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 â€“ 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 â€“ 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:
â€œWeâ€™re linked with a lot of players and Iâ€™d prefer to be linked with players coming in, not going out, but 99% of it is wrong,â€
â€œMy main focus is bringing players in, we havenâ€™t managed to bring one in for a while but Iâ€™m very confident we will in the near future, we hope we will be picking up one or two players.â€
That’s good because that was in another news story that he’s close to two defenders â€“ so that at least corroborates last night’s story.
â€œItâ€™s nice to get them as early as you can but, at the end of the day, as long as you get them in, thatâ€™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.â€
â€œItâ€™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.â€
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:
â€œThe 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.â€
â€œDefenders 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.â€
Certainly Sam sounds very upbeat compared to the last week or so â€“ but that could be because he sees the light at the end of the tunnel â€“ 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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