During a 25 December meeting at Newcastle United's snowbound training ground the England striker told his new manager that he wants to stay at St James' Park for the forseeable future. In return Pardew promised to do everything in his powers to keep Carroll on Tyneside.
"I spoke to Andy on Christmas Day," said Chris Hughton's successor, well aware Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Manchester City are among a cluster of leading Premier League lights itching to recruit his prize asset. "I asked him what he wanted to do; if he wanted to stay."
The answer was more than merely affirmative; it left Pardew with the impression that the Gateshead‑born striker's devotion to the club he grew up supporting could equal Matthew Le Tissier's famous love for Southampton.
No one knows whether Carroll will, like Le Tissier, prove a one‑team man but, for the moment at least, the thought of living anywhere but north‑east England distresses him and his manager's mind is duly at rest. Any attempts by Mike Ashley, Newcastle's owner, to cash in on a striker who turns 22 next week will be resisted.
Pardew said: "On Christmas Day I said to Andy, 'I do not want to talk for you; we are talking together. If you remain here it is great news for us. But it is important that you want to stay.'
"Wanting to stay was the case that Andy put to me and it is great news because we will make sure he does. That is why I am so confident there will be no problem with Andy in January – or, hopefully, next summer, the following January and the summer after that. He is handling all the speculation very well but the most important thing is that Andy wants to play for Newcastle United."
Pardew – whose confidence in retaining his 11‑goal leading scorer is bolstered by Carroll having signed a new five‑year contract at St James' Park shortly before Hughton's departure – acknowledges that Newcastle's most treasured possession is not quite perfect.
"Andy understands he has a lot of learning to do," said a manager confident of proving an able tutor. "I have been fortunate enough to manage some very good strikers, Jermain Defoe among them, so I will be giving Andy titbits of things I have learnt from people like Defoe, stuff I think will work for him. What Andy does well he does very, very well; that is why he is such a target for rival managers. If he can improve the other sides to his game, his link‑up play and his movement, he is going to be a top, top player."
Carroll is imperious in the air and one of Pardew's ambitions is to maximise his ability on the ground by varying the type of service he receives while simultaneously reducing a long‑ball dependency.
"If you put balls into the right areas not many centre halves can deal with Andy. But there are certain tactics I don't want us to overuse." Should things go according to plan, Carroll's potentially devastating left foot may become as important a weapon as his head.
Both are likely to be deployed when Newcastle visit Tottenham tomorrow. "I don't think Harry will be underestimating Andy," said a smiling Pardew, who expects Carroll to pass a fitness test on an ankle knock. "I'm sure he'll be OK; he's a bit of a warrior – although we've got to be careful with such a key player."
Ideally, Pardew would not be asking Carroll and company to push tired bodies to the limit by playing two games inside three days. "The fixture schedule is too crowded," said a manager delighted to see Steven Taylor finally sign a new contract extension which will keep the defender at Newcastle until 2016.
"The game is now at a level where footballers are highly tuned athletes. To turn them round as quickly as this risks causing injuries. We are putting our players at risk."
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