Choose your hero wisely!

Shearer - A real local hero.
It has been a roller coaster of emotions this transfer window, and the ride got even more turbulent on the final day when Andy Carroll decided to hand in a transfer request at his supposedly beloved Newcastle United.

Even in the aftermath, there are conflicting feelings amongst the Toon Army after our most recent local hero chose to relieve himself of that title.

The lesson we should learn from this is simple in my opinion. We often invest too much, too soon in our players. Whether it be an affinity for a player, or a dislike, the list of players once loved and now loathed is long. The same can be said for the opposite.

We expect our players to have the same passion for the club as it’s supporters, but that is a nearly impossible ask. The modern day footballer is a celebrity, a millionaire raised from a young age as a prince of promise, constantly told of their greatness, and brought up in a world where all wants are afforded to them. This makes them egotistical and incapable of sharing the same love as a supporter for their club.

We often turn to our past legends and local lads as surely they’ll understand what it means and they will give us what we expect. That may have been true, in years past, but as more money comes into the game, those same kind of ‘loyalties’ start to wane.

Newcastle will always be a top club, if not in the world, at least for us. Regardless of who fills it’s shirts, we can’t expect footballers to be anything more than that, footballers.

Andy Carroll has proved that in a cruel way. But we should learn from this. Let’s not be so quick to anoint our heroes. Let them earn it through time and action, and not words.

Someone who stays with the club, even through lack of first team chances, because he wants to be here. Someone who signs a contract to stay with the club, not for monetary gain, but because he wants to be here. Someone who takes pride in his role and tries to encourage his team-mates to do the same.

I am guilty of believing the intentions of Andy Carroll.

Wouldn’t it be ironic though that with the loss of our latest Geordie hero to Liverpool, the hero we’ve wanted all along, is a scouser?

About JerseyGeordie

yes, I support the toon. What of it... Number 7 on your shirt, number 1 in your hearts.

52 thoughts on “Choose your hero wisely!

  1. My Hero never changed because of some greasy looking big galoot scored a few goals in the champioship and did well for 6 months in the premiership.

    He will never be in the same class as Shearer, Free kicks, Penalties, Headers, Volleys, Tap ins, Long rangers.

    Great crosser, Passer. Hold up play, Flick ons, Defending near post, Captain, Leader and im sure will come back as a strong manager when he has time to lay his plans.

    The greatest most fabulously complete player i ever saw and will ever see, Andy Carroll isnt fit to wash Als skiddy kecks…

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  2. Great article there JG and spot on……..I don’t think Ryan Taylor is the hero we’ve wanted all along though! πŸ˜‰

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  3. Steve Harper … Someone who stays with the club, even through lack of first team chances, because he wants to be here. Someone who signs a contract to stay with the club, not for monetary gain, but because he wants to be here. Someone who takes pride in his role and tries to encourage his team-mates to do the same … πŸ˜€

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  4. I’m watching the Chelsea and Arsenal games on stream and it surely can’t be long until technology comes into footy can it? Louis Saha has scored from about 4 yards offside and somehow the linesman never saw it 😯

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  5. Cheers lace, richie, toonsy
    Sometimes I hate the fact that the happenings on tyneside effect my whole day and my mood. Sometimes without even realizing it. Yesterday I nearly lost my job for almost flooring a coworker, I almost kicked wor lass out over something daft, and could barely hold a conversation with anyone.
    I thought I’d put things into perspective and calm down a bit. I can’t help the fact that I love my club, but I won’t allow myself to invest in a player like that again. Truth is a majority of our squad would do the same thing if put in judas’ position.
    Howay the LADS, not lad πŸ˜‰

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  6. Aye good article mate, he was never gonna be a shearer and never looked inspiring on the ball. Won’t deny I loved to see a local lad in the number 9, scoring us goals, helping us get promotion first of all then helping us push on in the PL. He was a huge favourite of mine. But right now, I fckin hate the [email protected] Feel very betrayed. Absolutely love Tiote, Barton and Colo, with Enrique being my absolute favourite, but I could have understood if they’d wanted to go for a top team..they could all make it there. This level of betrayal is something I haven’t felt so far in my support for newcastle…still, two fingers to the Judas, we’ll take the 35mil he wasn’t worth. Cya.

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  7. Big shout to Harps as well who someone mentioned earlier, 15 years and playing second fiddle to given when he coulda been in another PL starting for sure. No contract issues, no complaints. true hero.

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  8. Munich

    Sorry m8 but i cannot accept it, If he was that bothered about leaving he would tell them where to shove their transfer, Walk out, Turn his phone off and ignore them.

    If he wanted to stay he should have tried harder I for one will never forgive him…

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  9. Munich bearing in mind that’s a long time friend of Carroll…..
    How did you feel when you first heard of Liverpool’s interest?

    I was a bit surprised and didn’t really know what was going on at the time. When I knew it was real and that there was a chance for me to come here I knew it was a great opportunity and I had to take it.
    πŸ‘Ώ

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  10. Munich
    Steve Wraith is a self absorbed doorman who seems to see himself as a self appointed voice of everything NUFC. His obvious bias towards Carroll and against Ashley is the only thing that ‘pretty clear’ in that video.

    There are some simple questions from yesterday’s events which Carroll’s story simply doesn’t answer, no matter how many times Wraith wants to say ‘he wasn’t wanted’. Someone posted this earlier and it’s probably the best summary i’ve read on yesterday so far, objective, unlike Mr Wraith

    http://www.lukewhostalking.co.uk/2011/02/have-i-fallen-out-of-love-with.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LukeWhosTalking+%28Luke+Who%27s+Talking%29

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  11. Munich-To be fair mate, that’s the lad he text. He’s clearly just repeating what the text said, to the Guardian there. I doubt given the fact he’s a long time friend of Andy’s that he’d think Andy would lie to him about such a massive personal issue.
    Maybe he wouldn’t, maybe Carroll was telling the truth but I also doubt he’d want to tell a good friend of his who has a Newcastle United fanzine that he’s walking out on the club he “loves” for the sake of cash either.

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  12. As he says in the video – he looked after number one

    Oh well we move on – fulham game tomorrow, am gonna be there and hope we stuff em

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  13. ILM-A canny write up like, probably the most level headed i’ve seen thus far from a journo.

    As for all this “you’re not wanted stuff”..I seriously doubt ANYBODY at the club told Andy Carroll that he quite literally “wasn’t wanted” or “wasnt needed” at Newcastle. He’s taken them telling him to hand in an official transfer request as telling him he isn’t wanted.
    At the end of the day he held the club to ransom and they called his bluff. It’s win win as far as Ashley is concerned. He either keeps his star striker or he makes 35 million quid, he doesn’t really care whether Carroll is here or not. In fact I imagine he cares so little he wouldn’t waste his time with trying to hurt Carroll’s feelings.

    A shame, but once again, it looks like the blame lays at the door of Carroll. People are talking about the smile on his face in pictures etc, I’m quite sure I said the same-But at the end of the day he has to be professional. He can’t turn up with a face like a smacked arse for a photo shoot and then tell the official LUFC journalist that he’s only here because he couldn’t get more money out of us. That’s all purely for show. Whether he’s gutted or not, it was all about money.

    I wonder when he’ll realise what he’s done. His head will be spinning just now like, probably when he settles down in Liverpool and has been there for a few months. Either that or when he returns to SJP, he’ll realise what he’s done.

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  14. ILM – yup that article pretty much sums up my feelings as does JGs post above, they all lie and we’re the mugs who choose to believe em

    One of the reasons I like Barton so much is that he tells it like it is, especially when he mentioned that players are full of shit and cnstantly go on about how much they love whichever club they’re at, I fully expect AC to be kissing the Liverpool badge in a few weeks

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  15. I think the title of the article sums up why it’s easier to pick a National Team hero then a club hero. At the Nat level, your hero can’t go to a dif country for a better financial offer.

    At the club level, all players are business men, plying their trade on the pitch. If a corporation seeks your services and offers you a better deal then the one you’ve got…well, you have to take it.

    Unfortunately for the fans it never seems to be that easy. I can’t (well I can but wouldn’t respect myself), start following another club just because they picked up my favorite player.

    That’s the rub of being a fan. Generally, as a fan, you hope your best players will stay, and hope other good players will leave their club to come to yours. But, generally you don’t see players hoping the fans will follow them from team to team to support them…they play to the existing support hoping to get more out of those that already support the club.

    The comfort I have is that while Andy Carroll scored a lot for us, he wasn’t the only one scoring goals. We have wins and draws without him and losses with him. So, come the summer, i think we’ll be in a fine position to improve upon an already great squad.

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  16. Howay Torres, would love him to stick it to the bin dippers with Chelsea at the weekend like. Imagine Carroll watching the man he’s just replaced rip up his new mates from the stand..

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  17. Anyone who is saying he was forced out. It’s all shite, he is the one who signed on the dotted line at liverpool. If he rejected the contract offer then what? He remains a Newcastle player and the board look like [email protected] for accepting the offer when he doesnt want to go. But the offer was accepted bc he got greedy with his contract demands. So either he wanted Β£80,000 at NUFC or Liverpool. It was all about money for him not the shirt

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  18. JG cracking thread mate and I agree with most of what you say πŸ˜‰
    I think this has just reinforced my belief that players like Shearer, Giggs etc are a thing of the past. and I know that I will not be getting my wee Lad players names on his Kits anymore πŸ‘Ώ 6 fuking months what a waste of money πŸ™„ .
    As for Judas’s interview it sickened the shit out of me with half the sh1te he comes of with and how much of a plank he really is πŸ˜†

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  19. I think if the money was the same he’d chose the toon over pool, but that doesnt really fit with what he’s been saying all along.
    It probably hasn’t even hit him yet. He probably thought that he would get the money from Newcastle much like Rooney did with man u. Ashley was probably thinking he would never see that kind of offer for him again and instead of risk losing him in the summer for less, took the money and ran.

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  20. Just having a browse on MAD here, a lad posted a thread on the 8th of December claiming that Carroll had apparently met with Damien Comolli, in Liverpool that morning. Lads have posted on the thread today with things like “your information holds up again, well done” etc…implying that he’s been right with nufc related info in the past.

    Obviously there’s every chance that it was purely rumour..but it’s still quite a strange coinicidence if it was a complete stab in the dark!

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  21. I was surprised that he sort of dropped Nolan in the shit by saying that Nolan told him it was a big opportunity for him and that he was over the moon for him πŸ‘Ώ

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  22. I think if we keep on the way we are going we should be ok mate, I do believe that most of the money will be used for new players πŸ˜‰
    I know I would have been gutted normally if the club sold Carroll 😈 but the fact he put in the Transfer request made it so much easier for me, we are more than just Andy Carroll we are United
    Howay the Lads.

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  23. Dave you believe the first time I put someones name on the back of a kit was this judas oaf… Won’t be doing that again.

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  24. Shame wedidn’t go in for a Martins loan move now? Wouldn’t have minded him for the rest of the season anyway regardless of not knowing about Carroll’s future. Frustrating and unreliable, but better than what we’ve got. I miss those flips too…See how he does for Bham and maybe go in with a snatch in the summer? Can’t be worth much, no other clubs seem to be rating him.

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  25. I was considering a Carroll 9 shirt, very glad I didn’t now. I was dubious given the fact Puma change their kits every season though, not the fact i thought he’d be sold.

    The only names i’d have on my shirt are (were) Carroll, Tiote, Ben Arfa, Jose, Colo and Barton. I cant guarantee any of them will be here after the summer so i’m just not doing it.

    Maybe i’ll buy the goalie shirt and get Harps on it πŸ˜•

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  26. Ross, Given was almost my first 3 years ago as I really liked the goalie kits and really liked him lol maybe my kit name choices are just as bad as Toonsy’s predictions 😯

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  27. nice article JerseyGeordie

    really just this !!!

    Someone who stays with the club, even through lack of first team chances, because he wants to be here. Someone who signs a contract to stay with the club, not for monetary gain, but because he wants to be here. Someone who takes pride in his role and tries to encourage his team-mates to do the same.

    just want the players that pound to wear the shirt , love and want to be here – not just for money.
    it’s not too much to ask for , isn’t it ??

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