CARROLL: IT’S BEEN A TOUGH SEASON

West Ham record signing Andy Carroll has said that he feels this season has been a tough season for the club, and him personally. We concluded our season with a defeat to Manchester City and finished in 13th place on 40 points.

“It has been a tough season in many ways” said Carroll. ”But we had a talk after the match and we spoke about how we won 60 per cent of our last phase of games of the last part of the season so that was a good thing to touch on and it means we take that on to the next year.”

Carroll has stated that although he was hampered by injury for the majority of the campaign, he is feeling fully fit now – and hopes to hit the ground running next season.

“It has been a long season for me. When I was going through all the recovery work to get back from injury, I had to wait what seemed a long time for my chance to be back.

“What with not being able to come back until the last part of the season to play, I still feel fresh now and I would be pretty happy if there were still a few games to play, I must admit.

“But it is the end of the season so I will have to wait a bit. It will be just as important to re-charge the batteries and then I just want to kick on and be raring to go from pre-season.”

Whether Carroll will be under the command of Sam Allardyce next season is another matter. The West Ham manager will be at a board meeting tomorrow with his future as boss the number one topic of discussion on the agenda.

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