Allardyce Delighted at Performance – Still After More Players

Sam Allardyce was visibly delighted with the performance of the Newcastle team yesterday and while we don’t want to overdo the praise he can take an awful lot of good out of the game.

However, Sam is not getting carried away. If anything the opposite is true as he still feels the squad is not big enough for a Premiership season and warns about not having enough experience in the squad.

Let’s take a look at what Sam said after the game.


Chris Mort and Sam Allardcye Yesterday

Sam said after the game:

“Pre-season friendlies tend to give people false hope,”“Just because we’ve beaten Celtic and Juventus doesn’t mean we’re going to do well.”

“Starting the season with the players who finished the game today would be a disaster for us, because when the whistle blows in the Premiership it ain’t about playing pretty football.”

“It’s about nitty gritty, do-or-die football. When the pressure comes, inexperienced players fail.”

“We are still very much in the transfer market. If we started the season with the same side that ended this match it would be a disaster.”

” We’re still after experienced, quality players,”

“They played well. But it doesn’t change anything – we’re still light on numbers.”

Even Freddy Shepherd, Newcastle’s chairman until last week seemed to add support to Allardcye’s case of squad strengthening when he said over the weekend:

“Sam Allardyce will be successful as manager if he receives the kind of backing that I gave the people who were in the job before him,”

“I wouldn’t presume to tell [Ashley] how to run things but all I will say is that I don’t believe it can be done by proxy. We may live in an age of communication but I believe Newcastle are a club who need dedicated day-to-day handling.”

What were the positives Sam could take out of the game – plenty.

  • N’Zogbia looks back to his old form as he gave a great performance in central midfield and looked exciting streaking out of defense on the counter-attacks. He will do well under Big Sam – great little player for Newcastle.
  • The defense was tight as Rozehnal and Ramage played solidly again and Peter almost scored a couple of times. David looks so calm and at ease in defense and is good in the air.
  • Shay Given if anything is getting better, surprising as that may seem. If Shay wasn’t world class then he’s fast approaching it with flawless performances like this and with a couple great saves thrown in for good measure. In the interview after the game he was smiling like a Cheshire cat.
  • The youngsters did us proud again. At the end of the game we had 7 youngsters from our Academy playing and they didn’t look out of place on the big stage. Plus Liverpool youngster Charlie Bennett who is on trial from Liverpool and looked very useful.  The Newcastle youngsters were Edgar, Ramage, Lough, Troisi, Pattison, Carroll (looked great) and Francis – and they were holding Juventus fairly easily.
    Let’s hope we keep the youth system going – this is a great investment for the club.

The more experienced players played well also – Milner (looked great on left wing – Sam thinks he could play there for England), Solano (rejuvenated under Sam), Geremi (great buy), Martins (buzz from crowd everytime he got the ball), Luque (looks so confident now) and even Carr looked a lot more solid than last season. Dyer was brought on in the second half and looked full of running but will still be leaving Newcastle we believe.

All we need now are a minimum of  three good experienced players – and even if they come from the continent that would be OK.  A key to this season will be ensuring our players stay as fit as possible.  Luckily Luque has only a tight hamstring and was very wise to come straight off. This boy may just be able to resurrect his career on Tyneside – certainly the effort and fitness are coming – and the class has always been there.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Dave

    Jul 30, 2007 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #1

    You’re absolutely right, Sam is not getting carried away. If I were him I’d be getting bloody worried.

    3 signings, 3 good signings would be lovely, we could do with four or five, surely we’ll get one or two this week? I know it’s been said a million times in the last two weeks on this site alone – we need a left back like! Hell do we need one.

  • Josh

    Jul 30, 2007 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Anyone notice that the daily mail are saying we have made a bid for Alan Smith??????
    He is classed as a STIKER!!!!!
    ha ha like we need another striker.
    I personally think that Alan Smith is better as a Atacking Midfielder anyway so maybe that is Big Sam’s Plan for him, or it could be a load of rubbish because the press have NO idea who we are after, actually NON of us know who we are after.

    I am still hoping there will be an announcement today that we have signed Chiellini.

    Here’s hoping

  • shaun

    Jul 30, 2007 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #3

    I hear man city are looking to tie up a deal for cellini (unsure of spelling). Surely we should have been in for him. I don’t believe Sam is getting anywhere near the backing he should be, everything i am reading from big sam of late ozes frustration at the board. If he has got the backing financially then Sam does not know what he is doing but everything I have seen of him , that he can control, so far suggests he is a class manager. Mort needs to start talking, Sam talking about lack of quality is v worrying. Great result against Juve, but it was a friendly if we finish mid table with this current squad sam will have done a great job

  • michael

    Jul 30, 2007 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    This is a small kick in the teeth to all those pessimists out there. I’ve been saying for the last week or so that on paper our squad is blessed with talent, while others panicked over the shortage of defensive signings. Truth is that although we maybe expected an influx of big names (I for one was never convinced) that there is an abundance of very expensive talent sitting on the physio table/ bench. Big Sam will certainly inspire his charges in a way that GR never could.
    I would love to see Kevin back as director of football too. He like Allardyce is one of the great player motivaters. With his history of spending big (and wisely) I think he’s the right person to supprt Big Sam in discussions with Chris Mort. And on a personal note, it would signal a complete recovery since the England job. Tee-Hee.
    Really one more defender (I don’t believe anybody will take the risk on Dyer this window) and I would look forward to the season with real optimism. We haven’t had 5 top drawer signings since the days of Keegan. (Barton, Fox, Ginola, Ferdinand and ?Beresford).
    I do believe the stories about the £80 million pound debt and don’t think same will get much money until Mort and Ashley do something about it.

  • Dumers

    Jul 30, 2007 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #5

    everything we have at the moment looks great..all we need is a few more defenders and a possible winger or attacking player to replace dyer..some one cheap and young so he can be great in a few years when solano retires..

    Players to bring in potentially:
    Vanden Borre

    Definatly all sound players that would not be too expensive..what do you think??


    Jul 30, 2007 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #6

    of course it is still only pre-season win but some players and some parts of the games looked very promising. I think we will play a lot more through the wings and Milner is getting better with every game (Zebina had very hard times) and Solano looks stronger and better (the best player out of UK in the Toon history?). N’Zogbia in the middle was great with his vision, passing and running. Geremi so skillful and wise player. Even Carr looked good and hungry for play. Dyer so lively (sheme he didn’t score) and I think it will be big lose if he will go because there are not many like him in the game.
    I hope we will see some signings soon

  • Greg B

    Jul 30, 2007 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #7

    From Allardyces and to an extent Shepherds comments its could be construed as lack of backing/funding from Ashley and the board. I may be wide of the mark but Allardyce is saying we need players on a daily basis, Given (possibly new captain?) has been the players spokesperson stating on a couple of occasions this week that we are lighter on numbers than ever and even Shepherd has, while not being critical, pointed out the board need to be working closer with Allardyce to get the players in.
    The fact that Allardyce put Harper on as a supporting striker, the fact we finished yesterdays game against Juventus with only 3 players we actually paid a transfer fee for sounds like either a cry for help from Allardyce or probably more likley a strong case of ‘come on Ashley, we need more new, quality signings’. The fact the accademy players did so well will probably not do Allardyces argument any favours 🙂

  • Wizdomite

    Jul 30, 2007 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #8

    I got a verbal thrashing on this website about 2 weeks ago for saying Sam and the board had to get a move on with their signings! I’ll say it again, we’ve lost FIVE defensive players and have got just one back in. We had a small squad last time, and when injuries occur there wasn’t enough cover. That means we need AT LEAST FOUR MORE defenders!! Allardyce is going to crash and burn if he can’t get the bodies in.

  • Graham

    Jul 30, 2007 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #9

    Michael – you would like to see Keegan back?Its strange that his name comes up now we have a bit of cash to spend (allegedly). Keegan back at the club would be a disaster for Allardyce and all of NUFC. And before anyone starts harping on about fantastic football – WE WON F*CK ALL!!!!!!!

    oh – and by the way – i heard yesterday that the only reason Ashley wants NUFC is to get a contract with Adidas for his sports shops.

  • Kash

    Jul 30, 2007 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #10

    I hope everyone here means 3 defensive signings?!

    My 3 includes Chiellini and Big Sol. Faye from Bolton could come in for squad cover. But 3 is a minimum, ideally 5 or 4 is capable if the 4th can play both RB/LB.

    We’ll need another midfield player to cover Dyer too – maybe Appiah!

  • Daniel

    Jul 30, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #11

    Mr. Mort, as what you have promised us in previous week of getting a world class player, please endow the amount of money Sam needed. Sign Riquelme, Campbell, and Silvestre. With these 3 additional I’m sure we can match ourselves with Everton, Tottenham or even Arsenal!

  • apan

    Jul 30, 2007 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #12

    Charlie Barnett was impressive yday as leftback heck even better than huntington but i agreed that edgar would be the perfect candidate for now if babayaron isnt fit..barnett stil inexperience for epl….carr also played solidly imo i guess big sam trainin method works on him too…but my back four for now would be ( including the injured players)

    baba(edgar) taylors (huntington) rohzehnal (ramage) geremi (carr/solano)

  • apan

    Jul 30, 2007 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #13

    i commented on the wrong page haha yup we still need good playeres at least 1 more experienced CB and we could use 2 LB and 1 RB plus a DM or an attackin Mid, come on BSA!

  • Phil

    Jul 30, 2007 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Apan, I think you’ll find it was Lough at LB!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 30, 2007 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #15

    Phil – you’re right – Lough has looked really good – yet he still plays for the Youth team – wonder where they got him – will try to find out. But he was really steady in 2nd half – didn’t look out of place at all.

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    Jul 31, 2007 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #16

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