Andy Carroll reveals he regretted West Brom transfer ‘from the second day I was there’

ANDY CARROLL has admitted he regretted his move to West Brom from his “second day there”.

The Reading forward, 33, ditched the Royals in January for the Baggies – only to return this season.

Andy Carroll has played 12 times for Reading this seasonRex

Carroll was recruited by ex-West Brom boss Valerien Ismael after an injury suffered by striker Daryl Dike.

Just one game later, however, Ismael was sacked – forcing the former England striker into a reunion with old Newcastle boss Steve Bruce.

Speaking to Berkshire Live about his time at the Hawthorns, Carroll admitted: “To be honest, the second day I was there I regretted being there.”

Carroll left West Brom after scoring three goals in 15 games, being released at the end of his short-term deal.

He was a free agent until September, when he penned a deal to return to Reading until January.

Following Bruce’s West Brom sacking in October ahead of their clash with Reading, Carroll made a stunning dig at his old boss.

He said: “It’s always sad to see people get the sack.

“Especially when we were guaranteed three points at the weekend. It is a shame but that’s football.


“You don’t get the results, it’s a business at the end of the day.

“That’s why you have to keep the lads together and work hard as a manager and get the lads working hard for you.”

While Carroll could be a free agent again next month, this time he is hoping to extend his stay with Paul Ince’s side.

He said: “Hopefully you guys have asked the gaffer and he has given you the answer, but I am willing to sign if there is a deal there.”

Carroll has played 12 times for the Royals this term, scoring twice.

Reading went into this weekend eighth in the Championship table – two points off the play-off positions.

Carroll, 33, played under Steve Bruce at NewcastleGetty – Contributor

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