Sam Allardyce is committed to getting the very best out of the squad he has inherited at Newcastle. Thatâ€™s good news because itâ€™s not since Bobby Robson was at the club that the best has been brought out of the players.
It will be a nice change to see all players giving their maximum for the team â€“ that has certainly been missing these last few years.
Big Sam at St. James’ Park
Big Sam will also bring in his team from Bolton to set up his scientific approaches he used so well at Bolton but Sam is also well aware that the only measurement of success in football are the results.
This is what he said to Lee Ryder of the Chronicle today:
“Part of my life as coach, not just as a manager, is to be tactically aware and able to suss out opposition.
“You have to use what resources you have to combat the opposition, even if they have bigger and better resources than you. “We spend a lot of time planning how we will play against teams.
“We might play the same system as they do but sometimes in a different way. “That will be to really nullify the opposition’s strengths and expose their weaknesses.
“That’s what I am all about.”
“I will have to check in the stand to see if I have got the right area to sit in without too many people listening in. “The language can get a bit blue now and again, and I don’t want to be upsetting any women or youngsters if they are around me.
“In the short term I will try to get upstairs in the first half and oversee from there. “We will have the right level of communication down to the bench and the right technology to use behind the scenes if I need to.”
So it looks like we’ll see Sam next to Shepherd or Ashley (or even someone else if Ashley appoints a new Chairman) once the season starts. Most of us hope it’s Ashley – and then the question will be – who will he be communicating with on the bench?
We would think it’s either Nigel Pearson or Neil McDonald – or even both of them.
Comments always welcome.