Things are starting top take some shape with Allardyce about to bring in the first players in the new era with Sam Allardyce as manager.
Sam has been talking again to the Evening Chronicle and we’ll bing you that interview – plus who it looks like we’ll be bringing in – and shipping out – if we are reading the tea leaves correctly.
Sam is again speaking a lot of common sense today as he talked to the Evening Chronicle about Newcastle and the squad:
“I know first and foremost I can give myself as much time as I need by winning football matches. “I can’t come into this job and not think that’s the main priority.
“To win football matches you’ve got to build a strong culture, structure and team behind the scenes, and a strong team on the pitch.”That does take time.
“Obviously, I’ll shall need some time and a little bit of patience. Sometimes from the fans, sometimes from everybody who works at the club.
“We’ve got some excellent and very talented players already at the club.”
“It’s a place some players don’t find comfortable, and we’ve got to make sure we find the players that are comfortable with that type of atmosphere and it brings the best out of them.
“We’ve got a lot here already, and we’ve just got to make sure we give them a little bit more guidance, a little bit more organization and a bit more belief so we can start turning things around early next season.
“I’ve inherited hugely talented players and I’ve just got to try and guide them and give them the support that they need, leaving no stone unturned so they can be best prepared as they possibly can and give their best every time they run out for Newcastle United.”
It looks like Ben Haim and Derek Boateng will be the first to come â€“ but sorting through the rumors there are other players we think he will eventually bring in â€“ and some he must let go â€“ to make room in the squad.
- Defenders Coming In – Ben Haim (free) , Baines (â‚¤5M)
- Midfielders Coming In â€“ Boateng, (<â‚¤1M), Barton (â‚¤5M?)
- Forwards Coming Inâ€“ Either Viduka (free), Gudjohnsen (â‚¤8M) or Crouch (â‚¤10M)
We think he will let go at least two of our current midfielders – with Scott Parker looking to go to join Alan Curbishley at West Ham – where we could possibly get 23 year old Nigel Reo-Coker in part exchange.
We feel Dyer or Emre will also be let go – probably Dyer – to join his friend Jermaine Jenas at Tottenham.
Hopefully we should be able to get around â‚¤14M for Dyer and Parker – although â‚¤7M for Dyer may be wishful thinking.
Other players we like are right back Luke Young (â‚¤2M?) of Charlton and Curtis Davis (â‚¤10M?) of West Bromich Albion.
Hopefully, weâ€™ll get some news before the end of the week about our new players.
Let’s have your comments on this – who would you like to see come in – and go?