Monday 23 September 2019

Andy Carroll sent home from training after furious argument with David Moyes

West Ham manager David Moyes and Andy Carroll
West Ham manager David Moyes and Andy Carroll

John Percy

David Moyes ordered Andy Carroll home from West Ham’s training ground on Monday after an angry confrontation, with the club also set to launch an investigation.

Moyes, the West Ham manager, has taken a hardline stance with Carroll after the striker disappeared down the tunnel towards the end of the 4-1 defeat by Manchester City on Sunday when not chosen to come off the bench.

Carroll, it is understood, returned to the dressing room to use the toilet after Moyes made a triple substitution midway through the second half.

Moyes promised to “deal with it” and on Monday instructed Carroll to return home after reporting to the club’s training base. It is unclear whether West Ham will fine the former England international but sources have revealed the club’s board will investigate.

Carroll has been growing increasingly frustrated over a lack of first-team opportunities under Moyes, failing to start a Premier League game since the 2-1 win over West Brom on January 2 - when he scored both goals.

The 29-year-old is now facing an uncertain future if Moyes remains in charge of the Hammers for the following campaign.

After the game Moyes said: “It’s something I’ll deal with. In this situation what you need is everybody to be a team member so if he has done that, I’ll look at it and I’ll deal with it.”

Moyes and Carroll have already clashed this season, after the 2-0 defeat at Watford in November.

West Ham’s defeat to the Premier League champions left the club just three points above the relegation zone, raising further questions over whether Moyes will be given next season.

Pablo Zabaleta, the defender, said: “We’ve got Leicester away on Saturday, we are three points above the relegation zone so it is still in our hands.

“After that we have the last two games at home, against Manchester United and Everton. We need to forget this result, it wasn’t good but we need to be positive.

“One more win could be enough but we can’t wait for other teams to keep dropping points. We need to think about West Ham.”

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