Not Going, Not Going…. GONE.

Posted: January 31, 2011 in Blogs
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“Forget Andy Carroll – he is not for sale at any price!”

‘Toon Insider’: November 2010


“When I sat down with Derek Llambias last night, Andy Carroll came up and he stays”

Alan Pardew: 9th December 2010


“He loves it here and loves the fans – long may it continue.”

Alan Pardew: 21st December 2010


“They can put together whatever they like. He is not for sale. I am going to say it for one last time, he is not for sale”

Alan Pardew: 17th January 2011


“He’s tired of saying how much he wants to stay.”

Evening Chronicle – TODAY 31st January 2011


“A transfer request from striker Andy Carroll has been accepted by Newcastle United.”

Official Newcastle United Website – 31st January 2011


A crazy transfer deadline day has so far brought with it rumour and counter-rumour galore, mainly revolving around Fernando Torres’ impending departure from Liverpool to Chelsea. With Liverpool having £50m burning a hole in their pockets and their distraught fanbase to appease, they have moved to replace Torres with Newcastle’s number 9 and Local Hero, Andy Carroll. The day started with rumours of a £30 million bid from Liverpool for the Gateshead-born talisman. This bid was supposedly rejected with Newcastle setting an asking price of £35million for their young striker.

By the late afternoon, Skyports News reported that Newcastle had “reluctantly” accepted a transfer request from Andy Carroll as he headed towards Merseyside for a medical. The transfer fee for Carroll is rumoured to be in the region of £35+ million with potential future additional payments. You would hope that Newcastle, taking heed from the Milner-Man City transfer will have included a sizeable sell-on fee clause, so that the club can profit in the event that Carroll should move on again in the future. The news of Carroll’s sale will spark a mixed reaction amongst Toon fans, with the player undoubtedly a fantastic, local prospect worthy of potentally emulating Alan Shearer as the club’s record goalscorer. However, £35 million plus is an incredible amount of money and should Carroll sign for the Reds before Torres puts pen to paper with Chelsea then he will become the most expensive player in British football history and the 8th most expensive in the world. For a player that has 14 top-flight goals and one international cap to his name, it is a phenomenal price, achieved purely as a knock-on effect of Torres relocation to London. Considering Carroll was supposedly offered around to clubs for a a paltry £1m only 18 months ago, the deal represents a great profit for Newcastle, but also underlines the immense improvement in Andy Carroll’s game since Newcastle were relegated in 2009.

He may hail from Gateshead but Carroll is far from the Angel of The North

The hurt for Newcastle fans will be tempered somewhat by Carroll’s apparent desire to leave, proven by  his decision to hand in a transfer request. Although the player wanted to leave and the price is an incredibly good one for Newcastle, the real reaction from Newcastle fans will come from the clubs response in replacing Carroll. With such little time left in this window, it is highly unlikely that the Magpies will be able to buy a high-calibre replacement, so a loan deal for an out-of favour striker from elsewhere in the Premier League seems likely, although rumours linking Peter Crouch with a move to the North-East seem unlikely as Spurs are themselves looking to bolster their attacking ranks having let Robbie Keane go on loan to West Ham. Newcastle may have to wait until the summer to sign Carroll’s replacement and will then be able to benefit from the lower summer transfer window prices.

Liverpool are getting themselves a very good player with undoubted talent and potential, yet £35 million is an incredibly big millstone around his neck and should he fail to hit the ground running, there will be plenty of doubters ready to criticise the Geordie and make him a scapegoat after the loss of their beloved Torres. Whether or not the pony-tailed striker can carry the weight of expectation that will follow him remains to be seen. Whether Newcastle can recover from the loss of their highest goalscorer and one of their best players also remains to be seen. The only way Newcastle can move on is through shrewd reinvestment of the Carroll transfer fee in developing the squad: Anything else will spell disaster for the Mags.

  1. Ballistic says:

    Just shows that the directors do not have the ambition to build a top club

  2. Mr T-iote says:

    Yes £35m is an incredible amount and certainly a lot more than Carroll’s “market value”, but I feel that he was worth more than money to us. I saw him very much as a key figure in our future plans, with visions of him going on to break Shearer’s scoring record and going down in geordie folklore with the likes of Milburn and Shearer.

    Whether or not Carroll’s hand was forced into submitting a transfer request to protect the current regime from the inevitable backlash only time will tell, but I do suspect sinister hands at work.

  3. Jezza says:

    Ashley was always going to cash in on Carroll. Ashley waited till the last possible minute to sell Carroll so that he could get away with not investing a single penny of the fee on new players. Carroll is not injured, Ashley was just keeping him out of the team to protect his asset to guarantee him millions at the end of the window. I guarantee Carroll will be in the starrting eleven for Liverpool’s next match. It’s just like Beardsley all over again when he missed a run of games with a suposed injury before joining Liverpool then immediately ran rings round the Brazillian national team three days later.

    Newcastle United have not got £35 million for Carroll, Ashley has got £35 million for Carroll. In real terms Newcastle Utd have got NOTHING for Andy Carroll because that’s how much of the fee will be re-invested on new players.

    Another thing, this supposed “transfer request” is a total crock. Ashley has persuaded Carroll to go to Liverpool with something on the lines of “£100,000 a week, it’s all yours and all you have to do is not deny it when we announce you asked for a transfer”.

    This is one of my darkest ever days in 40 years of supporting Newcastle United. RIP NUFC destroyed by a fat parasite cockney b*****d.

    • fergie says:

      “Newcastle United have not got £35 million for Carroll, Ashley has got £35 million for Carroll.”

      Good point.

      Also, I’m hearing that Carroll was actually offered around to clubs last week.

  4. AndyMac says:

    Jezza is 100% spot on. This isnt about Andy taking the money and running, its about the Fatman doing another “James Milner” behind the back of Kevin Keegan.

    There is no joined up thinking at SJP when it comes to bringing in new players which is why we’ve lost AC and Routledge and Xisco of course. Carroll was the only recognised BPL striker in the squad and will be sorely missed.

    Paulychenko, Crouch or Carlton Cole are not serious contenders to replace the boy wonder but as it stands we wont be buying anybody will we ?

  5. dick baker says:

    The thing is its a business, Ashley is a businessman that only wants to make money.
    Its his job to secure profits, and as for the board their hearts will never be in the club as a supporter would like,this aint new, its obvious and has been for years, chairmen make decisions based on the wallet not the love of the game or the fellowship of supporters, they then tell us that its in the best interests of the club, cos we are profitable,the players are merceneries in the midst of all the chicanery, I fail to see why we are always surprised when this happens, regardless “come on the mags!”

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