Sam Allardyce’s long-term future at West Ham is uncertain after his two year contract runs out this summer – and normally you would expect a manager to get a contract extension after big Sam got West Ham promoted at the first attempt last season and he could keep the Hammers in the Premier League this season – although they are only 3 points above Newcastle in the league table and still have to fight against a possible relegation.
Andy Carroll – is this lad worth £17M?
Was he worth £35M?
It’s important what happens to big Sam as far as Andy Carroll is concerned, because the manager is the one who is keen on the London club trying to buy Andy Carroll from Liverpool at the end of the season, although at £17M – that does not look like a good buy for any club.
West Ham are refusing to discuss any new contract with big Sam until the end of the season, and maybe that’s because they are not safe yet from relegation, and any one of about ten sides at the moment could end up making the drop.
Andy is also a big admirer of Sam Allardyce, after he forged a good relationship with Sam when he was the Newcastle manager for around eight months from the summer of 2007, after Sam was appointed by then Chairman Freddy Shepherd, just before Mike Ashley bought the club.
Newcastle are interested in taking Carroll back to Tyneside this summer, but they will only do that if they can get a price on Carroll closer to £10M – and £17M is too much for any reasonable club to offer – but we suppose there’s always QPR – if they manage to survive in the Premier League this season.
Newcastle are also interested in 23 year-old St Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyangm and 24 year-old Sporting Lisbon striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel – and they would each cost a little under £10M – so it’s out of the question Newcastle paying much more than that to bring Andy Carroll home.
And Newcastle fans are split down the middle about Andy with 46% wanting him back at Newcastle and 46% not wanting him back – if the price was £10M.
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