Newcastle’s Alan Shearer has given new manager Sam Allardyce a glowing report on what he has done at Bolton – and what he can do for Newcastle in the next few years.
It’s an interesting interview – and much of what Alan says makes a lot of sense.
Alan Shearer with Family at Newcastle Testimonial 2006
While we don’t want to get carried away (as we are often prone to) we also think Sam can bring Newcastle much needed success – and more quickly than many might think.
As we mentioned yesterday – the Newcastle squad is a good one and Sam Allardyce brings out the best in players. So – given the Newcastle squad he inherits – plus bringing in new blood in the summer – can make us into a strong team – and it may not take too long.
We may do a lot better next season than fans think .
Here’s what Alan had to say yesterday regarding Big Sam.
“I believe Sam Allardyce has the sort of strong personality to sort out Newcastle and set them in the right direction again.
The job he has done at Bolton has been unbelievable.
It is clear he can motivate players. He comes across as a straight-talking manager who gets his message across to the players. And he will not take any messing around either.
That is what you need at a club – someone single-minded and strong.”
So for some players at Newcastle – they may be moved out quickly – since Allardyce will not stand any stupidity from players – but the real interest is who Sam will bring in this summer to augment the squad.
Shearer Scores one of his 206 goals for Newcastle
Shearer went on:
“Allardyce has proved he can not only motivate big names but can get fading stars shining again and discover players we have never heard of.
He has taken players from all sorts of clubs and from all different parts of the world.
Just look at some of the names he has had who have played at the very top, like Djorkaeff, Anelka, Campo. He has got them playing for Bolton and helping to make the club into a Premiership force.”
Don’t be surprised if Big Sam brings in older players – rather than youngsters Roeder wanted into the club. He should get us a few good buys – and we think Distin from Manchester City would be an excellent acquisition for us – even though he shunned us for City five years ago (let bygones be bygones – for the sake of the club).
“He has also discovered some great players as well and reinvigorated those who looked on their way out. He went into that club and laid down the foundations for success – and this is what Newcastle needs. I don’t claim to know the man well personally.
But I am good friends with Gary Speed at Bolton and he is a massive fan of Sam.
You do not get up to fifth or sixth in the Premiership table by playing a long-ball game.
Neither can you play it with players like Anelka and El-Hadji Diouf in the side.
I have seen Bolton play many times and theirs is effective and successful football. And every club wants that.”
It’s a pity Speed just signed on the coaching side of Bolton – we see Gary Speed as a potential future manager and/or coach at Newcastle – a great guy – who we should never have sold – in retrospect.