Newcastleâ€™s manager Sam Allardyce admits that since he came to Newcastle he has adjusted his attitude in the transfer market and is now able to go after bigger targets than he could at Bolton.
But he does say today that Newcastle cannot always pay players what they want.
We find this a rather odd statement â€“ so letâ€™s take a look at exactly what Sam said.
Sam Allardyce – Odd Statement
When Sam was at Bolton he had to bring in five or six players a year â€“ and they only scouted players they could afford – but at Newcastle the types of players he can bring in is expanded greatly. It seems that all the players Bolton scouted when he was there – are now legitimate targets for a side like Newcastle â€“ because we definitely can afford what Bolton could afford.
This is what Sam said on this today – plus some lingering thoughts he had on the Ben Haim affair:
“I don’t think there are any more names being thrown at us because when I was at Bolton we always needed to secure five players or more a season,”
“But we scouted the players at Bolton we could afford, some of the players we are looking at for Newcastle simply weren’t in their price range. We had a vast scouting network at Bolton which we put to good use, but the size of the player we’re going for at Newcastle is much bigger. They have a very good record already.”
“The main focus was on Ben Haim and I did as much as I possibly could, but it looks like we have unfortunately lost out to Chelsea. It’s not my first frustration in the transfer market since I came to Newcastle, we just don’t publicize what we haven’t got because I don’t think that’s right. It’s not important who we’ve missed out on, it’s important who we bring in.
“The disappointment for me is how long I worked with Tal after bringing him into the Premiership three years ago. He was out of contract and he would have been good value. Everybody needs to pay what they can and we can’t pay people the sort of money that is floating around all the time.”
Maybe what Sam was meaning with that last sentence is that Newcastle will not always pay players what they demand in wages. That is different because we all know that players are becoming more greedy than ever with the amount of money now being poured into the game worldwide.
It also appears to us that Newcastle were unwilling to pay Ben Haim what he wanted â€“ if we read between the lines.
So it looks plain that the Israeli did go after the bigger wages at Chelsea â€“ even though he will not play many games for them.
Newcastle are going to have to pay up big wages for class players â€“ (as we did for Michael Owen – though that’s hardly a good example) – otherwise we simply will not get great players to come to Newcastle.
It just seems to us a rather strange statement to make with Ashley coming in â€“ but maybe Allardyce doesnâ€™t have the funds right now.
We thought he had around â‚¤20M – which Shepherd had promised him before Ashley came onto the scene.
We’ll have to wait until near the end of the month when Ashley should have over 75% of the Newcastle shares – and will be able to give a little more guidance on his plans for Newcastle.
Finally, we do hope that Sam continues to build up Newcastleâ€™s scouting network â€“ which Roeder started – and apparently was almost non-existent last year.
This is one thing we need at a club like Newcastle â€“ along with a good youth system.
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