Big Sam Allardyce has been talking again to Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle â€“ and we are starting to see that whenever Bug Sam speaks he says something useful and interesting.
Certainly from the comments we have received on this site from the Newcastle fans – they seem to be warming up quickly to the new manager and his aggressive approach in the transfer market â€“ but most of all to his common sense approach to the job.
Smiling Sam Allardyce Meets the Press
We must say we find it a breath of fresh air that Sam is bringing in new players quickly – after Shepherd and Roeder kept telling us last year that generally players were not available till August â€“ and often not until the end of August. Then they both screwed up on the last day when three players turned us down – including Mark Viduka – who looks to be joining us imminently.
We donâ€™t think Sam accepts the view that you need to wait for players.
Hereâ€™s what Sam had to say today to Lee Ryder of the Chronicle today.
“It’s huge time in my life. I’ve made a massive decision.
“If a manager can be comfortable, I was probably in the most comfortable job in the game at Bolton, with the fantastic support I had over the years.
“I repaid that and now I’ve made that big decision to challenge myself, and hopefully I can live up to the challenge at Newcastle United with the right support from the fans and everybody at the club.”
“As big as the challenge is, I’m looking forward to it.
“It’s a massive job and a massive football club.
“In recent years it hasn’t got the success it’s wanted, and it’s my job to bring that success
Look for Sam to be behind his new desk at Newcastle this coming Monday â€“ but he may make his first signing before that as there is common agreement that Mark Viduka has decided to join Newcastle â€“ on a free transfer.
Mark Viduka – Is that Peter Crouch?
We think thatâ€™s a good deal and as always â€“ Sam will get the very best out of Viduka.
We would assume itâ€™s a 2 year deal â€“ which is what he turned down from Middlesbrough – at the last minute – to accept Newcastleâ€™s offer.
Mark is currently in his native Australia but has agreed by telephone to the deal.
We ran a piece on this news earlier this morning.
Comments always welcome.