Speaking to the Press yesterday, Pardew was clearly angry with the incessant speculation surrounding Carroll:
"I think it’s unfair on the Newcastle public and I think it’s unfair on Andy. It was speculative journalism that had no foundation
Pardew is absolutely right; cynical 'journalism' of the highest order, with the ironic thing being that the 'story' was endlessly perpetuated by Liverpool FC websites. Almost all prominent LFC sites/blogs ran stories about Carroll leaving, even though it was obvious that the story was false.
It's hard to take Pardew's complaints seriously though, especially considering it was arguably he who got the ball rolling on the Carroll rumour-mill, when he said the following at a press conference recently:
"You never want to lose great players and we never wanted to lose him. I would take him back if I had the chance. If the fee was not as high as it was, then he would still be here".
Most transfer rumours relating to Liverpool are nonsense these days, but to be honest, this is one rumour I hoped would turn out to be true (!)
Sorry for having that view, but I just don't think Carroll is ever going to cut it at Liverpool.