Steve Howey Talks About Sam’s Methods and Motivational Qualities

Steve Howey, Newcastle’s 35 year old former center back – who was born in Sunderland (of all places) – has been talking to the Evening Chronicle about Sam Allardyce and his methods.

After playing for Newcastle from 1989-2000 Steve went on to play for Manchester City, Leicester City, Bolton Wanderers, New England Revolution (in America’s MLS) and Hartlepool United. He became manager of Crook Town last September.


Steve Howey at Leicester City in 2003

Steve is still popular in Newcastle and was a prime example of how good Newcastle‘s Youth Academy was back in the late 80s when he first broke into the side, along with other youngsters such as Steve Watson, Robbie Elliott and Lee Clark – who is now at the club as Reserve Team Coach. Howey played 191 appearances fro Newcastle and scored 6 goals. He was also selected for England 4 times and went on to make a total of 302 appearances and scored 18 goals in his career. While Steve only played for Bolton 3 times in 2004 he nevertheless is well acquainted with Sam’s training methods and motivational qualities – and this is what he had to say today to the Chronicle.

“All three of the North East teams are back in the Premiership now and that adds a lot of spice for next season.
“It will be great next season and I am looking forward to it.”

“I played under Sam at Bolton and there is nobody who works more thoroughly in terms of getting the most out of players. “He gets people in a tip-top position to play and he is a great motivator. “He treats the lads like men. He will get the best out of the players, which hasn’t been done in recent years.

“He is a fan of Pro Zone, where each player gets assessed. “You have your own program and you know what you have to do. “You have somebody to work with on the fitness side so you can get the most out of your body.

“It all means when you cross that white line you are in the best physical condition.””I hope the new owners come in and are prepared to spend money. “Have no doubt about it Freddy Shepherd has never been shy with the money even though he gets a lot of stick.”

Those words from Steve auger well for how our players will be fit and ready for the new season – not only fit but hopefully extremely motivated for each and every game – what a difference that will be next season!

Where’s my boots !!

Comments always welcome.

4 comments so far

  • Aaron D

    Jun 5, 2007 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed – can you post a blog about forgien buys that have been successful at NUFC, cause all i here is forgien big buys are not worth it and mainly waste, i know Viana, Marcelino etc, but there have been successes as well, Ginola for example.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 5, 2007 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Aaaron D – yes – will work on it and have it for tomorrow – thanks for the idea.

  • Andy T

    Jun 5, 2007 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #3

    I’d put Oli Bernard in the success categoy first time round and the failure category second time :o)
    Nobby – Two successes – and a failure for selling him in the first place.
    Tino – big success
    Emre – I think is a success
    Laurent Robert – hmmmmmmm.
    Phillipe Albert
    N’Zogbia – could be
    Dabizas – bit of a Bramble, but certainly gave his all for the club.

    Another idea – best Geordie to have played for Newcastle
    My top five would probably be
    Alan Shearer
    Paul Gascoine
    Peter Beardsley
    Chris Waddle
    Lee Clark

  • Hammy

    Jun 5, 2007 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Referring to ze old Foreign imports I would take Dabizas any day…….fair enough he may have had the odd gaff but he was the nearest thing to a greek geordie we ever had……a 110% man who always gave his best. Also did we get rid of Jon Dahl to quick, he always looked useful if not very pacy…….
    I think we bought too many players off their career high light video tapes without anybody actually see them play, how about getting an Arsenal style scouting network…….Food for thought………anyway has the takeover stalled or what.


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