Nolan sparks Toon Army fury after Carroll comments on Liverpool TV
Published 16:39 02/02/11 By MirrorFootball
Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan has caused fury among his own supporters after he appeared on Liverpool's in-house TV channel to tell Reds fans what a great buy Andy Carroll will prove to be.
The Toon skipper is a lifelong Liverpool fan and is also close friends with Carroll, but his comments have caused outrage on Tyneside, with fans who are still smarting from losing one of their prize assets.
Nolan said he was "delighted" when Carroll first told him about the move and even explained how he will help him settle into his new home on Merseyside.
"You are getting a top, top player," he told LTV Now. "Obviously I've had a lot of texts and calls over the last day or so. I'm quite surprised at how pleased everyone is with it. He's only just burst onto the scene in the last six months.
"Believe me, you have got a top, top player. He's going to be one of the best. There's no-one like him in the league. He'll score and create goals. He'll also show great desire and commitment. That's what Liverpool fans want and deserve.
"He's still a young lad. Everyone forgets that. He's great around the dressing room. He's funny in his own witty way and, as you know, I'm very friendly with him.
"I managed to get away with him a few times last year with a couple of friends of mine, who are going to be in Liverpool and can help him settle in.
"When we first heard about the move he asked me what I thought. You can imagine my reaction. I was delighted for him. He's going to be a great addition to what is a new start for Liverpool."
Former Bolton star Nolan said there was never any doubt at Newcastle that Carroll had the ability to go all the way to the top.
"We always knew he had the talent," he said. "It was just whether he had the temperament. He has got that and has everything.
"Some things have been written about him that I think have been unfair. When he gets on that pitch with the quality of players you have, with Stevie Gerrard and the likes of Meireles putting it on a plate for him, he won't let them down. I'm very confident about that.
"I loved playing with him. He'll give you everything he has got and make sure the central defenders come off knowing they've had a game.
"People say he's an old-fashioned type of centre forward but I'm sure over the next five years or so you'll see that he has more than that in his game. I think it showed in the goal he scored against Liverpool at our place this season, that he has the talent to strike a great ball too.
"I'm gutted we've lost him, but delighted he's gone to a fantastic club."