The Independent newspaper claims Andy Carroll did NOT hand in a transfer request to join Liverpool . but Mike Ashley PUSHED him out the door! Andy Carroll last night launched a scathing attack on Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley for selling him against his wishes to Liverpool! The England striker said that he had been "pushed out the door" by Ashley . according to the Independent newspaper. Carroll, whose fee broke the record paid for a British player, said: "I'm gutted to be leaving my hometown club, I was told to go. "I didn't want to leave that's why I signed a five-year deal [with Newcastle in October]. I was pushed out of the door."