Roeder - Carrick's going nowhere

Last updated : 30 April 2002 By Luke Thornhill
The Geordie born youngster, who joined West Ham after the Toon dropped the youth team under Kevin Keegan, has impressed critics this season and is on the verge of the England squad.

His agent was seen talking to Freddir Shepherd on Saturday as the Hammers were in town, going down 3-1 to the Toon.

Hammers gaffer Glenn Roder today dismissed the story, saying Carrick was not available for transfer

"Michael Carrick is not for sale - end of story," said Roeder today.

"He still has four years of his contract left to run and he is going nowhere.

"And if he was ever to move he would cost a king's ransom.

"Having played for Newcastle, I know what the feelings are up there.

"And I can appreciate that Freddie Shepherd just loves having a Geordie manager in Bobby Robson, a Geordie skipper in Alan Shearer and a Geordie first-team coach in John Carver.

"But the fact that Michael Carrick is also a Geordie does not come into any equation."