Big Sam will be Newcastle Manager – Announcement Tuesday

Newcastle United have continued to meet with Sam Allardyce today in a bid to tie up a deal for Sam to manage Newcastle..

The resignation of Paul Jewell from Wigan – and the sacking of Stuart Pearce from Manchester City we believe will have no impact on Big Sam becoming Newcastle manager – and expect Shepherd to move quickly to tie up the deal.

There will be a press conference at St. James’ at 1pm tomorrow – and we expect the announcement to be made then.


Sam Allardyce

Sam was in Manchester today and when asked about the Newcastle job – had this to say:

“Obviously there is an interest in Newcastle, where we have had a discussion, and we will see where it goes from there,”

“Of course it has popped up a bit quicker than I thought and whatever happens in the next few days will be vital in terms of what announcement will be made.”

Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill believes Allardyce will do a good job at Newcastle – here’s what O’Neill had to say today:

“Sam will be ready for Newcastle, of course,”

“I think he feels himself `this is it’, and it’s a great chance for him and a great opportunity because Newcastle are a fantastic football club.”

Everybody seems to be joining in with praise for Allardyce – Alan Shearer also had some positive words to say about Sam today:

“It’s a huge job and there have been so many managers – I think I went through five or six in the 10 years I was there.

“There are a lot of personalities there that need sorting out. I think a lot of players have gone stale.

“Sam is an expert at getting the best out of players. I hope dearly he goes up there and wins a trophy. It is such a huge club and they are starved of success.

“One thing we can guarantee is he will get money to spend. I think it’s defenders we need more than anything.

Finally Charles N’Zogbia and Oba Martins seem to be in a little hot water after both reacted negatively to the team selection for Newcastle’s last game against Watford yesterday.

We think this may be little more than an over-reaction in the press – because having completed such a disastrous season and with things uncertain for the players with a new manager coming in – tempers are going to get a little frayed.


Charles N’Zogbia

The sooner Sam is installed – and has a meeting with all the players – the better – and hopefully the commotion will end.

As usual – comments very welcome.

12 comments so far

  • carl

    May 14, 2007 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #1

    yeah i hope comotion will end,we need sam in asap.and im very suprised at oba martins.but at least shearers came out saying michael owen will stay,it has to have some substance as they are obviously good friends and its as if alan has spoken for him (given his queit nature).im not going to get carried away as weve all been here before but ive got a gut feeling allardyce is going to be the one to turn things around and awake the sleeping giant.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 14, 2007 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Carl – it’s good that he’s coming in early – have a feeling things will die down once Sam shows his face – there was never any trouble with Bolton players when he was there – and he managed Anelka and El-Hadji Diouf.

  • carl

    May 14, 2007 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #3

    yes i agree.the two bolton players you mentioned have notorius reputations and if sam can handle them i beleive he will have a walk in the park sorting out some of our spoilt – rich stale players. and it seems for once shepherd has got his timing spot on for the introduction for a new manager.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 14, 2007 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #4

    Carl – yes – Shepherd usually sacks them after a few games into the season – after they have spent all the money on new players in the summer 😀

  • Mick G

    May 14, 2007 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Sidwell will be unvield with Big Sam at tomorrows press conference

  • W

    May 14, 2007 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Mick G- Really?

  • Ed Harrison

    May 14, 2007 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #7

    I heard the rumors about Sidwell – seems strange (great) if we got him.

  • W

    May 14, 2007 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Does anyone else think that our signings from now own won’t be as predictable but more unorthodox this time round under Big Sam? Or will he be on the mainstream like other managers. The last time round, the players that are usually rumoured or link to the club are also linked to liverpool and pompey.

  • carl

    May 14, 2007 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #9

    i think sam will bring in quality players from wherever they are from , but the fans do expect bug names so its going to be interesting who does come in. oh and a big thank you to nicky butt not only for his effort this season but being honest about the players who dont want to be at newcastle.we must show them the door immediatly

  • Ed Harrison

    May 14, 2007 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #10

    Carl – agree with your thoughts – I wonder if one of the guys who doesn’t care is Dyer?
    Nicky has had a great season and shown a lot of courage.
    Would expect Sam to bring in some unknowns – like he did at Bolton – but they will become good players and good buys (for a change).
    Hope he announces who he’s moving out within a week – that will set the right tone.

  • Shaz

    May 14, 2007 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #11

    It could be just me but i noticed that during the Watford game,Nicky Butt wasn’t passing the ball to Michael when Michael was in a good position and one of them was a goal scoring opportunity.

  • Neil

    May 14, 2007 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #12

    I hope it is not a major overhaul. I think we just need to add quality at the back and maybe a taller striker, though I think Carroll may be good. Our midfield is good enough, though Sidwell would be a great signing. Dyer better not be unhappy after Newcastle stood by him for the past two seasons. If he is then send him on and let’s hope his hamstring falls off.


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