Allardyce Will Build Top Class Support System At Newcastle

United are ready to officially appoint former Middlesbrough coach Steve Round this week, but he has been recruited to work alongside former assistant manager Nigel Pearson as a first-team coach rather than replace him.

We had hoped that Pearson would stay because we think he’s an excellent coach – and it makes sense for the two of them to work hand in hand – though that’s never particularly easy.


New Coach Steve Round

Sam Allardyce had this to say this morning at the training complex (the squash court) at Little Benton:

“There’s a number of staff members here who have been here a while and know how the club works,” “They know what the demands of the club are. I can demand more than they’ve delivered in the past.

“If I can get that commitment, I can still move the club forward and wait for the right opportunities to get other members of staff to grow it and make it bigger and better. We will all pull in the same direction and learn from each other.

Over the last seven years, the staff have taught me as much as I’ve taught them and we’ve grown together and been successful at the previous club. That’s the model I want to bring to Newcastle.”

Allardyce had a back-room staff as large as 22 at Bolton Wanderers to help in all areas of recruitment, preparation and conditioning of the players. Sam wants to build a similar (and perhaps even more comprehensive) system at Newcastle. But sensible as ever – Sam has player signings as his main priority at the moment – and there are still a number of players he needs to sign. As usual Newcastle are being linked with multiple players.


Newcastle Boss Sam Allardyce

Newcastle are still pursuing Edmilson, Gudjohnsen, Beye, Young, Shorey and Hyypia – and we have already let seven players go – Moore, Bramble, Srnicek, Bernard, Onyewu, Sibierski and Parker. Babayaro is said to be surplus to requirements and just yesterday 19 year-old South African Matty Pattison does not see his future on Tyneside and has asked for a transfer.

To date we have brought in only four players – Viduka, Barton, Rozehnal and Geremi (for less than ₤11M) so we still need another 5-6 players just to keep the squad size the same as last year. The news last night was that the next player joining Sam’s revolution could be 29 year-old Marseilles defender and captain Habib Beye – who would be another good bargain – at around ₤2M. If all goes well we also expect Barcelona center-back Edmilson to be joining Newcastle on January 1st next year – but that deal is not yet done from what we can tell.

Sam went on:

“I’m pleased to work with the staff here. I’m looking to increase the operation to the level I had at Bolton over the last five or six years. “I have huge amount of confidence in that model and how it works. It has been hugely successful at my previous club and I’m looking to build that model here as quickly as I possibly can.

As with players, I’m looking for highly-qualified and ambitious people who can relate to football. That’s a rare commodity in the world of football now, it’s hard to find those people.

We’ve advertised the positions and there has been lots of interest. We’ve had lots of CVs that we’re working through as quickly as possible. I will be working behind the scenes to structure a series of interviews and get key people in place.”

As we mentioned in an earlier article yesterday Sam is raiding about one third of Bolton’s current staff and is close to completing packages to bring performance director Mike Forde and head of sports science Mark Taylor to Newcastle. Sam is building for the long term with both players and staff – we like that – and are convinced we’ll see the benefit of it in both the short term and the long term.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Tony_D

    Jul 3, 2007 at 4:56 AM

    Comment #1

    My only concern at the moment is 1/3 of Bolton staff and a bunch of reasonably cheap albeit good players, has SA set his sights high enough?

    Surely we should be looking to add a couple of £10 million + young world class players especially with the supposed transfer kitty Ashley is providing.

  • Stephen

    Jul 3, 2007 at 5:07 AM

    Comment #2

    I think Big Sam should buy cheap players.I trust him a 100 percent like people can talk about this is not Bolton we should aim higher for more top class players for like 10 million to 15 million well we did that before and look what it got us no where example Boumsong 8 million and we bought that Czech fela for 2.9 million who woud u prefer???It doesnt matter about the price because we all know Big Sam is trying to bring abit of stability to the club you look at Darren Bent for 16 million leave spurs go buy him because he aint worth that i bet Big Sam would get a player of his quailty for half that price.Also i wouldnt worry about the Bolton staff there are clas in terms of fintness and will help the injuries thay had not many injuries last season.

    Big Sam will build a great team he justs need abit of time as he said before it takes time look at Arsena Wenger he got the time and he has builded a very good team there.If we keep sacking managers we will never be succesful.

    About the transfers again who ever he brings in even a poor player we think he is i bet he will turn him into a very good player for the first time since Sir bobby Robson i think we could go places

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 3, 2007 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Let’s hope we can go places – been too long since we had some success under Bobby Robson.

  • steve

    Jul 3, 2007 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #4

    the sights for this season, ashley or no ashley, should be uefa cup qualification – and more importantly, stability. if sam can achieve that this season it will be a success. next season we can splash the cash on a solid bedrock.

    as most toon supporters i’m weary of big name signings and as stephen above i have tons more confidence in the signing of rozehnal than 8m boumsong.

    besides, joey barton is a huge signing of a star player… it’s just he was cheap.

  • Arthur Prince

    Jul 3, 2007 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #5

    Sir Bobby Robson should NEVER have been sacked . His wealth of knowledge would have stood us in good stead but that is in the past . However his presence in the club would have added a stature rare in Football clubs these days . I think BSA knows what he is doing and I agree totally that he needs time to move the club forward . Hopefully in big steps . So spend wisely and success will surely come . I do however expect top 6 this season and UEFA football at least next year . No Pressure then !!

  • Andy B

    Jul 3, 2007 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #6

    I Think BSA has it all to do, but if he can get players like Luque and N’Zogbia playing to their full ability, we can challendge anyone.


  • Andy T

    Jul 3, 2007 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #7

    I think now is not the time for the 10M-20M signings. Sam has not had a chance yet to work with the existing squad to fully asses their strengths and weaknesses. There’s some obvious areas such as the defence and right now Sam is bringing in enough good players at good prices to make sure we can have a sound squad that should be able to push for top 6. Sam has to contend with the relative un-attractiveness of Newcastle as nothing more than a premiership side. Sure there’s some reputation still associated with the name, but less than we’d like to imagine and with no European football this year why would a 10M rated player want to come here when there are about 20 other teams across Europe that he could play for that can offer a better standard of football next season. I would much prefer that Sam spent the next few weeks making sure we have a squad of players that know they need to prove they are worthy of a starting spot on a weekly basis and keep the kitty in reserve for January. If we are challenging for a European spot towards Christmas then we will be in a much better position to attract elite players.

  • Darren

    Jul 3, 2007 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #8

    Andy T..

    Spot on mate, some people think it is just a case of handing over 10-20 mil to get a great player in, they don’t realise that the player wouldn’t come here due to no Europe/success/weather/too far from London.

    CM has got a lot to answer for.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 3, 2007 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #9

    AndyT – great point – keep our ammunition dry till we see how we’re placed in January…then if we are anywhere near – go for it.


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