Pardew determined for Carroll to stay
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has reacted to suggestions that Tottenham are planning a £20m bid for Andy Carroll by insisting the Magpies must display a "big-club mentality" to resist overtures for the England striker.
Pardew expressed a determination that the Tyneside club would retain a player who has scored 10 Premier League goals this season after it was reported that Spurs were lining up a bid ahead of the January transfer window.
"It does get boring, but it's not going to stop," said Pardew. "It won't stop because he's a talent and that's what happens at big clubs. We have to have a big-club mentality and hold on to our best players.
"It just goes to show you his value at the moment. Andy just has to keep working hard and doing what he does best.
"His career path is here. He's already proved that playing for Newcastle United will not hinder his international career.
"So why does he need to go? He loves it here and loves the fans -- long may it continue."
Carroll (21) has won full England recognition and recently signed a five-year contract at Newcastle despite having more than his fair share of problems off the field, and Pardew is keen to nurture the club's most important playing asset.
"There'll be situations where I need to make sure his welfare is looked after and his progression is looked after," Pardew said.
Pardew is already relishing the chance to take on high-flying Manchester City at St James' Park on St Stephen's Day as he aims to build on the 3-1 home win over Liverpool in his first game in charge since he succeeded the sacked Chris Hughton.
"We still go into Man City on the back of a win against Liverpool," said Pardew, whose game at Birmingham fell victim to the Arctic conditions last weekend.
"It doesn't matter who that next game is against because we still go into it on a high. Confidence is still high after the Liverpool result."