This transfer window has been a nervy one, and in all honesty the question on everyone’s mind was always whether or not Andy Carroll would stay put? That question was answered on deadline day, and it wasn’t the answer that Newcastle fans wanted to hear.
The constant message that was coming from owner, manager and player himself on several occassions prior to deadline day was that Carroll was a one club man and the player wasn’t for sale. I think Newcastle fans could be forgiven for being sceptical of the owner’s promise that the star player wouldn’t be sold at any price.
It was reported that Liverpool had bid for the striker late on Sunday evening, a bid in the region of £30 million. This news was made public on Monday morning after it was announced that Newcastle had rejected the bid. Liverpool apparently wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer and continued to work on a deal for Carroll as they searched for a striker to replace Chelsea-bound Fernando Torres.
It was later claimed that Ashley and co had rejected a second bid from the Scousers in the region of £35 million. At that point I heard from a few places that talks between the two clubs had maybe stopped. Then the unthinkable happened and Judas, oops I mean Andy handed in a transfer request in an attempt to push the deal through.
The rest is history. He held talks with Dalglish, had a medical and before you know it, he’s someone else’s number nine. My main annoyance is hearing the lad talk about his love, passion and commitment for our club for so long. Then on transfer deadline day, when time was getting on, he decided that he’d kick each and every one of us in the bollocks and announce that he wanted out.
The timing gave us no chance or real opportunity to replace such a vital player. If for whatever reason Andy decided he wanted to move on he could have spoken up earlier about it and given everyone enough time to think about preparing for the loss
Andy apparently didn’t want to leave the club, and he sent a text to Toon Talk editor Steve Wraith which reportedly said:
“I’m gutted to be leaving my home town club. I was told to go. I didn’t want to leave that’s why I signed a 5 year deal. I was pushed out of the door.”
Aww, that’s ok then Andy because you didn’t hand in a transfer request did you? I’m sorry, but as people on here and other blogs have always pointed out, you are under contract that you don’t have to leave the club, nothing is forcing you to sign a contract elsewhere. So I’m afraid this whole ‘I was forced out’ crap will not fool me, it sounds like a feeble little consolation for the brilliant Newcastle United fans. It won’t wash with me. If Andy Carroll wanted to be a Newcastle player then he still would be, it really is that simple.
The only new arrival on Tyneside yesterday was the loan signing of Stephen Ireland, a deal that was expected to be completed anyway. It was reported that we made a last ditch attempt to sign former player and serial sulker Charles N’Zogbia in the closing stages of the window last night, and It was believed that we had an initial bid of £10 million rejected before a follow up bid of £12 million was also turned down by Dave Whelan.
You know the saying that no one is bigger than a football club? We should all remember that. The truth behind this sorry saga may never be fully understood, or accepted by us, but we have a team there that we love.
Carroll is gone and he has turned his back on the chance of being a true local hero and taking his boyhood heroes to the next level, which is too bad but life goes on and next stop for us is Fulham away on Wednesday night.
Andy Carroll is not our business anymore, not untill our trip to Anfield anyway and I’m sure that we will make our opinion known that afternoon. Onwards and upwards. Howay the lads!
Feel free to use this thread to vent.