Selling Andy Carroll – A Great Deal For The Magpies

There was uproar and pandemonium when Andy Carroll was sold to Liverpool for £35M just less than three years ago, but in retrospect that has turned out be a great deal for Newcastle.

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Andy Carroll – while at Newcastle

And the then new manager Alan Pardew took the heat from the fans, as he had almost promised that Andy was going nowhere, in only his second month as manager of Newcastle.

But Liverpool came in on 31st January, 2011 and met all of owner Mike Ashley’s requirements – £35M in cash – up front – for the 22 year-old, who at that time looked like he was going to  become England’s talisman at center-forward for years to come.

And while it could be dangerous to say this – it has turned out to be a brilliant deal by the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley – in retrospect.

Andy didn’t do well at all at Liverpool, and once new manager Brendan Rodgers came in to replace Kenny Dalglish, that was his career over at the Reds.

And last summer, West Ham paid just less than half the £35M – £17M to take him permanently to Upton Park, where the reports suggest they are paying him £100K/week on a six-year deal.

If that’s true the Hammers are paying out a cool £48M in transfer fee and ages over the next six years for Andy. 🙁

And he’s been injured all season, and made his very first appearance – as a sub – in the last game – so he’s already missed half a season.

And in that vital West Ham 2-0 win at Cardiff last weekend, the Gateshead lad set up the second goal in stoppage time.

While there was complete uproar when the 6’3″ striker was sold, there would be few fans today that would say this was not a good deal for Newcastle – in fact it’s been a great deal for Newcastle.

The newspapers are trying to make the case Andy will be a big threat to his old club tomorrow, but this is only his second game back, and he cannot be match fit at the moment.

But we’ll have to wait and see and Newcastle can take nothing for granted at Upton Park tomorrow afternoon.

So three years later the Andy Carroll deal could be one of the best that Newcastle have ever made.

And when we think of the Andy Carroll deal at West Ham, the Michael Owen deal that Newcastle struck back in August, 2005 – for £17M – for the then Real Madrid striker quickly comes to mind – and Michael was on £115K/week for four years, and played only 79 times with 30 goals for the club

That may be the worst deal Newcastle have ever made.

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16 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 17, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #1

    And Ed top that with WHam still owning Sheff Utd. £25M!

  • Markaccus

    Jan 17, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    It wont be good business if he scores a hat trick against us tomorrow! 😀

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 17, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #3

    it would be good business if we did what atheltico madrid do…unearth a top striker, sell him for stupid money then spend a good chunk of that on the next

    they are never out of pocket but always have a world class forward.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 17, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    we sold him for 35mil and then got ba on a free…great work.

    it’s a good thing we have started putting out accounts in the trophy cabinet

  • bobby mango

    Jan 17, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Kind of old news this one. Everyone knew the fee was excessive, the problem was selling our main striker, who was local and it left us with no-one upfront.

    As for him being a threat – I think he will be. I’ll be putting £5 on him and Nolan to score anytime in the match.

  • martoon

    Jan 17, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #6

    T Sage – had to do some work but to reignite the training camp debate I understand what you are saying but sometimes getting away from the pressures of everyday life, family demands etc allows them to refocus and concentrate on training, tactics etc. I’m sure they’ll fly back in plenty of time so travel fatigue is not an issue. It must have some benefits as lots of other teams do it as well!

  • bzak12

    Jan 17, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Bobby M I think Nolan is still suspended tomorrow he got 4 match ban for 2nd sending off.

  • Markaccus

    Jan 17, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #8


    It’s when people are calling it a reward for losing that annoys me 😀

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 17, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #9


    i don’t buy the whole fatigue things anyway from travelling…Jet lag is a real thing but sitting on a plane in first class isn’t too bad for short or even medium haul flights.

    It’s just managers use it all the time as an excuse for tiredness so thought i’d chuck it out there.

    I don’t think it will do much harm, but as a fan seeing them getting away on the weekend they should be playing a cup tie, which they missed out on due to a poor showing from the players it’s just badly timed.

    If they go there and just do some light work and recover in the sun, fine if it helps….it’s just how it appears…like markaccus said, even if they do have a few drinks they wouldn’t be getting hammered and dancing around with a load of women all night.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 17, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #10


    it is almost a reward, they wouldn’t have there nice little break in the sun if they hadn’t surrendered in that cup tie.

  • G

    Jan 17, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #11

    Whilst the circumstances of when we sold Carroll were not ideal, I still feel getting that amount of money for that player is probably the best piece of transfer business Newcastle have ever done.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 17, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #12


    second to only buying shearer?

  • G

    Jan 17, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #13

    Best bit of outgoing business then TS.

  • Mattroge

    Jan 17, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #14

    @Bobby 5 Nolan is still suspended mate

    Thoughts for tomorrow gents? I think we’ve got a good chance, Reid, Collins & Tomkins are all definitely out. Demel is also doubtful. I’d really like to see us have a go at them considering the defenders they have missing but I’ll take a scrappy 1-0 or 2-1 win if it comes down to it.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 17, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #15

    Selling Andy Carroll at that price was a masterstroke and the best piece of business Ashley has done for this club. The player is injury prone and too hot headed for his own good. A decent player but not as good as he thinks he is and we did very well to part ways. Considering we now have most of our players bought with the transfer money I don’t know where we would be if we hadn’t sold him. I do know we would have been worse off has we kept him.

  • ToonMatt

    Jan 17, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #16

    The only one to benefit from selling Andy Carroll was Mike Ashley the club did not see a penny of it the same goes for the TV money, Ashley is bleeding the club dry.


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