Irons relaxed on Carroll Newcastle rumours


carrollWest Ham insiders are taking a relaxed view of Andy Carroll’s absence from the London Stadium and internet rumours that he was in Newcastle this weekend.

They are aware that whenever the striker is mentioned as being absent from duty, the rumour factory goes into overdrive on his whereabouts.

But insiders insist that if he decided to hop on a train to Newcastle whilst unable to play that’s entirely his call.

And one said: ย “There really isn’t a problem with the guy going home for a few hours surely, if indeed that’s what happened.

He is very much a changed and more mature character these days and if he chose, for example, to go out for a couple of beers there’s no issue.”

He added: “Andy’s Number One priority is to get back into the England fold through his form for West Ham. He’s loving his football and would do absolutely nothing to wreck any chance of ย that happening.

“As he has said himself he’s very much a changed character these days but there’s not much he can do to stop the social networking stuff is there?”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Hammer64 says:

    Well perhaps someon could suggest to the ‘insider’ that there might be fewer rumours flying about if Carroll’s fitness wasn’t treated like a state secret. At one stage yesterday rumours about him going to Newcastle were rubbished-he had trained we were told. Now if he did go (well, did he go or not?) that is surely ok.

    One day we are told he is staying fit because he now trains so hard, the next day that he can’t train much because the injury has to be managed.I would not be surprised if this story ends with us being told he is having an operation to sort out this groin issue. There you go- who wants to start the rumour! What is wrong with just telling the fans the truth?

  • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

    Had to keep Pulis guessing before yesterday 64,we couldnt give that weasel any info ๐Ÿ˜
    Anyway how did you ever survive when there was no internet & only found out a player wasnt playing when you read the programme ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Hammer64 says:

    Ah those were the days lad. Couple of stops on the District Line, chat to Bobby & Geoff on the way. Offer to carry their boots for them- carried em round their necks they did. Train half empty. Stroll down GreenStreet. Two bob to get in. Blah blah…

    To be serious, I am not sure now that you even knew who was playing half the time. Late injuries (after the prog was printed) were a problem. Of course it had to be something serious for a late injury- broken leg etc. Time for my Bed time cocoa I think.

  • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

    Lol 64,at least you never mentioned ‘when i was a lad’ or ‘you kids dont know how good you have got it’ ๐Ÿ˜‚ As it happens i was only joking because i can remember the days when you went by the back of the programme for the team then had to cross out names & put the new players in the team.I was only about 6 or 8 though ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Hammer64 says:

    Cheer me up on a Monday morning or what!

    Good news. Watched a bit of the Marseilles game last night. Before you ask I am not stalking our little fat French friend. I watched most of it on FF just hoping he would score on own goal or fall on his face. They lost 3-2 away to a side with the worst home record in the league, who had only scored FIVE at home before yesterday. He ran about slightly more than he had been doing for us. Seemed to lose interest once they went two down. Although to be fair he was just about involved in their first goal. Looked like a bit of tension over who will take free kicks between him & the guy they got from the Geordies-Thauvion or something similar. Payet’s free kicks pretty rubbish. If people are still laughing at us for saying we are better without him they should have watched that.

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