He said: “It’s inevitable.
“Inevitable that they were going to let him go.
“You are not going to keep him. He’s not contributed enough, you have got to let him go.”
You have to agree with Murphy on this one. Carroll is a handy player to have around on his day, but the fact of the matter is that injuries have conspired to ensure that it isn’t his day often enough. At first, he got away with it on account of his natural physicality, but there were times watching him last season when he looked hugely immobile. Carroll was never the quickest or the most agile as it was, but the problems he has had to endure have really taken the wind out of his sails, and it is indeed no surprise to see him move on. Where he goes now is anybody’s guess. You would assume that he will struggle to find another Premier League side, but equally, a drop down to the Championship is hard to envisage. Perhaps a move abroad, to the MLS say, would be the wisest career decision for the big Geordie.