For the first time it looks like Sam is getting just a little frustrated with the new owners – in their perceived slowness to move after Sam’s targets in the transfer market.
While Sam fully understands the owners have got to understand what’s going on with these transfers – the delays seem to have caused us to lose out on some of the players Sam has been pursuing.
It’s obvious Sam is not a patient man when it comes to moving for transfer targets.
This is what Sam told the Journal today:
â€œI wouldnâ€™t say the takeover harmed us in the transfer market, just stalled us slightly because of the huge transfer of responsibility,â€ â€œYou have to try to be patient and unfortunately Iâ€™m not a very patient man at this time of year.
â€œWeâ€™ve had a complete change-around at the club and they (the new owners) donâ€™t quite understand if you donâ€™t move quickly you can get lost. It is a frustration but an understandable one. While we got off to a sprint start (in the transfer market), weâ€™re only jogging at the minute.
“Other people are catching up and overtaking us. Before everyone got back in training you could move relatively comfortably in the transfer market, now targets are being nailed.”+
â€œThey (the owners) obviously need to know what is happening and are cautious but many targets are coming and going now and more and more people are moving in the transfer market.
“Some of our targets have gone. There will be plenty more coming up between now and August but we must move as quick as we possibly can.”
â€œBy the day now you can pick up the newspaper or put the TV on and somebodyâ€™s gone. Fulham have spent about Â£19m, Wigan have maybe gone past Â£10m, Tottenham are well into the twenties, Man United and Liverpool are well into the forties and everybody else is still spending as well.”
“There is a lot of money getting spent and Newcastle United does not want to get left behind because this is a very good squad which needs strengthening.â€
The Newcastle boss revealed he is working hard behind the scenes to change the new boardâ€™s thinking. Of the clubâ€™s current directors, only chairman Freddie Shepherd has worked in a similar job before and his current physical condition prevents him from getting fully involved with the transfer dealings.
Sam went on:
â€œI have to try to explain the necessity and priority of signings,â€ â€œThere are a lot of things the new owners have to get through and they have to look at the global side of it.”
“I donâ€™t have to do that, they do. It takes a huge amount of time to move into an investment of this size, I understand that, but from my point of view Iâ€™m trying to be the one that stays at the front and says my requirements are more important than anyone elseâ€™s.â€
Obviously the person that is working predominantly with Sam on the transfer front is Chris Mort – the new Deputy Chairmen at Newcastle. Chris is not a football person so he’s obviously on a steep learning curve. This is to be expected – but it does show Sam’s utter tenacity in trying to build a good squad at Newcastle before the season starts. It’s obvious that Sam must do well this coming season to keep his job next summer – whether that’s true or not we think that’s the way Sam is thinking.
And by his own admission Sam is not a patient man – but he has to balance the working relationship with Chris and the education he needs to impart to Chris – and unfortunately these are both happening at the same time. No doubt this is difficult for Sam – but that’s what happens after a massive takeover.
That’s the way things are right now – and it has to be upward and onward – and working together – for the good of the club. We still need to bring in four good players (defenders) before the transfer deadline comes – we think we’ll be just fine doing that.