The Sunday Mirror says that Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has been told he can sign another striker, should Andy Carroll be handed a jail sentence in his upcoming assault trial on October 25th, at the Newcastle Magistrate Courts.
Andy Carroll – could be getting jail time – we hope not
It seems that the possibility of Andy Carroll being unavailable following his assault trial, has already been discussed at the Newcastle United Boardroom level, and the club has plans to bring in a top striker in January, even if it has to be a loan signing.
The Mirror is reporting that Chris has been told he will be able to sign at least one new player in January, and if Andy is not available at that time, it would seem sensible that the top priority would be an experienced striker.
There are other news reports today that suggest Newcastle will not spend again until next summer, but we have a hard time believing that, especially if Newcastle are struggling come January, since the very last thing the club wants is another relegation. We cannot go through all that again, so soon after the last disastrous relegation.
Of course, after so many missed chances in yesterday’s home game against Blackpool, it’s clear why Hughton wanted to bring in an experienced striker in the summer, but his attempt to sign Robbie Keane from Spurs, on loan, was not successful.
No doubt the Newcastle scouts will be checking on strikers through the end of this year, so they are able to line up a striker to come to Newcastle in January, if that is necessary with Carroll being unavailable.
Hughton talked about the Carroll situation, and seemed to echo the club’s party line on the player:
“Ideally, we would have liked the trial out of the way sooner than October. But we will continue to support Andy.”
Obviously we have to hope that Andy can avoid jail time, but at least some planning needs to be done in case he is given time in jail.
Plan for the worst and hope for the best – is the usual policy in these cases.