It just didn’t seem right that Newcastle turned down the second bid from Liverpool and within minutes of that news (or was it seconds), David Craig suddenly announced to his delight that Carroll had handed in a transfer request, and all hell broke loose.
Alan met Harry
Davis is the Sky Sports guy in the North East.
That didn’t strike true for some reason, because it immediately got Mike Ashley off the hook with Newcastle fans, whose fury was turned against one of their own – Andy Carroll.
And somebody who should know all about this stuff is Harry Redknapp, and this is what Harry told Sky Sports last night:
“I had a good laugh watching the Sky Sports News interview from Newcastle, it was one of the funniest things I have seen in a while.”
“Newcastle had fought to keep him, had pulled out all the stops and then he put in a transfer request.”
“They’ve got their £36M, it’s the same with all these clubs when they sell a player, they want the player to put a transfer request in so it looks better for them.”
“I’m sure they are pleased with the price they have got for the boy.”
That supports the growing theory that the Andy Carroll transfer request was a ruse to save the Newcastle hierarchy.
Shouldn’t they have some official inquiry or statement to say exactly what happened yesterday, or will Andy Carroll have to further spill the beans on that supposed transfer request – which we now just don’t believe.
But we feel sure Andy has already been told by now by the Newcastle hierarchy to be quiet. As we said earlier the business world can be quite brutal.
What happened yesterday will make it even harder for Alan Pardew to operate successfully at Newcastle, with his relationships with Ashley and Llambias being strained.
And just a thought – how long will Mike Ashley own the Newcastle club?