Hughton wants Carroll on the back pages

The 21-year-old endured a mixed day yesterday when, after waking to

read yet more lurid tabloid revelations over his private life, he

turned in a match-winning display as the Magpies stunned Arsenal to

claim a 1-0 Premier League victory at the Emirates Stadium.

Carroll, who was watched by England boss Fabio Capello against the

Gunners amid speculation that his stunning run of form could earn

him a first senior international call-up for the friendly against

France later this month, has found himself on the news pages far

too often in recent months, and his manager insists that must come

to a halt. Hughton said: “With Andy, it’s about making sure that

all the headlines he is making are on the back pages. “He is a

young man, he has made mistakes, but he has got to make sure he

learns from those mistakes, and I am quite sure he will. “He is an

environment here where he is getting a lot of support from the

club, certainly the staff and the supporters, and I am quite sure

his concentrations will be very much on football, 100%. “Young

professional footballers are easier targets. They have a different

lifestyle, as people see it. “They are young, privileged men and

that’s how people see it. They have got to make sure they don’t get

caught up in the pitfalls of it all.” On the pitch, things could

hardly be going better for the Gateshead-born youngster, who

followed up a superb individual display in a the 5-1 derby rout of

Sunderland with his sixth goal of the season at the Emirates.

Whether that propels him into the England set-up remains to be

seen, but his club manager is delighted with his contribution to a

fine start to the campaign. Hughton said: “That’s down to the

manager. All we can do for our part is support him and create an

environment in which he can flourish. “At the moment, he is a young

man who is playing very well on the back of an excellent

performance at Arsenal. “The reason why we gave him that number

nine shirt is because we saw that potential in him, and we hope

that continues. “He is a player in form. He is, of course, a little

bit different to a lot of the other England strikers at this

particular moment, which perhaps sets him apart. “He is an

old-fashioned centre-forward, he is left-sided and has a prowess in

the air. He is certainly different. “He is still developing his

game, he will have bad periods, he will have ups and downs as all

centre-forwards do, but at the moment, he is a player playing very,

very well. “He’s providing the team with a wonderful platform up

front and scoring goals as well. “The most important thing is that

his mind is very much concentrated on doing the best job he can for

this football club.” The win at Arsenal sent Newcastle to the dizzy

heights of fifth place in the table, although no-one at St James’

Park will be allowed to get carried away. Hughton is keeping his

own feet firmly on the ground as he continues to work without a

number two – the process of replacing Colin Calderwood is ongoing –

and with his contractual situation due to be addressed only at the

end of next month. When it was suggested he had gained a few grey

hairs in recent weeks, he replied with a smile: “That’s down to not

having time to get my hair cut. “Normally it is a little bit

shorter than it is now. I was warned when I came to Newcastle that

the grey ones might come a little bit faster than I anticipated,

and they probably have.”