Sam Allardyce has talked at length again to Paul Gilder of the Journal during yesterday’s first training session at our squash club at Little Benton. As always we will look at what Sam has to say and make comments.
We feel this is one of the very ways to get to the truth about what is going on at the club â€“ and Sam’s talks are always interesting, down to earth â€“ and he tells it as it is.
Sam met several members of his first-team squad for the first time yesterday and will spend the next couple of weeks creating various relationships and outlining his plans for Newcastle’s future. During that time he will be looking at who to appoint as Newcastle’s captain for next season. If anyone is unhappy at his training methods or future plans we assume they will be moved on before the end of the transfer window in August.
The former Bolton boss has told his players to seize the opportunities offered to them:
â€œWhatever happened last year has gone,â€ â€œIt was last year and it has been forgotten, whether it was good, bad or indifferent. It doesnâ€™t matter. Itâ€™s a new era and a new start for me and for them.
I hope that they can show me how good they are and we can start forging a new relationship to help Newcastle United do better next season than in the previous ones.â€
Four players will miss the trip to Stegersbach in Austriaâ€“ injured Steven Taylor and Damien Duff, Mark Viduka (with Australia) and James Milner (resting following his European Under-21 campaign and his 60 games for the club last season). Also David Rozehnal and Joey Barton will head straight to the training camp and Sam hopes Geremiâ€™s deal is completed in time for him to also participate.
Sam went on:
â€œWe will have a week of conditioning work, but more importantly we have a week getting to know each other,â€ â€œAll the mobile phones will be switched off for a week so there will be no distractions because the most important thing is that we spend the week getting to know each other.
Looks like the players will not know what to do with themselves without their cell phones. Hey â€“ maybe they will really start to listen to Sam, his training staff – and what he wants them to do next season. Very good move by Sam – who continued:
“We will be totally focused on attempting to build for a new season and trying to get everyone to buy into new ideas. We will be providing as much information as we can in order to get people fit and mentally tuned in for August 11 (when Newcastle open their Premier League campaign at Bolton).
â€œThe difficulty (so far) has been that there have been very few people on the football side around because people have a short window to take the holidays needed to recharge their batteries. â€œFirst and foremost, I need to speak to everyone on the football front. That is something I will have a chance to do in Austria and Iâ€™m looking forward to getting out there and starting the job in earnest.â€
Sam looks to be the consummate expert in man-management and we would expect him to be one-on-one with players at various times during his time in Austria. It really does seem a great way for Sam and his staff – not only to get to know each player – but also let them understand how he sees them fitting into his future plans at Newcastle.
Our feeling is that when the players return from working with Sam – in about 10 days – there could be a certain levitation with the players. That’s Sam’s job â€“ to convince the squad â€“ not only that they are good enough â€“ but that the Newcastle football club can have a very good season coming up.
Roll on August 11th â€“ but even before that – roll on the arrival of the rest of Sam’s transfer targets.
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