Sam Allardyce Gets His Men


It is understood that Mike Forde – Performance Director at Bolton – has turned down a new improved contract offer from the club yesterday – and it is looking increasingly likely he is set to join Sam Allardyce at Newcastle.

The other key member of Sam’s back-room staff at Bolton, Mark Taylor, who is Head of Sports Science and Medicine at the club, has already said he is set to join Big Sam at Newcastle.

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“Mike and Mark are Coming”

In our piece yesterday on Sam’s back-room staff we knew that Sam was after both key men and that Bolton were attempting to keep Forde by offering him a new improved contract. But it seems the lure of joining Sam again – and building a new infrastructure from scratch at Newcastle – was too much for both of them to turn down.

Another interesting piece of news associated with Allardyce’s potential back-room staff is that Phil Brown agreed yesterday to a new contract with Hull City.
That takes him out of the running to becomes Sam’s assistant at Newcastle.

With Bryan Robson likely to become the Sheffield United manager before the end of the week – we may well see Nigel Pearson leave the club to link up again with Robson.

Robson and Pearson held similar positions at WBA until late last year.

That would presumably leave current Carlisle Manager Neil McDonald as favorite to becomes Sam’s assistant manager at Newcastle.

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Neil McDonald

Neil of course has close ties with the area – being born in Wallsend – and having made 180 appearances for Newcastle from 1983 – 1988 scoring 24 goals.

He finished his playing career at Preston in 1998 and is a young 41 – and would probably jump at the chance to join Sam at Newcastle.

Things are starting to gel nicely – now all we need are some players coming in..



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9 comments so far

  • lee

    May 22, 2007 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Absolute priority to lure Mike Forde and Mike Taylor to Newcastle, perhaps even more important than asking Michael Owen to stay. Together with Big Sam, they have built Bolton into what it is today… it was a ‘back-team’-work not Big Sam alone. So this is good news!

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  • És

    May 22, 2007 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Sam what about Gary Speed, we Newcastle fans miss him, he could come to Newcastle, then we could sell butt:). Speed is a future signing for us:), he is a role model for the young lads ;).

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  • lee

    May 22, 2007 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Es – Speed is no longer speedy as he was.. too old. But he can become Newcastle’s new coach though.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 22, 2007 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #4

    lee – agree 0- that would be great – Gary Speed has a great footballing brain and is just a great guy – and of course hugely popular at Newcastle – he would be fabulous with Big Sam at Newcastle – assistant manager ? 😀

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  • lee

    May 22, 2007 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    absolutely… and also perhaps as next Newcastle manager after Big Sam retires with a string of trophies.

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  • És

    May 22, 2007 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #6

    then I think it is good that Speed comes to us, so he could learn much more from Sam. Then Sam retires, Speed could take the big step with Shearer, and they could manage Newcastle United together :), (both of them have the manager job together, and Robert Lee as assistant manager )…that is a big dream from my side:).

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  • lee

    May 22, 2007 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #7

    If I was Shearer, I would take the coaching job now and learn the ropes under Big Sam…. then he is ready for manager when Sam retires.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 22, 2007 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Es – you know that Shearer and Speed are big pals. I remember last season when we played Bolton and Shearer fouled Gary – and ran away laughing all over his face.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 22, 2007 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #9

    lee – if Big Sam is successful – he could be in the job for a good few years so Shearer wouldn’t be manager for a while.

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