Big Sam fumes at Buffon
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sam Allardyce claims Andy Carroll was 'lucky' not to suffer a serious injury.Sam Allardyce claims Andy Carroll was 'lucky' not to suffer a serious injury after being clattered by Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
Carroll scored in Newcastle United's 2-0 friendly win at St James' Park, but was also on the receiving end of a reckless challenge from Buffon.
The Italian keeper charged out of his box with knees and elbows raised, and crashed straight into the teenage striker, with Allardyce unhappy with the incident.
"That was as bad as Harald Schumacher's challenge on Patrick Battiston in the 1982 World Cup," said Allardyce after the game.
"It was more like common assault than anything you expect to see on a football field. Andy was lucky not to end up in hospital.
"He is a young lad who must have been thrilled at scoring against a team like Juventus, but it could all have turned very sour for him."
Meanwhile, Allardyce is unaware of any plans for new Magpies owner Mike Ashley to appoint a director of football.
Reports have claimed that former manager Kevin Keegan has been lined up for a return to Tyneside, but Allardyce is understood to be lukewarm to the idea.
He added: "I've no idea what the club's thoughts are in that department.
"It hasn't come up, but if it does I'll make my views known in private."