Kevin Nolan has apologised to Newcastle United fans over comments he made following Andy Carroll’s departure for Liverpool.
The Newcastle captain, a boyhood Liverpool fan and former club apprentice, was interviewed on the Reds’ TV channel following Carroll’s £35 million transfer.
He said: “Believe me you have got a top, top player. He’s going to be one of the best. There’s no-one like him in the league.
“He’ll score and create goals. He’ll also show great desire and commitment. That’s what Liverpool fans want and deserve.
“When we first heard about the move he asked me what I thought. You can imagine my reaction. I was delighted for him. He’s going to be a great addition to what is a new start for Liverpool.”
However, Nolan’s comments upset Newcastle United fans already disappointed they lost their golden boy with no one bought in as a replacement.
The 28-year-old midfielder has now apologised for his comments.
He told the BBC: “If fans don’t like it, I apologise. I’m getting quite sick of the Andy Carroll saga. I just want to put it to bed and get on with it.
“The last thing I want is to start upsetting our fans because they have been brilliant.
“There’s no-one more disappointed than me. Not only have we lost a top player but I’ve lost a good mate who was very close.”