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Toon chief also defends inability to bring in a replacement

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has responded to Andy Carroll’s claims that he was forced out of St James’ Park.

Pardew was speaking about a series of text messages allegedly sent by Carroll as the deal from Newcastle to Liverpool was being concluded.

In the texts the striker claims that he didn’t want to leave Newcastle and that he had been forced after Mike Asgley decided he wanted to cash in on Carroll.

When asked about Carroll’s texts, Pardew told The Gazette: “What can I say? We didn’t force anybody to leave.

“I disagree with that point. He had a contract here for five years, and at some point it would get renewed, but for him to sign in October and it get renewed in January – where would it stop?

“Personally, I’m disappointed. He’s a lovely lad, and I really like him, but it was his decision, and you can’t change that.

“Was this about football? That’s what you have to ask. I don’t think it was.”

The Toon boss also revealed that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has promised that Carroll’s £35million-plus fee will be used for reinvestment in the summer.

Andy Carroll completed the move to Anfield last night in an initial British transfer record, minutes later that record was broken by Fernando Torres’ move to Chelsea. But Carroll remains the most expensive ever British player after he took the title from Rio Ferdinand’s £30m move from Leeds to Manchester.

Pardew went on: “We turned down a big offer, and they came back with a second big offer.

“We were having a discussion about what we were going to do with that offer when Andy requested to see me.

“I went to see Andy, and face to face we had a conversation about him wanting a new contract, even though he signed on in October, and [he said] if he didn’t get that contract, he wanted go.

“I asked him what he wanted, and I went to the board. We had a discussion about what the ramifications would be for the whole club.

“We took the view, with him signing a contract in October, that this would cause us all sorts of problems.

“We decided that we needed the conversation confirmed, and he put in a transfer request, which he did.

“He spoke to his agent, and between them they put the request in. We decided with the size of the offer, and what it meant to us, that we would accept.”

When Parew took the Newcastle post in December he stated that one of the main reason he was heading towards St James’ Park was because Andy Carroll and the fact that Mike Ashley had promised him that he would be staying.

Speaking about the sale Pardew stated: “We never put him up for sale – we fended off a bid from another Premiership club.

“But no club’s about one player. We’re absolutely gutted that he’s gone. It’s disappointing, but we’re not in a financial position like Liverpool.”

The Toon chief also defended the club’s failure to bring in an adequate replacement for Carroll stating that they did not expect to sell him and because of the last minute nature of the deal, ran out of time to bring in anyone in before the window closed.

“We weren’t expecting him to go, so we weren’t in a position to replace him,” added Pardew.

“One thing I can guarantee, having spoke to Mike Ashley, is that every penny will go back into the club. Mike’s assured me he won’t take a penny out of the transfer.”

And asked about his repeated assurances that Carroll wouldn’t be sold, Pardew said: “We never put him up for sale – we fended off a bid from another Premiership club.

“But no club’s about one player. We’re absolutely gutted that he’s gone. It’s disappointing, but we’re not in a financial position like Liverpool.”

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