There have been many reports that Sam Allardyce is trying to raid his old Bolton staff â€“ and get the best of them to join him at Newcastle. Bolton of course are resisting â€“ but the likelihood is strong that Big Sam will convince some of his old staff to come to Tyneside.
One of those interesting Sam is Mark Taylor â€“ who is currently Head of Sports Science and Medicine at Bolton and the other major one is Mike Forde who is the Performance Director at
These are the two most significant individuals Allardyce is after â€“ and initial reports are that despite Bolton’s attempts to persuade the two men to stay, they want to leave Bolton for
Big Sam Raises Victory Salute
Bolton, have already offered Forde a new position under new manager Sammy Lee and Allardyce has convinced Shepherd and the Newcastle board of the value and importance of his Bolton infrastructure.
Newcastle of course have never had any such infrastructure before – but it would be unwise not to back Allardyceâ€™s methods in what has been a successful stint for him at Bolton.
However, some of the goodwill from Bolton towards Allardyce will be impacted by the signing of these two backroom staff.
In his initial press conference Allardyce talked about “psychological profiling” and “welfare”, not subjects the board or Freddy Shepherd are familiar with and the Newcastle structure under Allardyce will be much different than weâ€™ve ever seen at Newcastle.
Newcastle, however are very keen to support Sam to the hilt. But Shepherd and the board will be looking to an immediate improvement in results because of this investment they have never made before.
Chairman Freddy Shepherd said as much last week when he said:
“The first job of the new manager is to get Newcastle back into the top six and make sure the club is playing regularly in Europe. That is the minimum we expect.”
Shepherd has never been one for too many frills and Big Sam will be judged by results on the field – like any other manager.
Once the season starts Allardyce will feel what real pressure and stress are at the club. To his credit he has already generated good will with everybody who has listened to his more than sensible discussions on various topics.
We see no reason why his infrastructure will not work at Newcastle just as famously as it did at Bolton – providing he can bring in the key personnel.
Hopefully we will be seeing Mike Forde and Mark Taylor joining Sam in the near future.
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