Well – it would be nice if the headline was absolutely true – but not quite.
The season ticket prices will be frozen until the middle of next month (June 15th) which is not a bad ploy by the club – given the excitement Big Sam has generated this last week.
Also, Sam is back at St. James’ this morning presumably to start sorting out who his back-room staff will be – and deciding who of the current playing staff he’ll let go.
Sam talked this morning of making St. James’ into a fortress again – and we can do that.
Big Sam at the Fortress
Alan Oliver is reporting in today’s Evening Chronicle (www.icnewcastle.co.uk) that Sam met with both Lee Clark and Terry McDermott this morning – and Oliver is predicting both will be part of Sam’s team. We hope his team also includes Nigel Pearson – who proved himself an excellent technical coach since arriving here late last year.
We think he can be a good addition to Sam’s staff.
Sam is certainly providing lots of interviews – which are always interesting. Here’s what he had to say this morning at St. James’ Park:
“Our success next season will be built around how well we do at St James’ Park.
“I know during my early days at Bolton it was an extremely hard place to come and I was always delighted if I could leave here with a point.
“We have the players to beat any team at St. James’ and, with the right team spirit and a few additions, I am sure that will happen next year.
“Picking up results at home is so important because it sends supporters home happy, and it is up to me to make sure that happens.
“I know what it is like to come here as an opposing manager and have 50,000 Newcastle fans getting right behind their team.
“Now it’s great to know I’ll have that support on my side at St. James’ Park.
“I want this to be a place where teams know we are going to be very difficult to beat.
“With the help of the fans I want us to build something special here. Their backing is so important for us.”
Maybe it’s just us – but every time we hear Sam speak – he makes perfect sense – and seems to know exactly what to say – and where he wants to go.
Remember -when he was interviewed for the England job – he reportedly had the best interview of any candidate – by far.
It’s no mystery players want to play for him – if he is as straight and forthcoming – and sensible – as he has been this week.
Guess it was a disappointment for Sam not to get the England job – but life works in strange ways – and he now has one of the most difficult (but also the most rewarding) jobs in English football – and Sam seems absolutely determined to succeed.
We certainly hope he does!