Can Allardyce and Shepherd become Newcastle’s Dynamic Duo


Given that Sam Allardyce will take over as manager of Newcastle United next week – we wonder how Big Sam and Freddy Shepherd will do as a working partnership.

Certainly the Sunderland partnership of Roy Keane and Niall Quinn – beginning after Sunderland had lost their first five games of the season (with a resistant Quinn in charge) – four in the league and one in the League cup – has proved to be massively successful.

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Roy Keane and Niall Quinn

Did I forget to mention they got promoted as Champions at their first try?

As far as we are concerned – how will Shepherd and Allardyce perform together for Newcastle?

Hopefully very well – but let’s take a closer look.

As we know Roy Keane is a strong personality and before he took the job sought guarantees from Quinn that he wouldn’t interfere with the playing side of things. Quinn has kept to his word and always supported Keane – particularly in the transfer market – to the tune of bringing in 12 players.

Suffice to say the partnership has been tremendously successful for our rivals south of the Tyne.

Sam Allardyce is also a strong personality though when we look at his record at Bolton he seems to have got on quite well with Bolton chairman Phil Gartside.

Maybe the only negative for Sam at Bolton was not having enough transfer funds to bring in more players and make Bolton even better.

Gartside has recently denied that was the reason Allardyce resigned last week – pointing to last years capture of “world class striker” Nicholas Anelka on August 25th, 2006 for a club record $8M.

Whether it was a problem at Bolton or not that should not be a problem for Allardyce at Newcastle.

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Freddy Shepherd and Sam Allardyce

To be fair to Shepherd – (we know that may be a dangerous thing to say) – he has always backed his managers fully – all five of them to date Dalglish, Gullit, Bobby Robson, Souness and Roeder.

His fault if anything is that he often backed them with too much money…..Souness and the $50M he dished out for players of the caliber of Jean-Alain Boumsong and Albert Luque ($18M for the two) immediately comes to mind.

Shepherd has usually left the manager alone to manage the playing side – although there is persistent talk that he has more to do with the transfers than he should.

We brought up Keane and Quinn at the start of this piece because this is the way a football partnership between Manager and Chairman should be – the chairman looks after the financial side of the business and the manager is fully responsible for the playing side – and the results!

If Freddy Shepherd can agree with Big Sam this is the way things will be run – we feel that Allardyce can bring the just rewards Newcastle fans have been waiting close to 40 years for – a trophy.

Just a minute – isn’t that what we were saying last year after Roeder’s phenomenal run at the end of last season.

Maybe (maybe not) – but hope springs eternal at Newcastle – and someone has to finally bring success to Newcastle – and it may as well be Big Sam – hopefully while some of us are still around.



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4 comments so far

  • Jinal

    May 8, 2007 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #1

    At the end of the day, all we can do is wait and see how everything unfolds. I’m just hoping we put out more spirited performances next season. Perhaps not having to play in any European competitions will aid in getting the team’s composure back together by not having that stress. I have two main worries so far:
    1) I’m aware that while at Bolton, Big Sam probably couldn’t buy all the players he liked due to financial constraints but even then, Bolton have a far worse defensive record than the toon and defence is our biggest concern.
    2) I’m not too sure how well Oba and Michael will pair up in the front because in the two games that I’ve seen, it hasn’t looked too promising.

    Oh well, this test of faith is part of being a Geordie fan.

    Big Sam – If you happen to read this, I hope you can bring us a miracle!

    Jinal – Fan from Kenya (East Africa)

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 8, 2007 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #2

    Jinal – thanks – on your point 2 – we had thought that too – Martins and Owen look far too similar. I think Ameobi and Owen or Ameobi and Martins would be good – but it does give us some attacking options.
    We just have to hope for the best next season (as usual) 😀

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  • Raza

    May 9, 2007 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #3

    Well, we’ve been bloody hoping for 37 years and the barren run continues. We’re again in the news for all the wrong reasons. The only good thing is I guess that at least the new manager will have an entire summer to work with players and bring in new ones possibly.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 9, 2007 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #4

    Raza – right – but because of that – the expectation in Newcastle will be sky high in August – we better make a good start to the season.

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