Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Glimmer of United Hope Is Shattered by Carroll's Mersey Transfer

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Glimmer of United Hope Is Shattered by Carroll's Mersey Transfer

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Byline: Luke Edwards

THERE were 36 million reasons for Newcastle United to sell Andy Carroll, but it was the one compelling argument for him to stay that resonates this morning.

The Magpies, not only prepared to let their best player and their top goalscorer to leave without any idea who to replace him with, will lose a symbol of their rejuvenation after relegation, a talisman and a local hero.

Carroll is more than just a centreforward, he is a Geordie Newcastle Number Nine and a beacon of hope for fans who had begun to allow themselves to believe dawn had broken on the darkest of nights.

Everything had begun to point towards a brighter future for a troubled regime at English football's most perplexing club, but now everything is in disarray again.

It is difficult to wade through the murky waters which flooded Carroll's move to Liverpool last night.

As club sources leaked news of Mike Ashley's apparent sadness at the sale, friends of Carroll were arguing he was set to be sold against his wishes.

Did he really force his way through the exit door by handing in an official transfer request, or did the club manipulate the situation to paint him in a bad light to protect them from any backlash? It is difficult to see how they can claim a player asked for a transfer if there is no evidence to support their argument, which does not reflect well on Carroll, but there is enough reason to doubt their version given the manner in which news of the deal was leaked yesterday.

Time and time again Carroll has talked about a desire to spend the best years of his career on Tyneside, but he was set to leave as soon as Newcastle received a serious offer for him from a club just two places and two points better off in the table. Then again, Newcastle's manager Alan Pardew (pictured far right) has constantly maintained Carroll was not for sale at any price this month and insisted he had been assured of that fact before he accepted the job at St James' Park. …

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