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 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.
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.