"This is my home, what I want to be doing, the club I want to play for, the shirt I want to wear. That's it, 100 percent, I've just signed a five year contract and as it stands, I want to be here forever."
The words of Andy Carroll 65 days ago in an interview with The Times.
"We have to have a big club mentality and hold on to our best players"
Alan Pardew 42 days ago
Andy Carroll sold to Liverpool
1 day ago
So what is going on? I doubt we will ever know the truth. Carroll claims that he was pushed and the club totally deny that they pushed him (as they would).
George Caulkin of The Times (the greatest footy journo that there is) summed it up nicely when he tweeted "Carroll was not agitating to leave. He wasn't unsettled. And, yes, the transfer request was a mechanism used by NUFC. But..... he signed it."
Both parties are culpable. It can't be a surprise to anyone that this sale happened so late that we did not have time to sign a replacement. The token gesture that was an 'attempt' to sign Charles N'Zogbia was an insult. Does anyone really believe that Ashley's bitter rival Dave Whelan was going to sell his prize asset to him minutes before the window closed? Of course not.
Pardew had his say on the matter today, ending his statement with "....the decision was right for the club." Quite a turn around in 6 weeks.
It is OK though because Pardew can assure us that all of the mental Â£35m fee will go towards players. Then again he also assured us that none of our key players would be sold in the window so personally I don't believe a word. Amazingly Ashley still has support amongst the fans and those supporters will be mentally considering how they (or Pardew) will spend the $$$$$$$. If you are one of those people could you do me a favour and remind me where the tens of millions from Milner, Given, Beye, N'Zogbia and then Martins, Bassong, Duff etc went. Thanks.
Newcastle United usually wait about 6 months between the hoofs that they give us supporters in the private's. This time it is only a matter of weeks since the last one.
The sale did not really surprise me. Why should it? We have been a selling club all of my life - Waddle, Beardsley, Gazza, Cole, Woodgate, Jenas etc It really disappointed me though. The loss to Newcastle is far bigger than the gain for Liverpool and I really fear for our immediate future with a forward line including Shola, Best, Lovenkrands or Ranger. That is not Premier League standard.
Money - some say it is ruining the game. Â£35million for Carroll is a preposterous fee, but so what? The supporters will not benefit at all - can we celebrate another Â£35 million in Mike Ashley's bank? Of course not. We did enjoy celebrating a local hero's towering headed goals.
That is not to exonerate Carroll. He signed a new 5 year deal only a matter of weeks ago, but then why would anyone be surprised at his head being turned? ANYONE would be tempted by (and take) what is reported to be a four fold salary increase. He is secured for life and could accumulate generational wealth. He wouldn't have gone short had he stayed on Tyneside though and he would have become a Legend. It must have irked him that other players in the first team were on 3 times the amount he was even with his new contract - if the club (Ashley) wanted to keep him sweet they would have paid him his market worth.
At about the same time this was all taking place Blackpool rejected a 'significant' Liverpool bid for Charlie Adam. Allegedly Adam was furious, a heated discussion took place and the Chairman called TalkSport to state categorically that Adam would be a Blackpool player come February 1st. He was good to his word - yes, there were rumours of Spurs almost pulling off a last minute deal, but they didn't. It is sad that Blackpool appear to be a club with greater ambition than Newcastle United when you consider their relative resources and the fact that adam's contract is 4 years shorter than Carroll's was.
Under the ownership of Ashley we have suffered a humiliating relegation and now most fans pray for mid-table mediocrity. This for a club that had the 6th highest revenue in the country the last full season we were in the Premier League. The club that Deloitte have in the top 20 in Europe in their money league. The club that had the 18th highest average attendance in EUROPE when we were in this country's second tier!
Ashley is well known to be a gambler and once again he has gambled our Premier League status. Last time he made that same gamble, he lost.
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