Sam Allardyce Very UpBeat on New Signings

Manager Sam Allardyce has been talking to Paul Gilder of the Journal and as usual with Sam what he says is always worth looking at – and at least we know it’s the truth.

Sam sounds very positive as he also did last night at Shearer’s Bar from the reports we heard.

We’ll take a look at what he says – he is very determined to get defensive players in and it would appear he is closing in on a couple of them – because he says so.


Sam Allardyce – orchestrating moves at Newcastle

Sam told Paul Gilder of the Newcastle Journal today:

“We’re linked with a lot of players and I’d prefer to be linked with players coming in, not going out, but 99% of it is wrong,”

“My main focus is bringing players in, we haven’t managed to bring one in for a while but I’m very confident we will in the near future, we hope we will be picking up one or two players.”

That’s good because that was in another news story that he’s close to two defenders – so that at least corroborates last night’s story.

Sam continued:

“It’s nice to get them as early as you can but, at the end of the day, as long as you get them in, that’s the most important thing.”

We are continuing that pursuit and from the top of this club down to me we are going out all guns blazing.”

“It’s a difficult market to work in, but we are doing our best. There is no sense panicking and trying to sign players for the sake of it.”

Interesting how he says from the top of the club to me (at the bottom?). Sam is the tops with lots of Newcastle fans. 😀

It’s also good to hear him talk of everybody in Newcastle management going all guns blazing because it looks like there’s a good team effort going on. Big Sam was also keen to emphasize the search for defenders, despite the reports that Alan Smith was due on Tyneside to discuss personal terms today.

Sam went on:

“The defense is the area we are looking to strengthen. The players who have come in for the last couple of friendly games have done very well, but we lack experience because of the amount of players I released when I first got here.”

“Defenders around Europe are difficult to find and a lot of players have already been snapped up.”

“There is a limited market in every position, but in that position there is a limit to those with the quality to play in the Premiership.”

Certainly Sam sounds very upbeat compared to the last week or so – but that could be because he sees the light at the end of the tunnel – and has a couple of good defenders almost wrapped up.
We hope so because that will immediately lift the mood on Tyneside – and it will be upward and onward. 😀

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28 comments so far

  • Hammy

    Aug 1, 2007 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #1

    Certainly BSA has the “Sir Bobby” factor whereas you actually look forward to interviews and press conferences he conducts, he is also very intelligent and articulate…….I’ll wait and see regarding signings, any comments on how he went down at Shearers bar? if you were there let us know how BSA came across….Cheers.

  • Daveyboy the mag

    Aug 1, 2007 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Was at the talk in and he rubbished almost all alan the pleb olivers stories as well which always pleases me as I can’t stand him.

    Hopefully the next 48hrs will be telling as I think the fans need another pick me up after the recent lull.

    John Terry would be a nice start 🙂

  • jeff

    Aug 1, 2007 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #3

    sam was class last night….very open with the questions that were asked altho no nitty gritty questions were asked they mustve been taken out before hand but it was a good night…He was very relaxed he went into detail of what he wants from his backroom staff and what its all about….Said a big no when asked if Martins was leaving,but didnt get asked about Dyer,how much money he had or whats his relationship like with the new chairman & owner but apart from that was a good night..

    I hope we are close to signing a couple defenders as we all know we need them

  • P.collins

    Aug 1, 2007 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Why is it Spurs have spent more in the last fortnight than we have in the last 2 seasons. I’m becoming very concerned at what’s happening at NUFC at the moment,I also think the fans who attacked Dyers house went OTT if he’s not sold and has to stay how do you think that will reflect in his performance on the pitch their is no point getting on his back as it is part & parcel of football .I don’t feel sorry for Dyer as i think he owes Newcastle alot. But for the first time in years i’m not looking forward to the start of the season

  • S Lee

    Aug 1, 2007 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #5

    I cannot believe alan smith is coming to newcastle.
    Firstly, we have got 5 strikers – Ameobi, Owen, Oba, Luque and Viduka, why add another mediocre player like smith to the excessive fray. Worst off, with the cash flow problem, he going to further cost us 6 millions. Didn’t have the physical presence when play midfield for Man Utd, didn’t have a good scoring record either.

  • paul p

    Aug 1, 2007 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6

    at this moment in time I aint looking forward to the season at all. When he was first appointed, I was, but if we get the quality signings as Sam kept saying last night, then I will be happier. He sounded very positive about things. Lets hope they keep their word and get the additions needed to improve our week squad.

  • Steve B

    Aug 1, 2007 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Its the usual pre season ticket applications transfer activity. We get linked with a whole host of great players, then once the apps are in the post, the excitement of the new season diminishes. Big Sam has improved our squad considerably already without spending much. The new owner needs to give him the resources to fund the building of a great team, otherwise Ashley should return to the city and hold his head in shame. Sam WILL get it right but does need the financial support to ensure it. The big 4, Spurs, West Ham, Man City, Fulham and even the mackems have spent more (disgraceful).

  • Kash

    Aug 1, 2007 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #8

    I actually feel alot happier after BSA’s comments last night. Alan Oliver is still an idiot, and I think his reporting days need to come to an end. He obviously has lost his connection to Newcastle, so why is he still the back page writer?

    Hopefully we can expect 2 defenders this week, then i’ll be alot happier. Frustration has gone, no more bad language guys.

    Oh, just spilt my tea, F**** t*** f**** b***** c*** f*** b*** c***** b****

  • steve

    Aug 1, 2007 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #9

    It’s a bit worrying that we seem to be after signings on the cheap – the billionairre takeover has hardly resulted in the transfer kitty we had all hoped for.
    I’m beginning to wonder if Ashley / Mort are holding tight on the purse strings as they don’t want BSA splashing out on players that may not be wanted by a new manager of their choice. Kevin Keegan is already being touted as Director of football and no way is he going to ba able to stay out of football matters.
    Although skeptical of BSA initially I’ve defo warmed to him – hopefully they’ll at least give him enough cash to actually show what he can do, it must be quite depressing for him to have a tighter rein on finances than when he was at Bolton

  • Hammy

    Aug 1, 2007 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #10

    Kash, I hope you didn’t spill your tea while driving along Darras Hall on your egg delivery round, not sure if Dire prefers free range or battery fed although he sure likes the young chicks…….

  • Dingo

    Aug 1, 2007 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #11

    lol @ Hammy

    can we not sell Alan Oliver to Spurs instead of Dyer? Check the chronicle tonight>>>>>>> you heard it hear first!

    (AO will probably report it himself)!

  • Kash

    Aug 1, 2007 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #12

    Oi Hammy, you better not hit my house! I don’t think he lives in Darras though, I thought it was Matfen?!

  • jeff

    Aug 1, 2007 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #13

    Kash nah he lives in Darras mate….I know his window cleaner ha ha

  • Kash

    Aug 1, 2007 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #14

    I can’t believe he lives near my folks. I’m gonna terrorise his house!

  • Kash

    Aug 1, 2007 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #15

    Only kidding, would never do such a thing

  • Kash

    Aug 1, 2007 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #16


    What would be funny is if you take/put some POO in a brown paper bag. Put it on the door step, light it and ring the door bell. When they answer the door, they’ll see the fire and immediately stamp on it to put it out. This results in POO all over his £1000 shoes!

  • Dingo

    Aug 1, 2007 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #17

    at least if Dyer stays we got a new chant for the season…. “you are the walrus……..koo koo ka choo”

  • Hammy

    Aug 1, 2007 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #18

    I like your style……think he’d fall for it though????? might do a google search on Dyer and IQ levels see what comes back…he defo lives in Darras though look for the house with the widest drive/gates as he needs to get his Hummer in whilst under the influence, they should open automatically…….

  • Craig

    Aug 1, 2007 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #19

    I went to Big Sam’s talk in at Shearer’s bar last night and he seemed pretty confident about new signings. There wasn’t any mention of names of course, however, he did say he was hoping to sign at least four new players by the end of August. He also hinted at the possibility of signing a player who could captain the side. Apart from that there was no eyebrow raising questions and answers. A lot of them were taken from and were pretty simple. e.g. ‘Why did you choose to manage Newcatle United’ and ‘Who is the best and worst player you’ve managed?’ It’s a shame Chris Mort wasn’t there as I’m sure he would have been pressed about the apparent lack of funds. Overall, it was a great night and Sam got a great reception. He was brutally honest, but also shared a joke or two with the fans. No mention of Dyer and transfer kitty – I’m assuming he’d previously mentioned that was not on ghis agenda to talk about.

  • Rich

    Aug 1, 2007 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #20

    sounds all good news to me, as ive said time and time again if all this talk of us having no money or limited money i think Sam would come out and say it, but he seems really positive about the future and even makes me feel confident about the new season ahead and im one of the most ardent cynic/pessimists on here!

    I think once we get hopefully 2 defenders in this week the whole mood on tyneside and this message board will change and we will all be looking to kicking Bolton back into reality next week!

    come on the mighty toon!!!!

  • Bosck

    Aug 1, 2007 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #21

    it would have been good if Chris Mort had been there to answer a few questions, but i think rumours of him not being there due to a rift with big sam are wide of the mark as have just checked the official nufc site and mort was never scheduled to be there, was just sam on his own.

  • Bosck

    Aug 1, 2007 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Back to Alan Oliver watch:

    and alan makes an idiot of himself again:

    Meanwhile, the Chronicle’s report that Oba Martins may have to be sacrificed to fund moves for a couple of defenders was described as “speculation” by United last night.

    But despite that, the word in the game is that Martins could still be prised away from St James’ if anyone comes up with the £10m Glenn Roeder paid for the little Nigerian.”

    ok alan you keep printing the drivel but the manager replying with an emphatic no when asked if martins is leaving means in my mind that he isn’t going to be sold, irrespective of what “word in the game” is, and especially not for less than his release clause!! idiot!!

    now we cant know for certain what dyer picks up in wages but its odd that everyone else says its £80000 and ao is the only one who thinks its £65000, my guess is it is just a random guess again on his part.

    “All this leaves is Sunday’s friendly with Sampdoria at St James’ Park, and as things stand, three of United’s main four-man strike force of Owen, Ameobi and Mark Viduka have only managed 90 minutes of football among them in pre-season, with the exception being Oba Martins who has looked quite lively.”

    so the 2 players that have scored 4 of the goals so far in preseason dont count as part of the strike force then alan, they may not be the 1st choices but we have a 6 man strikeforce clearly so if sam wants a big+little combination and viduka and ameobi arent fit i’m sure sam would have no problem playing carroll if it came to it.

    Finally 2 quotes from ao’s 2 articles today:

    “so too is the fact that Kieron Dyer who, as revealed in The Chronicle a week past Thursday, is on his way to West Ham.”

    “And all that is stopping Dyer’s move to Upton Park is the fact that Sam Allardyce wants to squeeze more than £4m out of the seemingly bottomless pit of money at Upton Park”

    so all that is stopping dyer from being on his way to west ham as the chronicle has supposedly revealed he will be, is the fact that as of yet they havent bid enough money so wont be sold dyer until they do. therefore meaning that at least at the moment he isnt on his way to west ham and wont be till/unless they bid enough!!

    God this man annoys me. Give me his job and i’d right articles that were actually based on fact and reasoned arguments!!

  • Rich

    Aug 1, 2007 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Bosck, i too am at a loss at how this man can stay in a job. Every single NUFC fan knows he speaks absolute drivel, and we know more about the stories than he does and ever will.

    what a moron he is.

    im a sure a retarded spider monkey could do a better job than Alan Oliver.

  • Mats

    Aug 1, 2007 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #24

    Man City just signed a very good defender (Javier Garrido)… When will see new defenders? January?

  • Bosck

    Aug 1, 2007 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #25

    to be fair mats is he really a very good player?? if i’m honest i have never heard of him till the article on skysports, and if a club like real sociedad are willing to let him go for only £2m is he really that great a defender??

  • Mats

    Aug 1, 2007 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #26

    he would not agree on a new contract with soceidad – so they opted to cash in

  • Bosck

    Aug 1, 2007 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #27

    fair enough, must have missed that bit!! will still trust in allardyces judgement till the end of the transfer window though, he obviously doesnt think he is good enough.

  • Midjew

    Aug 1, 2007 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #28

    Did anyone notice on NUFC OFFICIAL web site it says Dyer is in Personal Talks with West Ham after and undisclosed fee was agreed!!!,,10278~1083062,00.html

    Looks like its going through!


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