“We didn’t force anybody to leave, I disagree with that point. He had a contract here for five years, and at some point it would get renewed, but for him to sign in October and it get renewed in January – where would it stop?… it was his decision….if he didn’t get that contract, he wanted to go”. (Alan Pardew – January 2011)

Alan Pardew, for all of his other perceived faults as a man / manager / club representative / puppet, has never struck me as being an outright liar. In that context, and helicopters notwithstanding, I’ve always accepted his version of the farcical events which were played out at SJP on the last day of January this year as probably closer to the truth than anyone else’s.

The behaviour of Andy Carroll however – sending clandestine texts to a fanzine editor (not us !) denying your personal greed – is hardly the approach I’d expect an honest, aggrieved individual to take.

Let’s face it, Sky’s resident mackem spy David Craig virtually lives in a cardboard box outside St James’ Metro so Andy Carroll had ample opportunity to face the press and repudiate Pards if he felt so wronged. That he declined his right of reply merely served to confirm his guilt in my eyes and even though one of my local restaurateurs (the splendid Ali from Simla) has repeatedly praised Carroll’s manners, decorum and of course, propensity to leave big tips, he s**t on his own for me – that’s Carroll by the way, not Ali, whose food and service are exemplary.

Lest we forget what the player did; regardless of the love he reputedly retains for my local area, a matter of weeks after signing a contract of employment which he presumably was more than happy with, he held the club to ransom just because a smelly Scottish tramp (a different one this week) waved a bottle of Irn Bru and a few fivers in his face.

I can forgive Enrique his move to what he perceives as ‘a bigger club’ because he will have been fed that line by the English / Spanish media growing up in mainland Europe – and the Scousers did win one or two pots in his lifetime I’ll grant you  – but if that situation is to ever change, we need homegrown players to lead the revolution from the real North of England.

In Beardsley, Shearer and Steven Taylor, we have had a taste of that black and white revolution, but when even a Geordie turns his back on you, we’re doomed and the Dalglishs and Redknapps of the world can run amok.

So whatever happens at Anfield tonight and whether or not Carroll scores in what we all expect to be a convincing defeat, let’s put this ‘I never wanted to leave’ nonsense to bed once and for all.

If he does score, it wouldn’t surprise me if he kissed the badge on his new shirt? Maybe he won’t if we pay him not to. That might just work.

  • Anonymous

    Have to agree about Carroll, when players come to NUFC from elsewhere, especially abroad, you can only expect them to give and understand X amount.
    In Carroll’s case as a born and bred Geordie and Newcastle fan why would you want any shirt but the black and white number 9?
    GREED!!

  • Anonymous

    Agree totally with Chris, Carroll is a disgrace and only one step up the food chain from that brown noser David Craig, the Sky knob not the cultured full-back of a certain age.
    People like Beardsley, Staylor and Shearer don’t have to play and talk at being Geordies, they show that they care by getting on with the job – not running off to Liverpool when they flash the cash…oh sorry, Peter did but things were different then!

  • Anonymous

    By the way Chris, love your stuff in the magazine and why ‘sweet left foot’, is it after one of your heroes?

    • CT/SLF

      I like to think I had an S.L.F. when I was a bit younger (and I do like Stiff Little Fingers….who doesn’t?) but Scott Sellars was my hero after Terry Hibbitt and before Tino.

  • Mal

    ‘So whatever happens at Anfield tonight and whether or not Carroll scores in what we all expect to be a convincing defeat …’

    I don’t think we all thinks this at all. Hope you’re not right.

    • CT/SLF

      I hate to say I told you so but……never a free-kick. After Luiz and the Swansea assault, when will we get a decent ref?

  • Anonymous

    Good one Mal, it is a great article but I disagree as well that we should expect to get beat.
    We have an excellent pair in centre mid, williamson alongside colo in front of Krul looks ok and of course the quality of Ba up front.
    hard game but if we get in front….

    • CT/SLF

      We did get in front, then the referee (ha!) got involved. I’d love to be proved wrong one of these days, believe me, but officials seem to have their own agenda. Paranoid, me??

  • Anonymous

    My theory: Carroll left because Nolan told him to demand more money and when turned down Nolan told him ” I know just the club for you, I would love to go myself but I am a bit passed it! And then the pound symbol clouded his sight and he is now in ” calm doon land”

  • Anonymous

    Carroll will not kiss the badge, if he does he will have signed for his own destruction. it’s plain to see that he knows already that he has made the biggest mistake of his career( which could be short) by leaving the club and the Toon.

  • Anonymous

    The honeymoon is over and in his case he married the wrong club. a quickie divorce for him is the best for his career. hopefully he won’t put himself in the shopping window tonight with some goals!

  • Anonymous

    Thought Carroll did next to nothing outside the box and apart from that header against the bar, even less in the box.
    On other hand Bellamy must ponder as to his wasted career after playing so brilliantly for us under Sir Bobby, what a waste!

    • Anonymous

      Totally agree with you mate

  • Anonymous

    “Let’s face it, Sky’s resident mackem spy David Craig virtually lives in a cardboard box outside St James’ Metro”
    What a brilliant observation!

  • Anonymous

    How about Sky pundits on the night? 3 Liverpool fans! Paranoid ?me too!

  • Anonymous

    Queenpit has it spot on, thought I’d switched onto Liverpool TV.
    The way they were talking you’d think it was England v the Argies or something, where automatically all the TV audience must be only interested in one of the teams and all want them to win.
    Can anybody think of any other match covered where the pundits are weighted so heavily towards one team?

    • Anonymous

      Yeah our next game…bloody Man u home or away? And may be Bruce will be there!

    • Plum4086

      Norwich v spurs bad as well,was it this bad for us when we playing great football in the nineties?

  • Anonymous

    He is never worth 35 M even in a million years!

  • Anonymous

    Liverpool don’t play him to his strength , I felt if we had not known about him we would say” who the hell is this plank playing for Liverpool!?”