As we all know Sam Allardyce achieved wonders at Bolton with very little transfer funds available. So, being the type of person who gets on with the job, rather than complaining about its limitations, he did the only thing left open to him – get players cheaply or for nothing from wherever he could find them.
To the credit of Sam and his team he perfected a scouting system where he was able to bring unknown players in for little or no money (example: Tal Ben Haim for â‚¤150,000 from Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2004).
But at Newcastle he will be given ample transfer funds to bring in the players he wants – but we still hope he can bring in one or two unknown gems – from outside England – for meager sums. (we wouldn’t have it any other way).
Sam talks about what he needs to do at Newcastle – and how it differs from his eight years at Bolton.
Maybe for once – with Big Sam in control – Newcastle will get value in the transfer market – unlike we have done over the last 10 years.
Sam talks about what it will take – to get Newcastle back where we belong – and as soon as possible:
“Newcastle’s starting point is to achieve regular European football or win one of the cup competitions.“We may not be able to grow as quickly as I’d like, but I’m trying my hardest to get the right people in the right places and get results quickly. “I’ve got to do that to complete the job, particularly at St James’.”
It’s hard to accuse Big Sam of not knowing what he has to achieve at Newcastle to be successful.
He then goes on to talk about the differences he envisages in managing Newcastle as contrasted to managing Bolton Wanderers.
“Coming to Newcastle gives me a better chance of working on a more level playing field than I ever could at Bolton.
“The club supported me and gave me as much as they possibly could – but that was always limited.
“The resources here are far greater. It’s a more level playing field with the big boys.
“My success at Bolton means I know I’m very good at what I do.”
It’s sure going to be very interesting to see who the new players are that Sam brings in before the season’s kick off in August.
The fault we have made in the past is to buy players at the last moment on August 31st (or as was the case last season – try to buy players at the last moment but run out of time). When we do that the players then take months during the season to get acclimatized to their new club and how they should be playing.
We think Sam wants to bring players in quickly – so they are here when he kicks off training in early July.
Sam at St. James’ Park last Tuesday
Sam also still appears upset about the bungs allegations he was under last season:
“I was always guilty until proven innocent,” “I’ve come through all that and I’ve got nothing to hide.“It certainly didn’t come into the discussions when we were talking over the Newcastle job.” “What happened over the last year has made me stronger as a manager.”
We can’t wait for the new season to get going.