Although everything has been quiet over the last two weeks – Sam Allardyce was again working his socks off to bring in four new players before the start of the season.
We know a lot of Newcastle fans are becoming frustrated with the perceived slow-down in signings â€“ especially because we are short of good defenders – but it’s certainly not because Big Sam has let up with his efforts.
Sam said today:
“Unfortunately, everything this week progressed to a certain level and has fallen on stony ground and I haven’t been able to pursue something to the full conclusion of actually bringing him in for a medical to try to finish off a transfer.“
“It has been an incredibly frustrating two weeks. It takes up a vast amount of my time because it is the most important thing for me to strengthen the squad we have at the moment, and particularly the defensive area.
“I’m building a very good backroom staff now and it’s increasing by the week.
“I can delegate to them to carry on with the players the huge amount of training and conditioning they need to get ready for the start of the season, and be with them when I can.
We haven’t heard much about the back-room signings â€“ only that Sam has been advertising for people – but from the comments above it looks like that part is going quite well. It is important for Sam to have a big staff to keep his players extra fit and to scout out players during the season â€“ something Newcastle have hardly ever done in the past â€“ if the truth be known. So it’s good that new staff people are arriving regularly. Sam then went on about his priorities right now – which is signing defenders:
“But really the main focus is to strengthen the squad as early as possible, and hopefully by August 11 we will have done that by three or four players.”
We have three weeks to go to the start of the season so if Sam is to bring in 4 new players â€“ which was always his aim – then it means they have to start arriving fairly quickly. News yesterday that Sam had bid Â£7M for a defender was seen to be good news by the fans â€“ we just don’t know who it is – but are assuming that news is true.
However, it does appear that Sam is aiming for the top drawer – as he has refused to go after Franck Queudrue and Luke Young â€“ who signed for Middlesbrough yesterday. Both have been available for quite a while so we have to assume they don’t fit the bill at Newcastle. Sam has his eyes on other defenders â€“ but we don’t know exactly know who these are.
Allardyce knows he needs a big break through shortly – and so do the fans.