Sam Allardyce took over as Newcastle Manager this morning on a three year deal – and we believe he was the only manager Freddy Shepherd considered – even though other names were being banded around in the press.
As expected Sam said his first task was to have a good talk to Michael Owen – regarding his future at the club.
Sam arrives at St. James’ Park
Sam will be on a three year contract – and not the four years widely reported last week.
Sam quickly talked about his new job at Newcastle:
“I suppose this is the greatest challenge I have ever had, but it is one I am excited about and one I am looking forward to,”
“It is no secret that what has happened in the past is not good enough for a club as big as Newcastle United, and it is now my job to change all that.”
“After leaving Bolton Wanderers I was expecting a longer rest, but once Freddy opened that door, I was in,”
“Whatever may or may not be said about Freddy Shepherd, when I met him in London on Friday, I could feel his passion for Newcastle United.
“He is a passionate supporter and it is well-known throughout football that he has always supported his managers. Now it is up to everyone from Freddy down to me, the players, the fans and even the tea lady to give these fans the success they deserve.”
Allardyce flew in by helicopter this morning to meet the players who have not yet started their summer break.
His first task will be to resolve Michael Owen’s future at St James’ Park.
“One of the first things I will be doing is sitting down with Michael Owen and having a little chat with him,”
“I will be asking him does he want to stay with us or go. Obviously I would like him to stay because he has that rare commodity of being able to score goals. What I think Michael needs is more time to get on track for us and hopefully he will decide to take it.
Welcome aboard Sam – you have a lot of work to do – and we’ll be hoping you can turn the club around – you’ll certainly get our 100% support.