Allardyce Frustrated by Newcastle Slowness with Transfers

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.


Sam Allardcye

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:

“I wouldn’t say the takeover harmed us in the transfer market, just stalled us slightly because of the huge transfer of responsibility,” “You have to try to be patient and unfortunately I’m not a very patient man at this time of year.

“We’ve had a complete change-around at the club and they (the new owners) don’t quite understand if you don’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), we’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.”+

“They (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.”

“By the day now you can pick up the newspaper or put the TV on and somebody’s gone. Fulham have spent about £19m, Wigan have maybe gone past £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.”

The Newcastle boss revealed he is working hard behind the scenes to change the new board’s thinking. Of the club’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:

“I have to try to explain the necessity and priority of signings,” “There are a lot of things the new owners have to get through and they have to look at the global side of it.”

“I don’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 I’m trying to be the one that stays at the front and says my requirements are more important than anyone else’s.”

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.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Steve

    Jul 17, 2007 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Sam needs to be allowed to bring in his new proposed signings NOW. We dont need repetitions of yesteryear when panic buys were brought in at the last minute at inflated prices. The way things are going, we will have to buy whats left. It doesnt look like a big name signing is coming in either. Since Sam arrived we have all enjoyed the momentum of the club going forward, lets not stop now like we have done in the past and restore the glory days once again

  • t-g-w

    Jul 17, 2007 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed do you know any more about this Barzagli? Sounds like quite a player. I know Sam wants Premiership experience but surely a move for Barzagli can’t go wrong? Reports suggest today that Sam has ruled him out but I don’t belive that as Sam has not mentioned Barzagli’s name directly…

  • James

    Jul 17, 2007 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #3

    whats happened to Deco and Gudjohsen Then???

  • Nick

    Jul 17, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Well I think there are players out there that Sam can sign. But the stumbling block is that he wants players with PL experience now that is going to cost him much more. Further, that would also reduce the chances of him getting anyone. Why not take a couple of the players from the Academy I am sure there are a number who are ready to go. What about Asia and Latin America good signings are possible. 😉

  • valle

    Jul 17, 2007 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #5

    T-G-W:… Sam has mentioned Andrea Barzagli directly, take a look at this:

    But whilst acknowledging an interest in the Italy international, Allardyce concedes he initially needs players with Premier League experience.

    “Overall this is a talented squad, but we must find some big, strong, experienced, quality defenders, preferably ones who have played in this country,” said Allardyce.

    “Barzagli is a very good player, but first and foremost I need one or two who know what English football’s all about.”

  • Arthur Prince

    Jul 17, 2007 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #6

    I have just looked at the 07/08 Squad numbers /players . So far it looks a very telented group of players at all ages . A few more class signings and it looks like BSA has enough at his disposal to provide a real threat to top 4 and europe qualification . If he can work his man management skills to the underperformers and get their motivation right ie Luque , NZogbia it will be like having 2 new signings .BSA does need a big squad though to contend with injuries (inevitable ) all the cups and the ability to keep a fresh squad in the latter part of the season when a good push confirms the top positions . Coupled with time to seek and recruit really top players when the Furore of this current transfer window settles down .

  • Arthur Prince

    Jul 17, 2007 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #7

    I still think Nicky Shorey and Leighton Baines are good enough players for the LB position . I suppose you have nothing on this area of concern ED ,have you ?

  • P.collins

    Jul 17, 2007 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #8

    It will be hard to tempt top class players to NUFC this season as we have no European football, but one defender this club could attract is CURTIS DAVIES how long before we make a bid or do we just wait to see him playing for Spurs. Come on SAM get your hand in your pocket!

  • jeff

    Jul 17, 2007 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #9

    I think we are getting mixed messages from the board and the manager…………Mort said only last week there was funds available for Sam….now sam is saying we are missing out and things are slow because of the takeover….so which one is it?Is there funds for sam or is sam taking too long to attract the players?

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 17, 2007 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #10

    t-g-w – Sam did say he wasn’t after the Galactigos – which I think he was referring to Cannavano and Ronaldinho – but not specifically Barzagli. Also think Sam’s target are more secretive than we realized – looks like a lot of the targets were made up by the press.
    Interesting to see if he likes Curtis Davies – Nigel Pearson of course was with him at WBA. We’ll probably do a few transfer updates – once we better understand who Sam is after – although that’s proving to be difficult right now 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 17, 2007 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #11

    Arthur – not at all – we think Shorey and Baines are both good and English – which helps. We would probably go for Shorey – but not both of them. No doubt we need an orthodox LB.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 17, 2007 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #12

    valle – i hadn’t seen that quote – it’s a god one – thanks. So he’s after proven players that he knows can handle the Premiership. Sam is also very knowledgeable on lots of players – we shouldn’t underestimate what he’s got cooking on the transfer front. Certainly he’s a go getter and just a little frustrated with things now – but hey – that’s OK – shows he’s very determined.

  • valle

    Jul 17, 2007 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #13

    No problem Ed… we really need a signing soon tho, to ease Sam, the players and the supporters. And i agree that if we are going after players that are proven in EPL, then we should get that LB in. There are plenty in EPL who could become available and who would make us allot better. Centre halves would be harder, i cant really think of anyone who is good enough or available.


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