Sam Allardyce, Newcastle’s new manager has given People Sport an extensive interview on what it will take to turn Newcastle United into a club challenging for the top. Unfortunately for Newcastle fans Sam thinks it will take a few years â€“ at best.
We’ll take a look at what Sam has to say and try to fathom out what it means to Newcastle and their fans.
Sam Allardyce – Success at Last?
Sam Allardye told People Sport today:
“There is no magic wand I can wave.
“We have to accept that we are not quite as good as we think we are. I need time and I need patience and I need support from everyone at the club – and I will especially need support from the fans.
“The bottom line is that the club has not lived up to its expectations for many years now. The closest to bringing it to the level expected was Bobby Robson. But the club has not got to where people think it should be.
“We have to keep it low-key. We can’t just go out there and say if we don’t finish in the top six it’s a miserable season. “It took Sir Alex Ferguson, the best in the world, five years to bring success on a regular basis.
“Clubs who keep their managers longest have more success than those that change their managers on a regular basis. I would hope that I would get those five years. If I am here for five years it would mean I have got what I want and the club has got what it wants – that is a successful business on and off the field. Panic buys are the worst thing you can do.”
Well there’s two ways to look at that. Clubs that keep managers the longest may be because their managers are successful â€“ that was certainly true in Newcastle’s case. To say that because we kept Keegan and Robson – and then they were successful – may be getting it the wrong way round. We kept them a long time because they were almost instantly successful. But we agree there can hardly be stability at the club when we keep changing our managers after a season or two – which Newcastle have done repeatedly.
“It’s not about the money, it’s about winning something and I hope most of the players who come here will be like that.”
“We have lost points and millions of pounds because of injuries at this club,”
“The training ground was a squash club. It doesn’t suit what you need to deliver with a group of highly talented individuals at this level.
“We have to make it suit us and we are adjusting it now to accommodate what I need to do to make the players grow. All computers at the training ground now will be scrapped and thrown in the bin and we will bring in a much higher level of technology.”
Certainly the way Sam is recruiting good players for small fees (and free transfers) says that you can build a good team with little funding – which he continually did at Bolton. Also when the training ground at Little Benton was opened a few years back we were told it was a world class center â€“ well guess not. But we like Sam’s plan to reinvent the facilities at Little Benton and are all for his scientific approach to the game. His ex-players say the system Sam uses is frighteningly accurate – and he will take no nonsense from any player about using the system. If they are sceptical about it they are out. At the very least we can now see who really contributes to the team during these games.
“Keeping information about what you do and how you do it through that technology is a massive part of helping players improve their performances and making a team more successful.”
” I have won championships and promotion and been successful as a player, but never won the Carling Cup or FA Cup.
“As a manager I have grown. Now at St James’ Park I can achieve something I have never done before – win a trophy.
“But it will take time.”
It will be difficult for fans to be patient after so many years of frustration. However, Sam is being sensible and sometimes we fans can be far too optimistic about Newcastle – and that may be a huge understatement .
However, we are already seeing Sam make huge positive changes in the way the club is to be run â€“ and at least on this site we are more and more impressed with what he has done and what he wants to do. But Newcastle need to have some type of success – even limited – in the short term. That would be by competing in each game in the Premiership. Last season too many players didn’t turn up mentally for games and we often looked hopeless. We expect Sam to quickly change that mind set â€“ and hope we can have a solid season. Then next summer’s transfer dealings will be even more exciting than is happening right now â€“ and that’s exciting enough.
As Sam says we have to build the success at Newcastle together – we’re all for that.