Allardyce Wants To Win Trophy in First Season at Newcastle

Sam Allardyce has revealed some of the priorities he has for next season – including trying to win a trophy in his first season at Newcastle. Sam talked to Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle.

As we often do – we’ll take a look at what Sam has to say and make some of our own comments and analysis.


Sam Allardyce

Sam told Lee Ryder today:

“At this club the priority is the Carling and FA Cup as well as finishing as high as we can in the Premiership. “Hopefully, we’ll have the squad to do it. “We have no distractions of Europe this year, so it means we can go all guns blazing in the Carling and FA Cups. “And for me they are the shortest route to European qualification. If you win the Carling Cup, you are in Europe.

“Of course we want to finish as high as we can, but to get a cup means a UEFA Cup place, which is very important here. In years gone by people have dismissed the Carling Cup too easily. “I have been accused of that in the past at Bolton – but my agenda at Bolton was different to here. “I had to keep Bolton in the Premier League and doing what the board of directors instruct you to do is the most important thing.

“Priorities have to come into play. “If you have a small squad that you know will find life difficult in the Premiership, then you can ill afford to go into the cups with all guns blazing.”

Certainly it’s a good point Sam makes a point in saying our non-qualification for Europe this year is an advantage. As well as being positive he’s right – because we will have a lot fewer games and can really concentrate on progressing as far as possible in the two cups we will enter. We’ll also be able to concentrate on the league games – and hopefully finish at least in the top eight this season – top six would be an excellent first season for Sam.

Sam went on:

“I would like to win something because I know how much it would mean to the United fans. “I know how long it has been since they won anything, and I am exactly the same.

“I came into the game in 1969 and never won a major trophy as a player or up until now as a manager. “But I would love to do that as soon as possible.”

Sam has had some success in the cup when he took unfashionable Bolton to the Carling Cup in Cardiff – when they lost 2-1 to Middlesbrough in the 2004 final. He has also twice steered the Lancashire club into European competition.

Reflecting on losing out in the last game of the Carling Cup in 2004 Sam said:

“It was one of the worst days of my life. It was the best chance of winning a trophy for any club in a final when you look at the way the teams were balanced. “It was a great experience getting there, but the only thing I really enjoyed was having my grandson as mascot.

“The experience of losing in a final was bad, but going to the final is something I would like to do again – and this time make sure we win it.

“At Bolton somewhere along the line there had to be a sacrificial lamb, and that was the early stages of the cups. “Now because of the emergence of Chelsea, it has rekindled the interest of the Carling Cup. “Everyone wants to win it, but most people want to stay in the Premiership.”

Sam doesn’t have that problem at Newcastle – since the club wants to win a trophy – any trophy – as soon as possible. Newcastle have not won any home trophy since the dizzy days of the 1950s when we won the FA Cup three times in five years – 1951 (beat Blackpool – with Stanley Matthews 2-0), 1952 (beat Arsenal 1-0) and 1955 (beat Manchester City with Don Revie 3-1).

A Carling Cup victory next year would do us very nicely – and put Sam forever in the annals of Newcastle United forever – as the man who brought a trophy to Newcastle after almost a 40 year drought.

We hope it’s the first of many – go for it Sam!

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Nick

    Jul 7, 2007 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Actually the team has always had the necessary players to challenge even for Europe. The only thing lacking … the missing piece all along was having the right manager … It is possible that Big Sam may be the person needed to bring the club to the next level. Well the only way to find out will be the very first game of the season, how the team plays would be important. A poor showing means that there is still much the be done and that any trophies are unlikely. A commanding performance would mean that Big Sam has everything under control and the possibility of winning one of the cups and Europe would be possible.

  • WelshWizard

    Jul 7, 2007 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Carling Cup would do for me but dont all our new managers say this?? I rate him and think we are going to be stronger than we have been for a few years, here’s hoping he can…

  • WelshWizard

    Jul 7, 2007 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #3

    You cant base what our whole season will be like on the 1st game. BSA may bring in that many new faces that they wont of gelled by the 1st game but over weeks or months could turn out to be a great winning Cup team, remember the FAC dont start till Jan08…

  • Secretzone

    Jul 7, 2007 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #4

    yes carling cup should be a wonderful cup to start off with. And the fact is tat we have yet to win the carling cup before in our history! so go for it!

  • Chris

    Jul 7, 2007 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #5

    I think BSA can do it. I know the unofficial Geordie Motto is “We’ll get them next year” but I think in Big Sam’s term as Manager a trophy will be coming our way. Now is the Carling Cup a possibility? Sure you saw how far Watford made it in the F.A Cup last season. Anything can happen. Look how far we made it in the UEFA Cup last season before being knocked out. And we still had TITUS BRAMBLE ON OUR TEAM!!! Thats cup worthy in and of itself


  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 7, 2007 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Welsh-Wizard – yes they do – but wouldn’t it be great if Sam delivers in his first season – we should have a very solid squad come August 9th – but the sooner we get the rest of the new players in the better.

  • evil dick

    Jul 8, 2007 at 3:33 AM

    Comment #7

    My dream would be for Newcastle to win the FA cup, I would even prefer that over finishing 4th. Imagine the FA cup with black and white ribbons on it!

  • Shaun

    Jul 8, 2007 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #8

    If big Sam can bring us a cup I’ll be more than happy, but one other thing he needs to ensure happens, WE BEAT SUNDERLAND

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 8, 2007 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Shaun – yes – first things first. 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 8, 2007 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #10

    evil dick – we’ve been imagining that one for decades – yes that would be something – if we did win and did reasonably well in the league next year – say even in top 6 – can you imagine the excitement next year at this time in Newcastle?

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 8, 2007 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #11

    Chris – if Sam can get say 2-3 more top defenders in the summer our squad for next year will be strong – better than last couple of seasons – and we’ll have Sam driving the best out of every player – and hopefully will cut down on the injuries – so anything is possible.


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