Allardyce Certain to be Appointed Newcastle Manager next Monday

We understand that Sam Allardyce has been offered the job of Newcastle United manager, has willingly agreed to accept the position – and will be unveiled next Monday – following the last game of the season.



It is clear with the correspondence we have had from our readers – that Allardyce will not by a unanimous choice with the Newcastle United faithful.

As an analysis of this coming appointment, here are some positive and negative points associated with Sam Allardyce becoming manager:

Positive Side:

  • Had Great success with limited resources at Bolton – idolized there
  • Great Motivator who gets the best out of his players
  • His players are always the fittest in the league
  • Uses latest innovations like computer data analysis, psychology, tai chi, motivational videos and Chinese medicine ( we class all this as an advantage)
  • Reportedly extremely keen to become Newcastle Manager
  • Believes in good club organization (we hope he will embrace the youth and scouting systems Roeder put in place)

Negative Side:

  • Perceived by some as a dubious character
  • Implicated in the Panorama Program bungs in football – and recently alleged that Quest, the FA Premier League investigators, want to question him further with regard to some of his Bolton signings
  • Never been associated closely with Newcastle
  • Uses long ball, basic and boring football which has earned him criticism – this type of play will not be welcomed at Newcastle
  • Played for Sunderland 26 times in 1980-81 season 😀

Carlisle manager Neil McDonald used to be an assistant coach with Allardyce, played for Newcastle – and therefore has some credibility in discussing Sam and how he thinks he’ll do at Newcastle.


Carlisle Manager Neil McDonald

Here’s what Neil had to say about Allardyce as Newcastle Manager: (courtesy of The Times Online)

“Sam would be perfect for Newcastle. “I know the Geordie psyche and he fits the bill perfectly. He should have got the England job, because he’s the best in the business. Everyone talks about the long-ball game, but they don’t understand Sam.”

“I’ve known him since he was manager at Notts County and then he played three at the back. Sam is flexible. He’ll play the way which suits the club. Critics say he plays a rigid 4-3-3 system, but he only adopted it at Bolton because it got results. And, anyway, it wasn’t out-and-out long ball, it was about putting the ball where it hurts the opposition.”

“Look at some of the players he signed, like [Jay-Jay] Okocha and [Youri] Djorkaeff, world-class footballers and the type Newcastle fans love. Sam demands high standards and that’s what they need. Newcastle are desperate to win trophies and so is Sam. It’s the perfect combination.”

Commenting on his style of playing the long ball and rather boring football Allardyce once said:

“If I was a manager of a top club with top players and huge resources, my players would be better than the other team’s players 95 per cent of the time and we’d play a different style to how we do at Bolton, although there would be a lot of core values that I’d want to retain.”

We do believe Big Sam will strive hard to play entertaining football at Newcastle – because he can get the players with the skill – plus he understands that’s what the Newcastle fans want (as long as we win).

We think that Allardyce – with our current squad – could get us into a top six position – we say this because the current Newcastle squad is better and has more class than that of Bolton (Martins, Owen, Given, Taylor, Parker, Emre, Milner, Butt).

Given that he could get our players super-fit and motivated – we could win many games next season. That says something about what we think Allardyce can get out of his players.

On second thoughts – maybe we are over-stating the case a bit – we would probably need at least one new center back to play with Taylor ! 😀

It now looks a certainty that Big Sam will be the next Newcastle manager – let us know your thoughts, ideas and opinions on this upcoming appointment.

11 comments so far

  • W

    May 8, 2007 at 4:35 AM

    Comment #1

    it’s safe to say at most 64% fans don’t mind having sam

  • Ahmed Bilal

    May 8, 2007 at 5:59 AM

    Comment #2

    How is this a certainty Ed?

  • Barrie Nixon

    May 8, 2007 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #3

    Sad but roeders time was up. We MUST now get rid of the poison that is Kieron Dyer and his useless mate Titus Bungle. Newcastle need team spirit and hopefully the new manager will clear these cancers out of the Club.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 8, 2007 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Ahmed – seems that one big reason Roeder was let go was the availability of Allardyce,
    Just cannot see him not being appointed – but may be over-reaching.
    It’s an exciting prospect….going to make the summer very very interesting.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 8, 2007 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Looks like we have missed iout on Sidwell – ManU and Chelsea are in for him – we need to keep Emre now.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 8, 2007 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #6

    Barrie – still hoping there will be a big clear-out at Newcastle – it’s needed – but would be surprised if Dyer goes – Bramble and some of the other defenders must go.

  • Toon Exile

    May 8, 2007 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #7

    Whenever Sam’s name is mentioned all I can do is sigh. We could get Sven but we’re getting Sam. Sigh

  • Ahmed Bilal

    May 8, 2007 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Ed, the Sidwell to Chelsea / Man U link is bogus, rumor-mongering at its best

  • Ed Harrison

    May 8, 2007 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Ahmed – I really hope so – Sidwell would at least get a game at Newcastle

  • Jinal

    May 8, 2007 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #10

    I really really really realllyyy doubt that Sidwell will be headed to any team other than Newcastle United. I say this because he has always wanted to play for us and didn’t even play in for Reading in our recent trip to Madjeski. Also, I don’t know how reliable this info is but my cousin in England has been working in the Royals admin ever since I can remember and he tells me that Sidwell’s move to Newcastle is a done deal.

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