Andy Carroll sparks outrage among Newcastle United fans

01 February 2011 07:29
Andy Carroll joined Liverpool in a sensational ?35millon deal, and then claimed Newcastle had 'pushed him out of the door'.

St James' Park owner Mike Ashley is preparing himself for a backlash from fans after the striker gave up the club's famous No 9 shirt to replace Fernando Torres at Anfield - and was not replaced on Tyneside.

After earlier rejecting two offers for Carroll, Newcastle said Carroll the 21-year-old had handed in a transfer request to seal the switch.

Welcome to Anfield: Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish shakes hands with his new record signing Andy Carroll

But the editor of the ToonTalk fanzine, Steve Wraith, claimed Carroll had contacted him before flying to Merseyside and said the England striker had been left with no option but to leave.

Wraith claimed Carroll texted: 'I'm gutted to be leaving my home town club, i was told to go. I didn't want to leave that's why I signed a 5 year deal. I was pushed out of the door.'

Newcastle failed in a last-gasp ?12m bid to re-sign winger Charles N'Zogbia from Wigan, but did bring in midfielder Stephen Ireland on loan from Aston Villa for the rest of the season.

New hero: Liverpool fans mob the car carrying Carroll as he arrives at Liverpool's Melwood training ground

The deal for Carroll would seem to be excellent business for the club - never before has such a fee, or anything like it, been paid for a player with only 41 Premier League games to his name.

But Newcastle legend Alan Shearer said: 'I think they (fans) will be angry. They don't want to see their top player go. The fans are not really interested in the financial side of things.

'But from the club's point of view, you've got to say that ?35m is just an incredible amount of money. It's only a good deal if they go out and spend ?35m- 40m on replacing him.'

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