Taylor And Forde Joining Sam’s Newcastle Revolution

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 Newcastle’s Head of Sports Science very soon. Mike Forde – former Performance Director at Bolton – who turned down an improved contract from them in May – 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 Allardyce’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:

“I 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.
“We want to get stuck into the club to move it forward.
“We are very optimistic about the future here at Newcastle, especially with a manager of Sam Allardyce’s caliber at the club.”

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 £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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