Average Squads Wont Get You Success
By Adam Tones
Tuesday 28 Jun 2011 10:04:00
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Selling Andy Carroll for £35 Million to Liverpool was in my opinion the biggest mistake Mike Ashley has made since taking over the club in the summer of 2007.


On Transfer deadline day in January 2011 Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley and chairman Derek Llambias decided to accept an offer of £35million from Liverpool for the services of star striker Andrew Carroll. The club had preciously rejected offers from Liverpool earlier in the day but decided at the last moment to accept Liverpool late offer of a staggering £35million leaving the club with a short amount of time to sign a replacement striker. The deadline came and gone and no replacement striker had been signed by the club leaving a massive whole in the Newcastle team. Andy Carroll wasn’t just a very talented player he was a character around the place and also in the dressing room and more importantly he was a local lad from Gateshead who dreamt of wearing the honourable number 9 jersey since he was a child.


No player could deal with Andy’s physical presence and aerial ability, he is different from any other striker in the league not only has he got ability in the air but he is very skilful with neat foot work for a tall lad. Andy Carroll was Newcastle ‘key weapon’ so to speak know matter how many players marked him 9 times out of 10 you knew Andy would be able to win the ball and create an attack. Also with Andy being born in the area you new he would give his all in every match and follow in his idol Alan Shearer’s footpath. Bringing in a foreign player or even an Englishman from another team, you just don’t get that loyalty from them in every game, Newcastle is Andy Carroll’s club so helping the club get success was a priority not like many other players who only think about there pay packets. Selling are star player in my opinion only half way through your first season back in the Premier League is a massive risk especially when you don’t manage to get in a replacement. The hierarchy decided to take that risk; only time will tell if that risk was the right or wrong decision to take.


Becoming a successful team is about building around your best players, so in Newcastle’s case Andy was certainly one of the better players along with Joey Barton, Jose Enrique, Cheick Tiote, Kevin Nolan, Fabricio Coloccini and Hatem Ben Arfa in my opinion. Its not always about the money, yes you have to balance the books and keep them on a even scale, but if you decide to sell your key assets every time a team comes in with a high bid then your not going to improve and relegation dog flights will end up being a season tradition. Blending the right team together is not an over night process it will take time, but its about a squad of players that want to play for each other, team spirit is a key factor, you need a mixture of youth with experience as well as having leaders in the team, players who are willing to encourage others and not be frightened to give there opinions. Take Manchester United for an example, a team of united players who all know their job and are working for each other, allowing them to move in the right direction. Experienced players in Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand and Dutch shot stoppers Edwin Van Der Sar are helping the younger players such as Javier Hernandez, Rafael Da Silva, Chris Smalling and Luis Nani to come through the ranks and be able to perform on the biggest stages in football. One thing that a club needs and that is the big difference between Newcastle and Manchester United is stability in the club. Newcastle haven’t had that stability factor since the days of Sir Bobby Robson were we gained success, since then the club have only went in decline until promotion last season, lets hope that promotion last season was the start of success on Tyneside for the Newcastle club.


The £35million gained from the sale of Andy Carroll has to be given to Graham Carr and Alan Pardew to reinvest in new players. If Mike Ashley does go against his promise of reinvesting the cash into new players then a disastrous season will be on the cards. Premier League survival is almost secure for this season, so transfer talks and negotiations should start to take place. Managing to sign your players early in the close season is a big bonus to clubs, allowing your side to gel with one other as well as getting familiar with the surroundings. Graham Carr has done a fantastic job since joining the club, signing players such as Hatem Ben Arfa and Cheick Tiote have went down a massive hit with the fans. If Graham can continue with his scouting success in the close season Newcastle 2011-2012 season could be a success. Its important to look around for the best deals, free agents will be available so no fee will be needed, one free agent which springs to mind is Swedish international Sebastian Larsson. Great technique on the ball, pinpoint crosses and dead ball specialist, three qualities that Newcastle are in need of in their team.


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