Carroll ruled out of pre-season tour








23 July 2014
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West Ham striker Andy Carroll will sit out the club’s pre-season tour of New Zealand after suffering a sore ankle.

Carroll missed Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat by Wellington Phoenix and will not be considered for the match against Sydney FC in Wellington on Saturday.

A statement

on the club’s website 

said that Carroll would “receive intensive treatment to ensure he is fit for the start of the season”.

The problem is unrelated to

the heel injury

Carroll had last season.

The 25-year-old missed the majority of 2013-14, managing just 15 league appearances and also failed to force his way into England’s World Cup squad.


New signing Mauro Zarate

scored his first goal for the club as they slipped to defeat in their opening tour fixture.







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Carroll call-up would delight Allardyce








3 May 2014
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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce would be “absolutely delighted” if striker Andy Carroll is part of Roy Hodgson’s England World Cup squad this summer.

The 25-year-old’s aerial prowess was a key factor in the Hammers’

2-0 Premier League victory over Tottenham.

Carroll has scored twice in 15 outings

since returning from injury in January.

“If Roy decides to take him along, Andy would be absolutely delighted and so would I. He is as fresh as a daisy,” said Allardyce.

“He hasn’t had much football this season so it wouldn’t harm him.”

Carroll, capped nine times, was a constant threat to the Tottenham defence on Saturday, and his far-post header went in off Harry Kane to give the Hammers the lead.


Stewart Downing’s 20-yard free-kick sealed victory, securing his side’s Premier League status with a game to spare.

“Andy has put in a performance that got us rolling. It was a fantastic header for the goal,” said Allardyce.

“His overall performance has to come together, and it came together against Tottenham.”

The Hammers boss said there is more to come from Carroll, and hopes he impresses in their final game of the season, at Manchester City on Sunday, 11 May.

Hodgson will name

his 23-man World Cup squad,

plus seven standby players, the following day.

Allardyce said: “If he doesn’t quite get there, he can rest this summer and look forward to a full pre-season.

“When you miss a full pre-season, and miss the first half of the season, it is always very difficult to get the top edge of your performance but he’s been getting there week-in and week-out.”

Victory, which ended a run of four successive defeats, helped ease the pressure on Allardyce.

“We played really good football,” he said. “For the majority of the game we outplayed Tottenham and gave a very good account of ourselves and the football we can play.

“When players are in top form like they were against Tottenham, they get the ball down, they have got confidence and pass it to each other. That’s what you want.”







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Andy Carroll: FA to reconsider West Ham striker’s red card








7 February 2014
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The Football Association will reconsider its decision to uphold a three-match ban for West Ham striker Andy Carroll on Friday.

The club had

threatened legal action against the FA

after their initial attempt to overturn the ban was rejected by an appeals panel.

But the Premier League strugglers say they will now abide by any decision made by the FA Arbitral Tribunal.

Carroll was sent off in his side’s 2-0 defeat of

Swansea.


In a statement 

West Ham said they had “no intention of taking the issue to the courts, but simply seek a fair determination of [our] rights under the FA’s Rules.”

The Hammers, who lie 18th in the table, also suggested the FA “did not apply the correct test” under its rules when making the original decision.

Carroll, 25, was dismissed after clashing with Swans defender Chico Flores at Upton Park last Saturday.

According to the FA, West Ham failed to prove to a three-man panel that referee Howard Webb had made “an obvious error” in dismissing the forward, whose arm hit Flores on the top of his head as he tried to untangle himself following an aerial challenge.

Flores went to ground clutching his face but West Ham felt he had overacted. Replays also showed contact looked unintentional.







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Andy Carroll: West Ham may ‘create monster’ – Paul Lambert








6 February 2014
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Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is concerned that a “monster” could be created if West Ham succeed in getting Andy Carroll’s red card overturned.

The Hammers

are to take legal action

after failing in their appeal to the Football Association over the striker’s

red card against Swansea last Saturday.

Carroll is banned for three games, including Saturday’s trip to Villa.

“If it is overruled then you create a monster of everybody wanting to do the same,” said Lambert.

When asked if he would go down a similar route if it was one of his strikers facing the same situation, Lambert replied: “It’s hard to say. You can understand West Ham trying.

“You’d have to judge the incident on its merit. Everybody is going to be different, whether they think something is dangerous or not. That is their own perception.”

The FA is refusing to comment, but the rules allow for clubs to take disputes to arbitration and if necessary to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

It is not clear if the ban would be placed on hold until the case has been dealt with.

Carroll, 25, was sent off after clashing with Swans defender Chico Flores during his side’s

2-0 victory.







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Andy Carroll: West Ham striker’s red card appeal rejected








4 February 2014
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West Ham striker Andy Carroll has failed to overturn his red card against Swansea on Saturday after the Football Association dismissed his appeal.

The 25-year-old was sent off after clashing with Swans defender Chico Flores during his side’s

2-0 win.

He will now miss the Hammers’ Premier League games against Aston Villa, Norwich and Southampton.

In apparent reaction to the decision, Carroll, who set up both goals on Saturday,

tweeted: “Disgraceful.” 

According to the FA, West Ham failed to prove to a three-man panel that referee Howard Webb had made “an obvious error” in dismissing Carroll after the forward’s arm hit Flores’s forehead.

However, West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was certain that Webb made a mistake.

“There has to be somebody to look at that in the cold light of day and say that is certainly not a red card,”

he said on Saturday.

Allardyce refused to comment on Flores’s reaction to the challenge, although several of his players protested at the time that the Spaniard had exaggerated the contact made by Carroll.

Swansea manager Brian Laudrup said the decision had been “a bit harsh”.

Carroll, who has made only five appearances this season and is yet to score after a lengthy recovery from injury, will next be available for the trip to Everton on 1 March.

With

Modibo Maiga loaned out to QPR,

the Hammers’ striking options are limited to on-loan Italian Marco Borriello and Carlton Cole.

West Ham are 18th in the Premier League, one point from safety, with 14 games remaining.







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Andy Carroll: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce angry at sending off








1 February 2014
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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce hopes the “injustice” of Andy Carroll’s red card against Swansea is overturned.

Carroll was harshly sent off after a clash with centre-back Chico Flores

during a 2-0

win for the Hammers.

“The cruellest and biggest blow that will be paid to me and West Ham is if there is the injustice when we appeal against the red card,” said Allardyce.

“There has to be somebody to look at that in the cold light of day and say that is certainly not a red card.”

West Ham were already two goals up when the incident occurred.

Carroll and Flores went up for an aerial challenge and the latter went to ground after being caught by the former’s trailing arm as the pair untangled themselves.

Flores fell clutching his face, although replays showed any contact from the Hammers forward looked accidental.

Carroll, who has only recently returned from a lengthy injury absence, had earlier set up Kevin Nolan to score both of West Ham’s goals.

“The last thing we want is to lose Andy Carroll for three games for a nothing incident,” said Allardyce.

“We hope when the appeal goes in they see it the same way.

“It’s a shame we cannot get through a game without somebody getting injured or sent off.

Asked about the actions of Flores, Allardyce said: “It is for [Swansea manager] Michael [Laudrup] to deal with. It is his player.

“He’s got the responsibility to handle his players and do what he feels is necessary.”

Laudrup echoed Allardyce’s belief that Carroll was harshly dismissed by referee Howard Webb.

“I think the decision was a bit harsh,” said the Swans boss. “There was contact, but contact like you have a lot of times.”







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Sam Allardyce prepared to take Andy Carroll gamble at Cardiff








10 January 2014
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West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says he is willing to take a “calculated risk” on striker Andy Carroll for Saturday’s “massive” game at Cardiff.

Carroll, 25, has not played this season because of a foot injury.

But with the Hammers second from bottom in the Premier League, Allardyce said Carroll could play a part.

“Ideally we would like to progress it a little slower but based on where we are it may be a calculated risk we’re prepared to take,” he said.

Carroll scored seven goals for West Ham while on loan from Liverpool last season, but has been troubled by injury problems after making a record £15m move to Upton Park in the summer.

The Hammers face 17th-placed Cardiff having been thrashed 5-0 by Championship side Nottingham Forest last Sunday and 6-0 by Manchester City in their Capital One Cup semi-final first leg.

And the manner of defeat led a section of supporters to voice their disapproval towards Allardyce, who has received public and private backing from co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold.

Allardyce, who received an extension to his contract last summer keeping him at the club until 2015, has said he will keep on fighting as his side aim to overturn a run of one win in their last 10 games in their attempt to avoid relegation.

But although he thanked Gold and Sullivan for their support, when asked if he would survive a defeat at Cardiff, he replied: “I don’t know, I will talk to you about that after we have played Cardiff.”

Cardiff are two places above West Ham in the table but have been buoyed by a first win for new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Newcastle in the FA Cup last Saturday.

Allardyce, who said he was trying to sign Inter Milan striker Ishak Belfodil, explained that his team’s problems had come from a lack of defensive cover, revealing that full-back Joey O’Brien had joined centre-backs Winston Reid and James Collins on the injured list.

But the 59-year-old said defender James Tomkins was back in the squad and he denied claims his players had not been committed in their last two games where they have conceded 11 goals.

The former Newcastle, Blackburn and Bolton boss said: “[The players] are committed, you can’t question the commitment. It’s an easy thing to say.

“The other easy thing to say by people in the outside world, is you’ve lost the dressing room, that goes hand in hand, then another easy thing to say is they are not fit enough. There’s a lot of rubbish that gets bounded around.

“They are in a lack of confidence mode at the minute, I can tell you that, they are distraught about the way things are but we have to lift ourselves up. The Cardiff game is a massive game, in many ways much bigger than the Manchester City game.”

On the fans turning against him at Manchester City on Wednesday, he added: “It’s always difficult. When the club isn’t doing as well as they think it should they will turn and show their disapproval, that’s an acceptable fact of management today.”

And Allardyce said of his pursuit of 21-year-old Algerian forward Belfodil. “We are trying. We have been trying for several weeks to be successful with one or two players. I thought I would be talking about one player at least today which we would have had in the country and signed but that fell into some paperwork problems.”







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Andy Carroll close to West Ham return – Sam Allardyce





7 January 2014
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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says the

club’s record £15m signing

Andy Carroll is near to a first-team return.

Striker Carroll, 25, made his loan to the Hammers from Liverpool permanent in the summer but has not played since because of a foot injury.

“Andy is training today [Tuesday] and hopefully we’ll see him on the bench in the next week or so,” said Allardyce.

Carroll’s return will be a boost for Allardyce, whose side are second from bottom of the Premier League.


The England international scored seven goals in 24 games for the Upton Park club while on loan last season.

He is unlikely to figure in West Ham’s trip to Manchester City for the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final on Wednesday, but could be in the squad for the club’s key league game at fellow strugglers Cardiff on Saturday.

Allardyce’s injury problems have seen him

sign central defender Roger Johnson on loan

from Wolves until the end of the season and the 30-year-old is in the squad to face City.

Johnson is likely to start that match, with fellow defenders Winston Reid, James Collins and James Tomkins still on the club’s injury list.

West Ham go into the game on the back of an inexperienced side being

thrashed 5-0 by Nottingham Forest

in the FA Cup and the club’s co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan

issuing an open letter in support

of Allardyce.

“I’m obviously pleased by the united front we are trying to keep under these difficult times at the moment,” said the Hammers boss.

“When it comes public from the co-chairmen it is nice to see and hear. From our point of view we are all understanding the difficult position we are in at the moment.

“We all have to work through it together in the hope that we turn it around in to a positive reaction in terms of our results.

“The day-to-day running of the football club is all I’m focused on.

“I keep in touch with the owners on a regular basis, it is a daily basis at the moment. I would be more worried if that communication went quiet.”






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West Ham: David Sullivan admits regrets over Andy Carroll








14 December 2013
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West Ham co-owner David Sullivan would not have spent a club-record £15m on Andy Carroll had he known the striker would be out so long through injury.

Carroll, 24, has not played for the Hammers since his

move from Liverpool was made permanent

in the summer.


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I am deeply concerned. Anybody who looks at where we are in the table and is not concerned are kidding themselves



David Sullivan
West Ham co-owner


He remains at least three weeks away from fitness as he recovers from a double fracture in his right foot.

“Had we known he would be out for this long, we would not have signed him,” Sullivan told the BBC’s Football Focus.

“We are not a rich enough club to deal with that. You know any player can get injured, but we can’t buy a player knowing he is going to be out for half the season.

“When we signed him we were assured by the medical staff that the very, very latest he would be back was 1 September. That would have meant he would only miss two league games.”

Carroll has returned to training at the club’s Chadwell Heath training ground in the past week, and Sullivan remains hopeful that the England international will come good.

“If you ask me the same question at the end of the season, I hope I will be able give you a different answer and say ‘Yes, it was the right decision to sign Andy Carroll’.

“He is a fantastic player and on his day he is unplayable. We love him and that is why we signed him. He is desperate to come back; he is sweating blood in training.”

The forward has spent the majority of his rehabilitation

receiving specialist treatment in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Carroll has used a variety of techniques that ballet dancers exploit to build up the strength in his foot, but Sullivan told BBC Sport that he still remains unsure when the striker will return to the side.

“He has been all over Europe for treatment and he has begged me to come home,” said Sullivan. “He has rung me up and said ‘It is doing my head in being here, I really want to get back as soon as possible, I really want to play’.

“Even now we haven’t got a date that he could be back. He could be back in three weeks, he could be back in six or eight weeks. I hope he might make a contribution in the next three or four weeks, that might be 20 minutes as a sub.

“He is not going to be quite the player he was at the end of last season until he has played some games.

“He is a fantastic player, don’t get me wrong, but I only wouldn’t have signed him because I can’t have that amount of wages and that amount of transfer fee on a player who isn’t going to play a minimum 20 or 30 games a season, hopefully 38 games a season.”

With Carroll sidelined, West Ham have slipped into a relegation battle and

face Sunderland in a crucial match

on Saturday.

“It has been an extremely difficult season,” said Sullivan. “We are not playing very well, we didn’t anticipate it and it has gone far, far worse than we could possibly have imagined.

“The hope this season was to be mid-table right from the start, never to be threatened by relegation, to play the strongest possible teams in the cup matches and to try and get to a cup final – that was our aim.


“Now we have a relegation battle and, although we are still in both the cups, I don’t know if the manager will want to play his strongest teams because it is vital that we get points.”

He added: “I am deeply concerned. Anybody who looks at where we are in the table and is not concerned are kidding themselves.”

Off the back of a run that has seen

West Ham win just one of their past eight league matches,

the future of manager Sam Allardyce has been called into question in recent weeks, but Sullivan says the board have no intention of sacking him. “I really believe Sam is the man for the job,” the Hammers co-owner said.

“If he wasn’t our manager he is exactly the type of manager you would be bringing in to be the manager. Where do you get someone better than Sam to do the job that is now necessary?

“If you asked me what kind of season Sam has had up to now, I would say disappointing. But let’s judge him at the end of the season. I think the Newcastle manager would have been sacked by most fans after a month of the season but now he is flavour of the month.”







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West Ham boss Sam Allardyce ‘will not rush Andy Carroll return’





6 December 2013
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West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce says he “won’t panic” into playing record-signing Andy Carroll following the striker’s return to training.

Carroll, 24, has not featured this season after aggravating

a heel injury

he sustained in May.


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Andy will want to play quicker than he should and I’ll have to calm him down



Sam Allardyce
West Ham manager


“We’re in a difficult position but I can’t panic into putting Andy in too quickly,” said Allardyce, whose side are 17th in the Premier League.

“Andy will want to play quicker than he should and I’ll have to calm him down.”

West Ham have won just once in five outings and struggled to score goals, with Modibo Maiga and Carlton Cole their strike options in Carroll’s absence.

“Basically, he’ll be doing more and more with the ball now,” added Allardyce, who admitted it was “extremely tough” to resist playing the striker at Liverpool on Saturday.

“He’ll keep doing the strength and conditioning work he has been doing, but it’ll be more about getting on the field with the ball at more intense levels as he goes along.

“My position is to take a sensible view, it’s my responsibility to make sure he is there to stay when he comes back onto the field, and not just one or two games.”

Carroll,

England’s most expensive footballer following his £35m move to Liverpool from Newcastle in 2011,

joined the Hammers on loan from the Reds in August 2012 before making the move permanent at the end of the 2012-13 campaign.

Since sustaining the injury in the final game of last season, he has travelled between the UK and two rehab centres in Europe to undergo treatment.

“It has been a long, hard process but now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Carroll told West Ham’s official website upon his return to training.

“It’s been really hard watching the games while I’ve been out, we haven’t picked up the results we have deserved, so I can’t wait to get out there again and start helping the team to win some games.”






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