that any future for Andy Carroll at Liverpool was over, and sure enough on the last day of the summer transfer window, Andy was loaned out to West Ham United for the season.

Andy Carroll – at Liverpool – has 35M fee hanging over him

Sir Alex Ferguson has chimed in about the move, and about Andy – since Manchester United play West Ham on Wednesday night at Old Trafford, and he thinks the move was a little reckless by then Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, who signed big Andy for £35M on the last day of the January transfer window last year.

This is what Ferguson had to say today about the Geordie striker:

“I think it’s up to the boy to improve himself.” “He had only played something like a dozen games for Newcastle and had to deal with a ­ £35M transfer to a club like Liverpool. I think that was quite a big jump for him.”

“I would certainly not be signing a player for that kind of money.” “We have gambled with young players in the past. Maybe a couple of million.”

“But when you get to that level of £35M, you really need to do more homework and see how he is in the second season for the club he is playing for.”

“He is a big lad and a great header of the ball. He’s an aggressive, big bugger.” “He will be a handful for defenders wherever he is – and he will be a handful for us on Wednesday.”

Andy has played 20 games for Newcastle in the 2010-2011 season when the transfer took place and he had hit 11 goals – not too bad a record – and in his Newcastle career he played 91 times and scored 33 goals, but in 8 appearances this season for West Ham he is still to score.

Newcastle will pay no more than around £12M to bring him back home, and it seems unlikely that will ever happen.

But you never know.

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8 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 25, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #1

    He paid silly money for Roony and he was a kid with potential

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 25, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Good morning ppl

    Tunski , the trouble with having low expectations is you allow them to get lower, you settle for less , when in life we all want a little more

    Ppl think January is coming and all will be solved will be solved with a few signings ,
    A few obstacles in the way I that therioy
    1, all the good players will still be needed by there clubs because of there league or cup competition there in, clubs do not get rid of good players in jan unless the money is right,

    2, the money, sure it’s there , but going on what has been said and done in the past , I find it hard to think that lambass will suddenly say , ( example) hey lile, in the summer we offered you 4 million for debuchy and you wanted 6, but now it’s jan 2013 you wanna do that deal now? We offer u 5, they will come back and say yeh but we value him at 8 now ,
    Other clubs see where our problem lies, and will hold out for top fees, just like he did with AC
    I don’t think lambass is about to make a fool ov himself

    3, other clubs bidding on the few good players available, will also force the price high

    How many players do we need ?

    As it stands right now, I’d say between 3-5

    Good players , ones that will be ready for first team football , some how I just don’t see that happening

    If we do get these players, how will this change Pardews philosophy on how the game is played?
    I believe that is the bigger problem, we play negative football , we have since he got here so why would he change his beliefs ?

    So 2 things need to change , lambass’s policy on buying and Pardews philosophy on how the game is played ,

    Both wont because of there stubborn natures

    Hey but may be I’m just seeing it wrong

  • geordie157

    Nov 25, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Aubameyang is one of the top players in France at the moment, could only see him signed as a replacement for one of the demba’s. I’d love to see a double swoop for sochaux’s corchia and boudebouz.

  • geordie157

    Nov 25, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #4

    More realistic will be players out of contact in the summer, sissoko would be perfect for or midfield but he’ll still cost maybe 4-5 million. Tom ince, Douglas maybe the same. closer to home, Harry Maguire would cost a bit but he looks a good solid centre back who offers more in the opposition box than wilo.


    Nov 25, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #5


    I think it was pretty obvious the level of football Rooney was about to achieve.
    And I do believe he only paid 24ish
    Million because we were about to sign him for 22m??

  • Graeme

    Nov 25, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Nobody in their right mind would value AC at £35 million; it was a superb game of brinkmanship by the rotund one and dogleash blinked first. Amazing bit of business for us lol.

    Look at what we did with the money from ONE player and the 4 or 5 we brought in on the back of AC leaving. We as a team are far better off today – even if they are playing like 8 year old’s at the moment!!

  • Sav

    Nov 25, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #7

    Shut it, Alex.

  • barry_ben_arfa

    Nov 25, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #8

    i’d like to see some English players come in from the championship. Zaha 10m, Ince 2m, McGuire 2m & Hughes 3m. plus Debuchy 5m


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