Newcastle’s new captain Joey Barton is undecided over whether to stick with the Toon, with the midfielder telling reporters he is not sure enough of Newcastle management’s motives.
"It's important to respect the people who come to the stadium or watch the games on telly,” Barton said.
"That's what I told [the Newcastle management]. I told them the goal shouldn't be just to survive, to finish 16th or 17th, every season.
"We had a good player, Carroll, and we sold him.
“I told the management that I was worried, that I was scared this might happen every year. But they assured me they don't want to go down that road.”
Carroll moved to Liverpool for a record transfer fee of £35 million in the January transfer period. The deal was made almost literally at the last minute, and left a gaping hole in Newcastle’s forward line.
The Toon appear to be safe from regelation for now, currently sitting at ninth on the Barclays Premier League table and seven points clear of the drop zone.
While management has promised numerous times that they are planning on investing in good players for the long term this summer, Barton is not so sure they’re being truthful.
"I don't know if I believe them. I told them I might stay this summer because we have some good players and money to spend," he said.
“But I'm going to wait and see if players like Kevin Nolan, Cheick Tiote and Jose Enrique stay.
"If Nolan signs a new deal, I will as well. But I hope the club step things up. I want to be ambitious and I think the club share that desire."