Sam Allardyce Must Now Think Big – Very Big

With the news yesterday that Mike Ashley will invest a massive ₤270M in Newcastle – over the next 5 years – to have them challenge for the Premiership title and the European Champions League – Sam Allardyce may have to change his thinking in the summer transfer window.

What is already becoming apparent – and this of course is all dependent on Ashley assuming control of Newcastle – is that Big Sam will have but one year to prove to Ashley he is the man to take Newcastle forward to bigger things.


Potential New Owner Mike Ashley and Sam Allardyce

With Mike Ashley’s stated ambitions Newcastle will need to finish in the top six or even higher next season and Sam needs to be thinking about that – as he brings in his new players.

The positive scenario for Allardyce is that he already has good players at the club – and with say 5-6 new players secured for the problem spots (like defense!) – and with his ability to get players to play their best for him – we could have a greatly improved season next season – with players actually playing at 100% every game.

Depending on our finish next season will probably also decide Big Sam’s fate as Newcastle manager – because another massive amount will need to be spent next year in the transfer market – to make the step up to top four. It’s not going to be easy because right now the top four of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal are so much better than everybody else.

The three teams positioned to challenge the top four next season look to be Newcastle, Tottenham, and Aston Villa – only because they are being provided with big money to do it. The news today is that Tottenham Hotspur’s boss Martin Jol will be given ₤60M for this summer’s transfer window – so Newcastle will not be the only club with big money to spend.


Tottenham Manager Martin Jol

You have to wonder how teams like Blackburn and Reading have any chance of progressing up the league with money starting to make such a difference. We do know that Bolton were doing very well under Allardyce with little or no transfer fees available – before Sam took the Newcastle hot seat..

News today is that Allardyce will try to capture Peter Crouch from Liverpool for ₤10M – and while he would be a good buy – to play with Owen and Martins – here we go again. We’d be a lot happier if our first priority were defenders – particularly following the clear-out of defenders Bramble, Moore, Bernard, Srnicek and Onyewu a couple of weeks ago.

We’d be more interested in hearing that Big Sam was after say Jorge Andrade, the Lisbon-born 29-year-old, or Fabricio Coloccini, the 25 year old Argentinian – both of whom play for Deportivo La Coruna and would be good for Newcastle’s back four.


Argentina’s Fabricio Coloccini

We hope to be seeing some defenders being brought in now – once the window opens on June 1st – otherwise if we wait until the last minute as we’ve done in the past – it will take them a couple of months to gel – and then we may have lost too many points.
Now is the time to make the moves for defenders we can make – and acquisitions like Baines and Ben Haim would be good first starts – with others like Coloccini and Andrade being possibilities,

We can only hope that Sam already has some defenders lined up to join us.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • joe

    May 28, 2007 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #1

    This £270 million thing seems like a dream. Until Big Sam has been told that the takeover id complete and has been told figures from the horses mouth as it were, how can he change his thinking? We can only remain calm and hope that an improvent is apparent next season. If the money comes, fair enough, we can look upwards more dramatically. Until then though, nothing has changed as far as BS is concerned. I hope everything is true, but at the same time a bit of realism may be required. With the current situation, I just hope it’s sorted quickly or Sam will have no money at all to spend. With that in mind i’ll stick to my previous comments on other threads. Top 8 minimum but hopefully a UEFA spot. If our ship comes in i’ll gladly review it!!!

  • Ed Harrison

    May 28, 2007 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #2

    joe – good and fair comment – hopefully we’ll be closer to the truth after Wednesday’s board meeting – and then we’ll be able to drink that gallon of Brown Ale to celebrate. 😉

  • ross

    May 28, 2007 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #3

    Just as long as Shepherd dosn’t decide to fight it as reported in the papers. We could lose valuble time if he drags this out. Think of the club Shepherd for once and **** off.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 28, 2007 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #4

    ross – that’s certainly the dreaded scenario – but he cannot be that stupid surely

  • Ed Harrison

    May 28, 2007 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #5

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  • lee

    May 28, 2007 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #6

    With the amount of cash Ashley wants to spend on players, the club should be thinking at the level of Chelseana and Man Utd…. gone will be the days of trying to save a bit here and there… we have to think and buy like potential champions now… think how Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan, and so on… their spending policies are on a different level than the rest in the football world. Although there is some getting used to be done, we have to step up our thinking… Chelsea fans may be a good support in our own transition. I have no doubt that if our supporters, players and management can psychologically adapt to the new environment, then Newcastle will not only be a powerhouse in the Premiership but also in Europe and the world. For the first time in world football, this week will be remembered as the moment when a rare entry is made by a first-rate club into the elite group of clubs. I can see us rubbing shoulders with the fans of Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan, Man Utd, Bayern Munich, and so on. Winning trophies, hosting superstar players like Beckham and Ballack (whoever) will become more natural to us. If Ashley stays with the club within the next 10 years, I can predict Newcastle winning the UEFA Cup at least 2-3 times, and the Premiership 2-3 times, and the Champions League at least once.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 28, 2007 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #7

    lee – very well said – you have to think big – to be big.

  • joe

    May 28, 2007 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #8

    I’ll keep the champagne on ice until we have an announcement. To be honest, after following NUFC for so long and having nothing to shout about, it would be weird to bee winning things regularly. Maybe the floodgates will open once we win one. I’d take anything!!!

  • Ebol

    May 28, 2007 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Big Sam shouldn’t just buy players because of their reputation. Maybe they will up the calibre of the club and encourage more players to sign but long term, no one benefits. Just look at Chelsea buying Shevchenko. We need to buy players that we are sure about, that can definitely perform at the highest level and, preferably, have already proved their class in the Premiership.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 28, 2007 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #10

    joe – same here – although i did see the Fairs Cup final and the 1955 FA Cup final on TV – but that’s a long time ago. Hey – it would be good to win something next year – even if it’s the League Cup 😀

  • Outlaw

    May 28, 2007 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #11

    I am glad someone like Mike Ashley will invest large amounts of cash into the club. I jus hope we don’t end up wasting it like Chelsea have with Shevchenko & Ballack, those two with no re-sale value.

    First priority are defenders and then we can start filling elsewhere.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 28, 2007 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Outlaw – we have to learn from the Chelsea thing before us – must keep the passion and the identity of Newcastle.

  • Andy T

    May 29, 2007 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #13

    “With Mike Ashley’s stated ambitions Newcastle will need to finish in the top six OR EVEN HIGHER next season” If we can manage to finish higher than the top six then I will have to admit – the Sam and Mike show will definitely have taken us to a new level

  • Andy T

    May 29, 2007 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #14

    Lee, I hope Big Sam will be thinking along the lines of Man U, Milan and Barcelona. I’ll take a pass on the Chelsea and Real Madrid examples as they are both examples of how to waste millions that could have been better spent on improving the squad. Man U, Milan and Barcelona are all examples of teams that are willing to spend good money on a player that is worth it, but give up the chase when the prices are no longer reasonable. I think that is also one of the reasons why they are (or possibley a factor of them being) clubs which have good team spirits.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 29, 2007 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Andy T – we hope that Sam will not overpay – he certainly seems to like a good bargain – and created many at Bolton – he may be perfect under Ashley.


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