Sam Needs Both Short Term and Long Term Plans at Newcastle

Sam Allardyce has again talked openly with the Evening Chronicle about his job – and as usual Big Sam is very frank and down to earth.
Sam is adamant about long term structures having to be put in place at the club – and we are all for that.


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It will also take short term plans for victory – because as Sam readily admits – if he starts to lose too many games he will get a lot attention from the Newcastle hierarchy – which he doesn’t want.

This is what Allardyce told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle this morning:

“”My job relies on winning football matches at first-team level. “So I will adjust everything accordingly to make sure every game we go out and play and give myself enough time.
“The only time I will get is by winning football matches, not losing them – I know that I won’t get any time if I lose them. “I will then be a casualty like everybody else has been a casualty over the past few years.
“I know the responsibility and I know the only way to make the time I need is to get the results everyone wants as quickly as we can. “But it cannot always happen. The long-term and the growth of the club is what need to be tackled now.”

But we’ve got to do both – we need to start winning games – there’s no doubt about that – because if we say lose three of the first four games (heaven forbid) there will be all kinds of reports about Sam not being up to the job (you’ve seen it all before) and there’ll likely be a clamor for a new manager.
This probably happens at Newcastle more than any other club – especially the last 10 years when Shepherd has been Chairman – when we’ve had six managers.

The only real success we had under Shepherd was when Bobby Robson was in charge.
At the same time we have to be looking at the future by bringing in a couple of youngsters who look good – (like we did with Milner and N’Zogbia) but will probably not be first team players until a year or two.
The Youth System must continue to be nurtured – and we seem to have a good structure in place for that. Reserve team games have to become more important for the up and coming players. That’s why Sam is thinking of holding the reserve team games at St. James’ Park – or at least some of them.
Sam continued:

“”Everyone wants instant success but this is a recipe for disaster.
“In fact, the club has been a disaster in terms of success in the last 10 seasons, and if you want that you aren’t going to get that from me.
“There is too much to do to have instant success here, even if we spent £100M.
“We have to put in completely new ideas and a complete new structure behind the scenes and then you have to sell this to the players which takes time.”

Not much really to disagree with Sam there – other than he’s a realistic – which we knew.

No real news today on any of our signings – unfortunately. The two defenders we are hoping to bring in – David Rosehnal and Tal Ben Haim are still to decide – David between Newcastle and Borussia Dortmund and Tal Ben Haim between Newcastle and Chelsea.

There seems little progress to report on tying up the Barton deal with Manchester City either – and we are in a battle with Bolton for the Turkish 27 year old winger Gokdeniz Karadeniz – who is on sale for ₤1M. We think he would be a good buy.

If only we can tie up these four players we’d be flying.

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5 comments so far

  • bob

    Jun 13, 2007 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #1

    damn i wanted them to win the league this season 😛 oh well 2nd place will do me

  • Josh

    Jun 13, 2007 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Whoever we bring in, we will be a patchwork team. It is not going to work if we do not play Taylor as first choice, with at least one other curent Newcastle player in defense.
    I have the horrible feeling we might start the season badly as it will be the first time half our team has played competitively for the club, but I dont beleive even a bad performance can be blaimed upon the manager. We just need to give him time. We never give people time here, it really has a negative impact on the team as well.
    If Bramble wasn’t slated from day one we might have had a decent player etc.


  • Andreas

    Jun 13, 2007 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Well, we’re not know to give our managers much slack, are we? And I fear that a few bad results will start the usual “get a new manager cries” both from fans and board level.

    However, I sincerly hope that we for once can realise that a good and successful team isn’t built over one summer. The best example must be Man Utd who didn’t impress anyone during Fergusons first few years but since then the stability and long term building really have paid off.

    Of course we all want instant success and who would mind a tiny cup success next year, but the most important thing with the new regim at the helm must be some stability and time to build a solid base (team wise, club infrastructure and club management) in order to become a force that continuously can challange for top honours year in year out.

  • John75

    Jun 13, 2007 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #4

    On one hand, very sensible talk. All we can realistically hope for next season is to finish in the top six, get into Europe and progress from there. A very decent cup run in one of the domestic competitions is also essential.
    On the other hand, Sam appears to be making excuses already, before his players have even kicked a ball. Any fan with any knowledge knows that he needs time (probably 3 or 4 seasons) to make us anything like title challengers again. It is only the idiot fans and sections of the press that seem to put pressure on our managers to deliver straight away.
    I for one, am prepared to sit through some more sh**e and poor results while Sam puts whatever structures he needs to into place.
    As long as we beat the Mackems and Smoggies. That is a must for any Toon Manager!

  • Soren

    Jun 13, 2007 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #5

    John75 – Agreed! As long as we beat the mackems and smoggies, we can patient with our progress towards the top.


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