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.
I GOT THE NEWCASTLE JOB !
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:
- Had Great success with limited resources at Bolton â€“ 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)
- 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 heâ€™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)
â€œSam would be perfect for Newcastle. â€œI know the Geordie psyche and he fits the bill perfectly. He should have got the England job, because heâ€™s the best in the business. Everyone talks about the long-ball game, but they donâ€™t understand Sam.”
â€œIâ€™ve known him since he was manager at Notts County and then he played three at the back. Sam is flexible. Heâ€™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 wasnâ€™t out-and-out long ball, it was about putting the ball where it hurts the opposition.”
â€œLook 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 thatâ€™s what they need. Newcastle are desperate to win trophies and so is Sam. Itâ€™s the perfect combination.â€
Commenting on his style of playing the long ball and rather boring football Allardyce once said:
â€œIf I was a manager of a top club with top players and huge resources, my players would be better than the other teamâ€™s players 95 per cent of the time and weâ€™d play a different style to how we do at Bolton, although there would be a lot of core values that Iâ€™d want to retain.â€
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.