Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce again talked to Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle yesterday and explained how his behind the scenes techniques works for players.
Also – now that the transfer window is open (June 1st) – we may see some of Sam’s new players coming into Newcastle.
Sam will be at his desk at Newcastle Monday morning.
This is what Sam said to lee Ryder in an interview yesterday:
“I don’t know how they (the current United players) live their lives now, but I’m sure they live very professionally. “But there are one or two things that we think are unique in what we developed over the past seven or eight years that have been extremely successfully for the Bolton players, no matter how young or old they are.
“The Gary Speeds of this world are testament to that – he’s still playing a high level of Premiership football at 37.
“Some of the younger players like Kevin Nolan and Nicky Hunt have played at England Under-21 level.
“Then, of course, there are some of the foreign players we’ve brought in over the years where people have suggested they’re mercenaries and only came for the big bucks and to take it easy.
“But the likes of Youri Djorkaeff, Fernando Hierro, Ivan Campo, El-Hadji Diouf and Nicolas Anelka have produced magnificent results.”
“To grow the playing squad and behind-the-scenes staff is going to be very important in maintaining whatever success we might get,”
“If I can get those types of things in place – working with the players I’ve already got here at Newcastle – then it’s only going to help them get better.”
We have to assume players like Nicky Butt (and even Stephen Carr?) will really thrive under Big Samâ€™s leadership and if he does bring in Mark Viduka from Middlesbrough â€“ you have to believe Mark will start to shine again â€“ especially because he was so good at the end of last season for Middlesbrough.
The transfer window is now open so we should be seeing some players coming into the club. One of those could be Joey Barton â€“ who talked yesterday about his move away from Manchester City – to a close friend.
“I just want my future sorted – and it’s now between Newcastle and West Ham where I will be next season.” “At this moment I haven’t been given permission to speak to anybody.
“But, having played for Manchester City, I’d find it hard to go to a club without an equally passionate support.
“What Sam Allardyce achieved at Bolton without a big budget was fantastic.
“Newcastle United are a big club and who knows what he can achieve there? The future looks very exciting.”
That to us sounds like Joey is very keen on a potential move to Newcastle. If Big Sam wants him and has already proven he can handle personalities like El-Hadji Diouf and Nicolas Anelka - we’re pretty sure he will be able to handle Joey.
However, from the many comments on this site during the past week – Newcastle fans remain sceptical about bringing Barton in – because of his rather reckless reputation.
As far as Sam’s backroom staff goes – we expect Mike Forde, his Performance Director at Bolton, and Mark Taylor, their Director of Sport Science and Medicine – to join Newcastle shortly. Maybe they can do something for Barton(?). If we do sign Joey – we have to ensure he goes to anger management classes – at the very least.
Let’s know what you think – it’s looking like Barton is on his way – especially since West Ham just signed Parker from us.