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Magpies Plan For Top Striker Should Carroll Get Jail Time

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.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Sep 12, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #1

    Thats more like newcastle – players in jail.

    Let the good time roll


    Sep 12, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #2

    shut up ya prat

  • CT

    Sep 12, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #3

    Can`t see him getting time, hope not anyway. Keane`s a pipe dream now that Defoe is out for circa 3 months. K will get plenty of playtime as long as Spurs stay in Europe! Ranger needs more chances. 4.5.1 or is ok when we are leading but once we go behind it has to be 4.4.2. Carrol won his share of flick ons yesterday but was isolated! When Guthrie is back HBA can play off the striker ala Pedro, that will give us more creativity and fluidity!! We have options if CH is brave enough, sure we`ll get tonked a few times,but we`ll def have a cutting edge!!

  • ganiyu

    Sep 12, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #4

    is it a crime to play ranger and carrol upfront?alan smith should be given a free transfer

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Sep 12, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Hoy CArtoon u the only one theat can slag the team off then PRAT

  • Edd Case

    Sep 12, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #6

    trial on October 25th, at the Newcastle Magistrate Courts

    You cant have a trial at a Mags court, has to be at Crown Court.

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Sep 12, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #7

    What a total non-story. He’s being done for ABH, which means he caused someone bruising (if the victim bleeds at all, it becomes GBH).

    In today’s judiciary system, for better of for worse, it’s very rare to get anything approaching a custodial sentence. He’ll get community service.


    Sep 12, 2010 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #8

    BlacknWhite Barmy I dont know any newcastle supporter that would sound happy for carrol to go to jail like u in comment 1.Mr prat show me were i have slaged the team off as you say in comment 5

  • Charlietoon

    Sep 12, 2010 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Ganiyu Smith is on massive wages. He wont leave the club because no one will match it. what he will do is wait till he can leave on a free and sign for the bonus

  • baro

    Sep 13, 2010 at 2:39 AM

    Comment #10

    I say sell Smith get a couple of million add it on to our tiny kitty we already have and then buy Ricky Van Wolfswinkel or don’t rule out Obafemi Martins return!! Would love him back, Carroll’s headers (If not gone to jail) to Martins, Enrique through balls to Martins would also create lots of goals. We really miss a striker with lots of speed. Martins is one of the fastest players in the world.

  • LambethMag

    Sep 13, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Carroll is at Crown Court for this “ABH”, and believe me, there’s a bloody good chance of him getting 6-12 months from what I’ve heard. Its close to a wounding with intent. The kid got glassed not scratched.


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