Newcastle boss Alan Pardew to spend Andy Carroll cash
Pardew says Carroll was not forced to leave
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has vowed to spend the £35m the club received from Liverpool for Andy Carroll on strengthening his squad in the summer.
Pardew had been determined not to sell the striker, 22, but admitted he could not turn down Liverpool's huge offer.
However, he said: "I told [Newcastle owner] Mike Ashley that the money has to be reinvested in the team and he agreed that all the money will be used.
"For the Newcastle fan, that is the most important message I can give."
In December, Pardew had said that Carroll, who signed a new deal in October,
was not for sale.
And Newcastle rejected an initial approach for the England striker on transfer deadline day but, after receiving a second, accepted it when, according to Pardew, Carroll asked to leave if he was not given a new contract.
Pardew conceded he asked Carroll to put in a transfer request but stressed that he was not forced out.
"He mentioned he wanted a new deal, otherwise he wanted out and to talk to Liverpool. I told him he had to put that in writing and he did," stated Pardew.
Meanwhile Carroll has insisted he did not want to leave the Magpies, telling the Evening Chronicle: "I didn't want to leave. Make sure the fans know I didn't want to leave.
"[Managing director] Derek [Llambias] asked me to hand in a transfer request, so I was pushed into a corner and had no choice.
"I wasn't wanted by them and they made it clear they wanted the money.
"Then I flew down in [owner Mike Ashley's] helicopter. I didn't want to leave.
"I'm gutted that I wasn't wanted at my home team after everything I have done and the progress I have made."
Carroll's comments support what was
reported in Tuesday's Daily Star,
that he sent texts to Steve Wraith, editor of the Toon Talk fanzine, claiming he felt he had been forced out of the club.
However, Pardew maintained that Newcastle did everything in their power to keep the striker.
"When I first heard of a substantial bid, my advice was to turn it down as the reaction time for us to buy anyone else was too small, regardless of the size of the offer and Derek and Mike agreed with it," stated Pardew.
"I wanted Andy to stay but events took over and the size of the fee was obviously a big part of that.
"We have got an extraordinary figure for a 21-year-old [sic] who has done six months in the Premier League."
However, Pardew admitted he was not overly happy to be one striker short for the remainder of the season.
He continued: "Could it have been used [on transfer deadline day]? Late last night [Monday], we made a couple of bids, but we were getting extortionate figures thrown at us.
"It was ridiculous. Were we going to pay an over-inflated price for a lesser product than Andy Carroll? No, so unfortunately as I sit here now, I am weaker than I was yesterday [Monday] because I had Andy Carroll maybe four or five weeks away [from full fitness].
"No, I am not comfortable with it, but it is what it is.
"That doesn't feel good and that's part of why it's a difficult day because I've got to prepare a team to play Fulham [on Wednesday].
"But we have to stay strong as a group and my message to the players and fans is that we have to be strong in the second half of the season.
"We have done well without him and we have to continue doing that."
Pardew went on to stress that he did not want to fall out with Carroll over the move, adding: "Andy is probably slightly misguided. We didn't twist his arm to get on the helicopter. If he wanted to stay he could, but he's not here.
"He had a five-year contract and we said we would renew it in the summer but he wanted it renewed straight away and that is when the power shifted.
"Andy's a local boy and he doesn't want to have bad feelings with everyone and I don't want that either. He's gone to a good club and good luck to him.
"And it wasn't just about Andy Carroll [on Monday]. If we did a deal with him where does that leave everyone else at the club? If he scores another five goals does he get another contract?
"This is about Newcastle United being bigger than anyone and the decision was right for the club."
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