5 Players who were forced out of their respective clubs
The word loyalty is becoming a term that is thrown around incessantly every single time the transfer window opens. Despite it being their profession, footballers are expected to stay put at a particular club, snubbing lucrative deals offered by various clubs. Over the course of the last few decades, the commitment of footballers has come under immense scrutiny.
However, very little interest is shown towards the way clubs handle their players. Often times, even the best in the business have been forced out of their respective clubs and while mostly it comes down to the money on the table, sometimes, there are reasons that will never be known until the player himself decides to spill the beans on the affair.
In this segment, we take a look at 5 players who were forced out of their respective clubs.
5. Andy Carroll (Newcastle United)
The English striker made headlines with his performances for Newcastle United in the 2009-10 season as he scored 19 goals in 42 appearances to help the Magpies make a swift return to the Premier League. However, after spending just half a season as Newcastle’s leading striker, a period during which he scored 11 goals in 20 appearances, Carroll attracted the attention of a struggling Liverpool side.
The Reds made a bid believed to be in the region of £30 million which was rejected by the club and in a bid to make sure they extracted an obscene value from the transfer of their main man, Newcastle forced Carroll into handing in a transfer request so as to force Liverpool’s hand.
"I was in talks about a new contract and talking to the gaffer about that. He told me that they are now not going to give me a contract. That was as soon as the offer of £30m came in. So I asked why [I wasn't getting a new contract], and he said his hands were tied. He said it wasn't up to him. Then a £35m bid got accepted. And then I was allowed to talk to Liverpool. The owner then made it clear to me that I was not wanted at the club, saying that his own helicopter is waiting for me to go down to talk to them. So being shown I'm not wanted I said 'OK, I will talk to them'. Then suddenly the bid was rejected. And then Derek 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 his [Ashley's] helicopter. I didn't want to leave”, said Carroll in an interview with the Newcastle Chronicle.
The move eventually did not work out as Carroll’s stint at the Merseyside was blighted by injuries and the lanky striker is currently on West Ham’s books where he continues to score goals when fit.