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Room at the Inn for Andy?

Posted on December 8th, 2009 | 76 Comments |

Seconds out...
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It’s “A time for giving, and for getting, a time for forgiving and for forgetting”, according to dear old Sir Cliff. And as Christmas rolls around, Newcastle’s Andy Carroll could be hoping that it’s the fans that can forgive and forget, and that he’s not getting charged for giving someone a pasting.

Specific details are yet to emerge about the England Under 21 internationals altercation on Sunday night, in the exotic backdrop of the Bigg Market’s Blu Bambu. However, what we do know, is that he has been bailed after being questioned on suspicion of ABH after being led away in handcuffs at 1.30 in the morning, while the ‘victim’ of the attack went to hospital with what were described as ‘non-life-threatening head injuries’.

Chris Hughton confirmed yesterday that he remains in the United squad for tomorrow’s trip to Coventry, although he may have doubts about his inclusion in getting him stripped. According to The Journal and The Mirror, Carroll was ‘given a dressing down in private by the Newcastle boss’, despite appearing to let the law decide on his guilt before acting.

And it would seem this unfortunate incident follows hot on the heels of a recent warning he’d already received about his conduct out and about on the tiles. He has already courted controversy with another early morning scuffle with a female back in the summer of last year, for which he was charged. And the reports coming back from Preston about his behaviour weren’t exactly glowing.

And of course there’s his spat with N’Zogbia, which saw him trade blows with the young Frenchmen. Now I’m not saying that I imagine you wouldn’t want to occasionally clip Le Sulk, but most of the lads seemed to be able to remain in control without chinning him, despite the tensions you get in training. So this is another one to add to a list of misdemeanours, and Hughton had this to say:

“At this moment, we’re not prepared to make any comment on Andy,”

“He is available for selection. He has trained and trained very well. It’s very much a club issue. As per normal when something happens, we of course always have to speak with the player, find out the facts and the normal stuff like that.”

“Until that’s been done, the only thing I can really say is no comment. I think the best way is always to deal with things in-house, always.”

“We do talk about the distractions that are out there, the most important thing after our games is recovery and doing things right off the pitch as well.”

‘Doing the right things off the pitch’ is something that a number of our players have struggled to do in their time in black and white, from the habitual offender that is Joey Barton, to the irritating and offensive Craig Bellamy and the ‘bling kings’ that were Jenas, Dyer et al. I think most of us were quite optimistic that the behaviour of the players was something we could start to rely on.

So on reflection, just at a time when the focus has been refreshingly on the pitch, our wayward striker has got involved in something that detracts from him. It’s unfair to hang him for an incident we don’t know much about. And young lads will make mistakes they can hopefully learn from, but the question has to be asked. With a questionable reputation and having become a young dad recently, and with a midweek game coming up, why not do yourself a favour and keep out of harm’s way?

Well tomorrow might let us know just how sympathetic and Hughton is to Carroll putting himself in that position, and Andy might have blown his good start to the season. Depending on the outcome of the investigations, that might be the least of his worries, and whilst young Andy has lots of maturing to do on the pitch, he’s going to have to grow up and grow wily quickly off it, even if he’s proven innocent on this occasion.

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76 Responses

  1. Eeeh Bowburn! Another slightly soft focus picture of a gadgie with nee shirt on! You’ll be accused of allsorts by urban sophisticates like hitman. Do ye gan to Rockshots like? :-)

  2. “I think the best way is always to deal with things in-house, always.”


    Thank god, hopefully he sticks to this. Sick of our dirty laundry being aired out in public like, even though 9 times out of 10 its a players/Ashleys own fault. Fair play to Hughton though, Carrolls been a silly boy yet again seemingly but if he’s dealt with it then get on with concentrating on the football. I also have no issue with him having a go at N’zogbia. Training ground bust up’s occur weekly they just dont get out to the press and i’d put good money on that silly little bugger being the one that started it and Andy swiftly finished it.

    Look at the Beattie situation, word is he’s looking for a new club after his little episode with Pulis.

  3. worky – met a lovely Scouse lass in a gay nightclub in Liverpool back in the day. Football trip away and one of the lads, to my incredulity, had bagged himself a lapdancer. But by the time she finished at 3/4am whatever it was, that was the only place open. I didn’t realise til I got in there and the gay version of Elvis Presley was running and jumping and then clinging to a column (ooer) on the dancefloor. Don’t mind admitting I was a little uncomfortable back at her flat with her 3 inebriated gay flatmates though. As liberal as I am!! I moved the party-for-two into the bedroom as swiftly as I could. But the house was very tidy.

    The ladancer was a lovely lass an’ all. When the lad left in the morning, he took his fiver ‘dance money’ back for the craic with the lads. I like to think he mailed it back to her when he got home but I’m not sure if I just hope he did. Ah the good old days…

  4. BBM 1st chance I got to ask you did you see the spat between CH and Lovenkrands and if so what did you make of it, I haven’t seen or heard anymore about it. As for Carroll I think we will get a good idea tomorrow night if he was in the wrong

  5. Batty I think you could be right it was a Lady Boy only BBM doesn’t want to admit it :) . As for owen the wee toss pot I allways said if you stick him in a good team he would do ok.

  6. dave me eldest is of to  afgan  on the 14th of jan  the wife is starting to get a bit doon like ive told her try not to think aboot it till after xmas even though its on my mind every day

  7. Batty there is nothing you can do buddy except support them what everway you can. I feel for you’s but mate Geordie’s are made of good steel . Is he looking forward to going ?

  8. Flying visit,
    just got time to say, some canny results for the lads tonight.
    & batty, all the best to your lad & look after y’mrs mate.

  9. yeah hes looking forward to it thats what i cant get m8  he keeps saying when hes back we will be back in the prem and hes had another fcking tattoo sumit weird aboot living and dying ive told him not to show it to his mam shes bad enough as it is

  10. Batty I can assure you its normal to look forward to going, But he will be scared even though he mightn’t let you know. Just let him know that everything will be ok and that he is allowed to be scared but must of all tell him you love him and your proud of him. as I allway wish my Dad was round to say it to me when I went.and dont forget to look after yourself as well, as most people offer support to the Mums and Wifes but most times they forget about the Dad

  11. I think we should get a win im going for a 0-2.  well mate away to get something to eat im starving lol take it easy bud catch you later

  12. Hey lads. Looking forward to the game tomoz. Thoroughly enjoyed our carling cup meeting last season. We almost had ya if it wasn’t for a certain michael owen. Look out tomorro nite lads. We’re on an abysmal run but notoriously do well against the top two. We’re defo more mobile in midfield but we may cancel each other out. I’m guessing both teams will play 4-5-1. Our Sammy Clingan is your alan smith. Except our lad gets a few goals ;o) We may play clinton morrison on the right with leon best up top. If Coleman has got the lads heads right (confidence is a problem at our place currently) I’m thinking we may grind a 0-0. I hope you don’t turn the screw tomorrow but I hope you get back where you belong next season. A lot of people love ya despite the cockney hate mob. Merry xmas geordies.

  13. Hey lads. Looking forward to the game tomoz. Thoroughly enjoyed our carling cup meeting last season. We almost had ya if it wasn’t for a certain michael owen. Look out tomorro nite lads. We’re on an abysmal run but notoriously do well against the top two. We’re defo more mobile in midfield but we may cancel each other out. I’m guessing both teams will play 4-5-1. Our Sammy Clingan is your alan smith. Except our lad gets a few goals ;o) We may play clinton morrison on the right with leon best up top. If Coleman has got the lads heads right (confidence is a problem at our place currently) I’m thinking we may grind a 0-0. I hope you don’t turn the screw tomorrow but I hope you get back where you belong next season. A lot of people love ya despite the cockney hate mob. Merry xmas geordies

  14. just heard a rumour that gary caldwell turned down strachan at the smoggies as he has agreed to join us (hope not was’nt good enough first time round)

  15. Play up sky blue!! We’re gonna run cirlcels round your old boys tonight and bully your young’uns!! Beware of the gunnarrrrrrr!!! Good luck for the season lads.

  16. houghton should give vuckic the nolan role tonight as an attacking midfielder that lat has the potencial to make it big in the game

  17.                                                           Harper
                            Taylor                                                  Coloccini
    Simpson                                                                                               Enrique
                          Smith                                                     Butt
    Pancrate                                                                                            Jonas
                                             Vuckic
                                                                carroll

    thats the team to rip coventry apart

  18. Batty, good luck and best wishes to your son, you must be very proud of him as most of the country are and also very grateful.
    I was at Ashington yesterday to watch the Fusiliers march through the town, although not my regiment, it was brilliant to see them and they were as proud as punch with a magnificent turnout showing their utmost respect to these young men.
    Onto football, newsnow is reporting that a fee is close to being agreed to bring back David Edgar from Burnley.

  19. all i need say about Carroll is that on his facebook profile he has a photo album entitled “my body”
    enough said….

  20. @barton12 – Edgar was out of contract so no fee was payable afaik
    Carrolls been a bit of a knob and he needs to be aware of that – don’t think people are being that hard on him, he should know better than hanging around the sh!te bars in the bigg market

  21. edgar was under the age of 24 he is 22 newcastle are due compensation as for carroll he is a young lad you never made mistakes mate are u as you put it a knob

  22. @barton – I’ve been a knob many times in my youth and people have let me know it  – I ain’t got a problem with that and nor should carroll
     
     
     

  23. all players under 24 who move to another club in the same country under freedom of contract the parent club is due compensation it was a rule brought in with the bosman rule and a E.U. directive it is to protect smaller clubs

  24. that my point we all have no so myself but it seems ot the moment every one is kicking at him looking for blood instead of saying just carroll you acted like a pr*k NOT AGAIN LAD or as my father would say a thick lug

  25. http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/opinion/blogs/mirror-football-blog/Sol-Campbell-to-Manchester-United-how-I-broke-the-story-by-James-Nursey-article249297.html

    Just about some of the absolute poorest journalism I have ever seen, and here’s why;

    Firstly, the title is smug and pompous. Secondly, he refers to an ex-pro like he’s his boyfriend and whatever info he needs he can get it from him, but let’s see what the “source” has been right about…

    Delph to Villa. A young, English prospect tipped for the Premier League, going to Villa – a club reknowned for it’s English players? Not rocket Science.

    Kranjcar to Spurs – Modric picks up a long term injury, Porstmouth are in league and financial trouble and Harry has previously managed him… DUHHHH.

    Then, aside from his pompous title and insider sources, he decides to add a disclaimer at the end – a kind of, “oh yes, I am the journo man who knows the big stories first and runs them because i’m brilliantly confident… But of course that doesn’t necessarily mean he will do it”. So either way, he’s right. “There is a possibility”… Mate, there’s a possibility of Campbell starting cross dressing tomorrow so you may as well write about that…

    Such a disblief that people get paid to write such tosh like that… Kind of gives me hope for my own journalism career dream though!

  26. http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/opinion/columnists/oliver-holt/Good-luck-to-Oliver-Gill-it-can-t-be-easy-when-your-dad-is-the-Manchester-United-manager-s-boss-article249201.html

    Sorry to do it again but such POOR journalism yet again from the same paper…

    … He states, it can’t be easy when your dad is the manager’s boss, it’s a real testament of character if you’ve got this far…

    … Sorry, have I missed something here?! He is the son of the manager’s boss… Surely if there was any other person to have as a dad to make it EASIER to get into the team it could only be the manager, nevermind his boss?! What an absolute plonk.

  27. just read the campbell article and can see were your coming from and your right mate but then again it is the mirror

  28. ryan taylor or guthrie  would be a more solid choice on the right i’d go with pancrate the only way to get match fit is mins on a pitch start him see how long he lasts

  29. Andynufc, Graham Roberts was on the Alan Brazil show this morning and he said that he had very good information that Campbell was a done deal with Newcastle where he would get a game rather than bench warming at the mancs.

  30. Where have the good ol’ days gone? Not a ribbing or a reply from any of you! Bet our keeper gets man of the match.

  31. barton12 says:
    December 9, 2009 at 1:01 pm
    ryan taylor or guthrie  would be a more solid choice on the right i’d go with pancrate the only way to get match fit is mins on a pitch start him see how long he lasts
    ————————————————————-
    But with Nolan suspended surely Guthrie would have to play that AM spot….

    I would be Ok with either taylor of Pancrate.  I just fear that Butt will be in the squad somewhere

  32. Harewood uptop on his own. Lovenkrands and Jonas on the wings.

    Butt to replace Nolan and he will sit with Smudge.

    Guthrie will move inside.

    Pancrate will replace one of the wide lads depending on how it goes or we may need to shift Lovenkrands or AN Other upfront as well as bringing on Pancrate.

    That’s how I expect it to play out.

  33. BBM
    So most of the young lads had good reason to chin N`Zogbia, “Le Sulk” Eh!
    Just where do you get that shit from, there`s a guy who came from France as a young lad, who as far as i know never got into trouble  with the law, but it`s ok to call him names and insinuate he could be difficult. 
    As apposed to a guy with a history of physical abuse (of women yet) who has just been arrested for sending someone to hospital, but thats ok cause he`s just a young lad and should be given a break , Eh ?
    Bit of both a selective and regional attitude, dont you think ?

  34. N’Zogbia had a couple of runs in with other players on the training ground but they were generally split up. His attitude was quite often in question, particularly when consistently getting bollocked for using his phone in the changing room and infamously texting during a team talk. I’d have kicked his ar*e.

    At what point in the article did I suggest it was OK to knock him out? I suggested he could and should have controlled himself. Everybody gets heated to the point of fisticuffs at one point or another. Generally, I’m a lover not a fighter though. Incidentally, I don’t have a great deal of time for Carroll on or off the pitch, if I gave the impression that I did.

  35. worky chuck has a bit of a complex man and so would u if u were half asian half chinese 5ft 2 homosexual with a bald head wouldnt u :lol:

  36. BBM
    I certainly did`nt accuse you of being racist, as I dont think you are, what i did say was you are selective in your judgement and that may include a bit of regionalism.
    The subject was based on  one of our players being arrested, someone with a proven record of violence, you confuse the issue by introducing a youngster who though no longer at  the club,  you then slander by insinuation , why ?
    Then to add insult to injury post a article intended to prove he was awkward citing one offence, texting on his phone.
    Let it go !
    Batty
    And so what`s wrong with the taliban, why dont you like them ?  

  37. chuck and if y divent beleive me go knock on ur neibours door and ask them your living in america arnt u ?

  38. Batty
    Do you have a problem with , hmmmm lets see half Asian and half Chinese (redundant) bald and short  homosexuals.
    Perhaps you just had a bad experience with one, they cant all be bad.

  39. Batty
     They are the same  cowards  who kicked the USSR out of their country, and are in the process of kicking  both US & UK ass as we speak.

  40. dont u meen there the same cowards that killed over 2 thousanand people in the twin towers and if y ou think thats good your no better than them

  41. Batty, Chuck,

    I would recommend that you both read Jason Burke’s books “Al Queda – The true story of radical Islam” and “On the road to Kandahar: Travels through conflict in the Arab world”.

  42. Just been on century radio, Pancrate, Ameobi and Butt all in, Guthrie and Harewood out with suspended Nolan, Carroll not in the squad but all this is to be confirmed.

  43. Batty
    No, you got the wrong people, they were mostly our friends from both Egypt and Saudi Arabia, mostly educated young guys, who hit the twin towers.
    None were from either Iraq or Afghanistan, there`s also a difference between Al Quada and the Taliban who  (the Taliban)were in fact a  joint creation of the CIA and the Pakistani Intelligence to counter the USSR`s auccupation in the 80`s .

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