Sam Allardyce Speaks of His Massive Job at Newcastle United


Big Sam Allardyce has been talking again to Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle – 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 – but most of all to his common sense approach to the job.

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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 – 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 don’t think Sam accepts the view that you need to wait for players.

Here’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 – but he may make his first signing before that as there is common agreement that Mark Viduka has decided to join Newcastle – on a free transfer.

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Mark Viduka – Is that Peter Crouch?

We think that’s a good deal and as always – Sam will get the very best out of Viduka.

We would assume it’s a 2 year deal – which is what he turned down from Middlesbrough – at the last minute – to accept Newcastle’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.



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5 comments so far

  • Sean Green

    May 31, 2007 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #1

    I am pleased to see Big Sam at Newcastle; he commands respect, knows how to wheel and deal if necessary (though it will be good to see how we progress when he has a decent budget!!) and certainly gets the best out of players. More than anything he needs to be given time to build solid foundations that will last and not ‘quick fixes’.

    We have had many big name players in the past who have been prima donnas and not worthy of wearing the shirt (Marcelino, Viana, Luque). Let us see Sam build a TEAM who are proud to wear the shirt!!!!

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  • Ebol

    May 31, 2007 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #2

    In my opinion, Allardyce is more important to Newcastle’s success than Ashley. At the moment, Mourinho is more powerful in Chelsea than Abrahamovic. That was proved last season and the reason is that Chelsea’s success was more because of Mourinho than Abrahamovic. The best thing Abrahamovic did was to hire Mourinho in the first place. Allardyce will succeed at Newcastle with or without funds and although Ashley’s takeover will be a great thing for the club, the most crucial thing was finally hiring a good manager. I’m as pleased that the Fat Controller’s leaving as anyone but you have to admit, signing Big Sam was a coup and I’ll always be grateful to him for that.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 31, 2007 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #3

    good comments !!

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  • Fazz

    May 31, 2007 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #4

    Fat Controller!!

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  • Fazz

    May 31, 2007 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Though I agree with what you(Ebol) said. Fat Controller?? Dosebag

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