Sam Allardyce has urged Andy Carroll to ‘be more professional’ and take his fitness seriously if he wants to make a success of his return to Newcastle United.
Big Sam was in the studio alongside Alan Brazil on Tuesday’s Sports Breakfast and reacted to an interview the recently striker gave, which he believes was ‘ill-advised’.
Newcastle published the in-depth interview on their official website, in which Carroll talks openly about a number of topics including his move to Liverpool, his struggle for fitness, and his battles with the press.
The Gateshead-born star admitted he ‘wasn’t ready’ for his British-record move, and also detailed his struggles to adjust at Anfield and the ‘mistakes’ he made in his career.
But what made the headlines was his admission he had to Google his new Liverpool team-mates when he signed for the Reds in January 2011, as he had no idea who many of them were.
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Why many may be amused by the story, which has long been rumoured and now confirmed true, Big Sam says Carroll has only opened himself up to criticism over his perceived lack of professionalism.
“As far as I’m concerned, he’s put himself in a position where he’s opening himself up for criticism by not being professional enough,” he said on talkSPORT.
“It’s really, really ill-advised for him to do that article. I don’t know why he’s done it.
“They’ll be a lot of talk now about who Andy Carroll is as a person not just as a player.
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“A lot of people would say that’s incredibly unprofessional and I’d agree with that point of view, but he is who he is.”
Also in the interview, Carroll gave an update on his fight towards full fitness, saying he has been ‘working his b******s off’ in the gym and is close to being able to don the black and white stripes again.
And Allardyce – who coached the striker both at Newcastle and West Ham – has stressed how important it is for the 30-year-old to take his fitness seriously this season, insisting he can still be a dangerous player in the Premier League.
“Whether Andy Carroll knows who he’s playing against or he doesn’t, what’s more important for Steve Bruce is if Andy gets fit and stays fit,” Big Sam added.
“As long as he gets on the field he will be a massive handful for defenders this season. This man will score goals.
“If he wants a career back at Newcastle, it’s time for Andy to be the most professional he’s even been in his career, by doing all the rehab work outside training hours.
“Even when he’s fit and he plays a few games, it’s not a case of training and then going home, it’s a case of doing all the rehabilitation that keeps him as strong as possible to avoid any more injuries.”
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