Two of Sam’s key back-room staff at Bolton, Mark Taylor and Mike Forde look set to join Newcastle in the near future.
Mark Taylor is expected to be appointed Newcastleâ€™s Head of Sports Science very soon. Mike Forde â€“ former Performance Director at Bolton â€“ who turned down an improved contract from them in May â€“ is also looking to join Sam’s revolution at Newcastle.
Newcastle Boss Sam Allardyce
Newcastle of course have never had any such back-room infrastructure before – but the board is ready to back Allardyceâ€™s methods 100% after it was so successful for him at Bolton. It also seems like the lure of joining Sam again – and building a new infrastructure from scratch at Newcastle – is just too much for Taylor and Forde to turn down and both will join Sam at Newcastle shortly.
New Newcastle Vice-Chairman Chris Mort mentioned both Allardyce and Ashley yesterday when he said:
â€œI have worked closely with Mike Ashley on the acquisition of Newcastle but Mike does not necessarily look to be high-profile.
“He prefers to do much of his work beneath the radar. I will be taking a leave of absence from my usual job to devote myself to Newcastle United on a full-time basis in the initial months.
â€œWe want to get stuck into the club to move it forward.
â€œWe are very optimistic about the future here at Newcastle, especially with a manager of Sam Allardyceâ€™s caliber at the club.â€
It seems to be full steam ahead now to get behind Sam Allardyce – both on the playing side and in building up his staff at Newcastle. Chairman Shepherd and Vice-Chairman Mort have obviously been given instructions to fully back Allardyce and get these items moving at full speed.
You have to wonder how Sam feels about all of this – since he got the job at Newcastle it’s been an incredible six weeks for him and the club – and he ends up getting a transfer kitty of Â£50M. This for a man who for eight years at Bolton had to get by on almost no funding. How things can change – but in our view fully deserved for a manager like Allardyce.
Well – in closing – the pace of things is certainly picking up at the club – and we like that.
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