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Sam Allardyce defends Steve Bruce and says Andy Carroll needs to be more professional

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Sam Allardyce defends Steve Bruce and says Andy Carroll needs to be more professional

The former Newcastle boss has had his say on his old club.

Former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has had his say on the troubles at his old club after they lost for the second week running on Saturday.

The 3-1 defeat to Norwich saw Steve Bruce’s side put in an abject display but Allardyce defended the Magpies boss, while saying that new-boy Andy Carroll needs to be more professional.

He told TalkSport: “He’s been there three weeks. There’s much more pressure on you at Newcastle. No win till November (last season) – if Steve’s getting stick now, where was the stick for Rafa then?”


On Carroll, he said: “Andy loves playing football but in terms of attention to how other teams play, it simply wasn’t him. Very casual attitude. If he wants a career back at Newcastle, he needs to be the most professional he’s ever been. That means doing all the rehab work outside the training hours.”

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TBR’s View – Allardyce offers an insight into the deficiencies many believe Carroll has

Carroll’s return to Newcastle was billed as an emotional comeback for a player who loves the club but there’s another way to view the 30-year-old’s desperation to get back to St James’ Park.

He’s an ageing player with an awful injury record, a poor history of professionalism, with a playing style that doesn’t suit many top flight teams and didn’t look to be inundated with offers – of course he was desperate to go back to Newcastle.

But Allardyce is right, he has to get serious now because this feels like his last chance. On Bruce, he’s wrong – Benitez had credit in the bank last season and a proven track record at the top of European football. Bruce has neither.

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