Sam Allardyce has talked at length with Luke Edwards of the Journal about the transfer situation at Newcastle.
Sam seems frustrated on a number of issues from the new board not moving fast enough, to having already missed out on a number of his targets.
Another issue concerning Sam is the reduction in talent available on the transfer market – as good players are being snapped up.
One reason Sam states players will not move to the club is that we cannot offer them European football next season.
Let’s take a look at what Sam said to the Journal today.
Sam Allardyce talked at length about the transfer situation at Newcastle United last night to Luke Edwards of the Journal:
â€œLike every manager at this stage, every day changes,â€ â€œYouâ€™re like a yo-yo. Itâ€™s a very emotional period. Just when you think youâ€™re getting somewhere and youâ€™re really up-beat, a crushing blow hits you that you didnâ€™t expect.â€ â€œItâ€™s like what happened to Joey Barton on Saturday. Now Kieron Dyer.â€
â€œThe changeover has been the biggest problem weâ€™ve had, of course. I understand that, because youâ€™ve got to find everything out about the new business, but you can get frustrated because it moves slower than youâ€™d like.â€
â€œI canâ€™t move any quicker than I am doing, but thereâ€™s lots of players weâ€™ve targeted and spoken to that have now been taken by other clubs, so the pot of high quality has reduced.â€ â€œThere are no longer other options with the same quality available.”
” Itâ€™s going to be more expensive to fill that void now.â€
Chris Mort – the newly appointed Newcastle Chairman – who now works day to day with Sam but still has a lot to learn about football matters – vowed yesterday that more players will be signed, albeit with some conditions applied.
Chris Mort said:
â€œWe have said throughout that the squad needs to be strengthened, particularly in defense,â€ â€œWe will not be throwing silly amounts of money around, but Sam and I are definitely in agreement that we need more signings.â€
Not sure if that’s good or bad but of course it depends what silly means – since it’s clear that we cannot keep picking up good players for Â£2M or Â£3M. Also the longer the transfer window goes on the more it will cost for good players – because of supply and demand forces.
Sam went on:
â€œWe are in the situation that Iâ€™m confident Iâ€™ll get the number of players we need, but Iâ€™m not sure about the quality,â€
â€œIâ€™ve been pessimistic all my life, because I was a defender, Iâ€™m full of pessimism, because one slip and itâ€™s your fault.” “Thatâ€™s how I was brought up.” â€œItâ€™s a very emotional period for a manager.
â€œThere is the possibility that you will secure one of the 10 or 15 players you have pursued in the last two weeks and you donâ€™t manage to get a single one of them.â€ â€œThe emotion is huge for a manager. You can only do what you can do. You get anxious about it and you worry about it, but Iâ€™m only a human being trying to do my best to improve the team.â€
â€œIf it doesnâ€™t work and it falls through for whatever reason and you canâ€™t salvage it, if they go somewhere else, you have to put it to bed and try and get on with the next one.” “They are at clubs who may not particularly want to sell and they have longer contracts. At the moment, itâ€™s a sellerâ€™s market, not a buyerâ€™s.â€
Sam is being brutally honest as usual – but it looks like his transfer dealings are definitely being adversely affected by not being able to offer European football to top players at Newcastle. It may be that to bring in the class we need – we may have to wait until next summer when hopefully we can offer top players European football and Newcastle will sufficiently have raised their image to be more attractive to top players.
Sam went on:
â€œThe level of player we have pitched for, the only thing they donâ€™t come for, is because we cannot give them European football,â€ “High quality players that are available will go to another club that is competing in the Champions League or the UEFA Cup.â€
â€œI was good at signing players at Bolton, but the market forces have changed.â€ â€œWe were able to get players who werenâ€™t on the schedule of other clubs and whose clubs wanted to discard them. Clubs had squads of 45 senior players and they couldnâ€™t sustain them, we were able to take advantage of that at Bolton.â€
â€œThat isnâ€™t the case this summer. A Â£1M player five years ago is now Â£5m and thatâ€™s the level of inflation weâ€™re living with.” “Trying to get to where you want to get can be a little bit difficult sometimes.â€
â€œItâ€™s Chris Mort I deal with now in the main, but he hasnâ€™t had that much experience in football terms, so one would hope that now weâ€™ll get even quicker.â€
It’s obvious Sam is frustrated but things are not as bad as they appear. After all we have some good youngsters already at the club who will only get better after their experiences last season. The second thing is that we still have 5 weeks left in the transfer market and we’d much rather hear Sam vent his frustrations now than on September 1st – when there’s nothing we can do about it (which happened last season).
This is Sam getting used to the pressures and expectations at a forward-looking club like Newcastle United – and he’s obviously aware of the fan’s growing frustrations. Hopefully Sam will get used to these pressures quickly.
But we really need to press on in the transfer market – good players are still available.