What Sam Said at Shearer’s Last Night


We have now received some details from one of our readers on what happened at Shearers Bar last night when Sam attended to discuss Newcastle with the lucky supporters who were able to get in.

Shearer’s was of course packed full to hear Sam talk about his views and vision for the club and on the various topics brought up by the crowd.

Here is a list of the major points Sam made during the friendly discussion.

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Manager Sam Allardyce

  • Sam thinks failing to qualify for Europe this season may in fact work to our advantage. It would allow more time to implement the new training methods and fix injuries. Many players felt they had been rushed back from injuries. Sam thinks that never works because they almost always break down again – how true.
  • Sam thought it was time to move on from Bolton and he must have been mad to turn down the opportunity of managing Newcastle United when Freddy Shepherd offered him the job when Sir Bobby Robson was sacked. That was also a big missed opportunity for the club in retrospect.
  • Allardyce hasn’t made a final decision on who will captain Newcastle this season, and it may be a player he brings in.
  • Sam hopes to bring in three or four new players before the season starts and will not be selling Oba Martins to raise funds for new signings. On that he was said to respond with a loud ‘no’. (We think Alan Oliver must be in his bad books now). 😀
  • He wants to bring in a left back and big defenders to play against big opposition. Sam believes they are needed to defend against set pieces. Many games are won and lost on set pieces and Sam mentioned the Carlisle game as an example. It’s a game we should have won but only drew when we gave away a bad goal on a set piece. We know Newcastle were terrible last year on defending set pieces so we’ll look for a big improvement in that area.
  • On his back-room staff he wants to build a team of about 20 personnel in various roles to work with the first team squad. He’d like his back-room team to have been connected with football in some way and who have also studied Sports Science or Sports Psychology. His team will then understand football and can effectively apply what they’ve learned (sounds good to us).
  • Sam said that for the troublesome players he seems to convert – he thought you need to find out what went wrong and ask what he and the club can do for the player to help them.
  • On his man management techniques he uses different methods with different players. You have to hammer some players but doing that to another player may make them lose confidence. Another way would then be necessary with that type of personality.
  • Sam thinks the offside law needs to be changed because nobody understands it anymore. FIFA need to resolve this and more clearly define what offside means. Too many people – players, managers, referees and fans are confused about the law right now.
  • Allardyce said he wanted to put something back into the game. He had achieved his goal of becoming a footballer, and then wanted to manage or coach. He added “I know bugger all about anything else”.
  • Allardyce wants to work his new training methods with the players such that when new players come into the club, it is not just the coaching staff who are instructing them but the players are working with them as well.  Sounds like a team effort doesn’t it?  There’s also no better way to learn something than to have to teach it to somebody else.
  • Sam wants the Newcastle Youth Academy to be one of the best in the country on a par with clubs like Manchester United and West Ham. While money is necessary for success Sam said you also need to produce good young players. We have a great batch of youngsters right now so it’s very pleasing to hear Sam say that.
  • On the young players he has right now Sam is very impressed with Andy Carroll, who he says is an old fashioned center forward. He’s had at least 12 clubs asking about taking Carroll on loan. Sam may send Andy out on loan for six months or so at some point in the future. Certainly Juventus keeper Buffon is now a big admirer of Carroll after making many complimentary statements about young Carroll after last Sunday’s game.
  • Sam prefers to use a 4-3-3 system over 4-4-2 because it allows more players to both defend and attack. Tactics this season will be changed depending on the opposition. Sam said you have to play to their weakest points – not their strongest – or else you’re likely to lose. Bolton were very successful at that last season and frustrated many of the top four teams.

Well there’s a long list of subjects that Sam covered last night – we think he comes across very well.

He’s very knowledgeable on football, players and of course the science of football which he uses to great effect.

What do you think?

Comments very welcome.



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59 comments so far

  • Gavin

    Aug 1, 2007 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #1

    Faye may just have signed a new deal with Bolton. One more transfer target off the list…

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  • ToonKing

    Aug 1, 2007 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #2

    Well everything sounds good. Cant wait for Aug11, oh and the Hull game tonights will be fun.

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  • AlexW

    Aug 1, 2007 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #3

    on andy carrol, i think i should be shipped out on loan, get the lad some experience, and cant wait for these new signings cum on big sam show us ur business 😀

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  • shaun

    Aug 1, 2007 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #4

    I don’t think we’ve been after faye. If we were it would have rang of desperation. Sam would have tried to sign him as soon as he left bolton if he was any good

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  • paul p

    Aug 1, 2007 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #5

    if he signs a new deal with bolton, then its the other one he wants then. that meite, but still, you never no with newcastle united, we always seem to pull off big transfer’s when it matters. it matters now and sam knows it so lets sit back and wait and see. when it gets to next Thursday evening and we still have not brought any defenders in and we have no one fit…. then lets panic and kick off big style!!!

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  • Tez

    Aug 1, 2007 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #6

    Just a thought about the dyer situation – if we do sell him who do you thing we should replace him with.
    To be honest Alan Smith would not be my choice.
    I would pick either Appiah (fenerbahce) or Nolan (Bolton).. any thoughts.

    Good article – “Sam hopes to bring in three or four new players before the season starts” I really hope so. At least a left back and centre back. (Dede/ Baines/ Shorey and Andrea Barzagli/ Coloccini) 🙂

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  • shaun

    Aug 1, 2007 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #7

    tez – would like deco! like nolan, haven’t seen a lot of appiah, smith would play with heart and battle to the end

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  • Archie Brand

    Aug 1, 2007 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #8

    Sam is what modern management should be about – not just football, but management in general – effectively dealing with different personality types, ownership of concepts and getting the whole team involved.

    I also doubt that Faye was a genuine target.

    Isn’t it great to see Sam coming out and denying some of the rumours?
    Theres nothing worse than weeks of speculation then nothing happens. Much better to have someone come out and say “that ‘s a load of b@ll@cks” from the start and immediately shut up the likes of Oliver, Tribal Football and NewcastleUnited-Mad.co.UK. All of those garrbage mongerers who just repeat any old thing they hear.

    Surely Sam has to be the man to take us forward.

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  • iain

    Aug 1, 2007 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #9

    correct me if im wrong but wasnt new chairman chris mort meant to be at the talk in last night ?

    if he was and then wasnt it hardly helps dispel talk of disharmony behind the scenes does it.

    honestly im in no better a mood then i was yesterday, its clear were being held to ransom by Oba and his agent over a new contract, playing on our transfer troubles.

    our transfer policy doesnt add up we could get faye and quedrue tall pl experienced players yet were linked with an old serb and a danish ch that seems is sams fall back option neither have pl experience. my guessing is that that were getting drago and hangelaand coz there cheaper not becuase there better. and if alan smith is the best mf player we can get to replace dyer then its very very worrying.

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  • Andrew

    Aug 1, 2007 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #10

    well he certainly talks the talk and we are very soon gonna see if he walks the walk! could do with a bit of straight talking from the new chairman (along the lines of theres 20million sam do with it what you can) i have been overly impressed with every interview/comment i have heard from allerdyce and cant wait for the new season we are 3 or 4 players from a very good squad and hopefully we can get them in sooner rather than later i know sam is anxious to bring new faces in but not half as much as the supporters worldwide who watched some of the performances last season from certain players still in our squad for next season. 4 out 4 in so far and sibierski apart we are like for like! toon fans are not stupid and the new owner and chairman have promised investment yet so far we have spent 1.7 million money in/out this pre-season and with dyer likely to go for the first pre-season in a long time we would be in the black for transfers surely there is big money available to get the players both sam and the fans know we need(love him or hate him shepherd always knew where we needed to strenghthen)

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 1, 2007 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Tez – think that Sam probably has already tried to bring in Nolan from Bolton but he seemed to say he was happy there – to replace Dyer – good question. Snmith does seem more of a striker than midifled – and that’s our best department right now.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 1, 2007 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #12

    Sam is so popular now – just think what will happen when he brings us some long awaited success – Sir Sam please rise.

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  • craig chisholm

    Aug 1, 2007 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #13

    who to replace dyer with??? milner of course. i do not think we need to buy in any more mid field options at all, as it was, we were overloaded down the right side. and with so many top strikers available he will not get to fill in as a forward this season either. he wont play right back either as he is a puff. sell him and hand that flank to milner permenant. end of story.

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  • paul p

    Aug 1, 2007 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #14

    xavi, appiah, nolan, deco, alou diarra, joe cole, pirlo, iniesta, nedved would be do me like.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 1, 2007 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #15

    iain – don’t you believe all the rumors – looks like Sam blasted some of the reports saying the big majority were untrue. Tell you what – Newcastle beat Hull today and keep a clean sheet – and Sam gets in two experienced no nonsense defenders by the weekend – that’ll cheer a lot of us up.

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  • Kash

    Aug 1, 2007 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #16

    Ed- I agree on both your points. Sam is being very professional, and his charisma is definitely welcomed by the fans. I have no doubt he will do a good job, and he’s definitely instilled some resilience and consistency in our play. I suppose thats a massive thing he’s done, but he just need some money and then he can do the BSA magic of wheeling and dealing and possibly a couple of top top players!

    Come on the TOON!

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  • iain

    Aug 1, 2007 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #17

    ed – no i dont but theres a lot of rumours that havnt been put down and theres been plenty of oppertunity to do so.

    every club knows the pl tv deal is worth another £30m a season, so its hardly like we can pretend we only have 10m to spend. where exactly is this 30m quid going at nufc ???

    tickets arnt cheaper, where not signing players beyond what we bring in from sales, id like like to know where the 30m is going.

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  • ToonKing

    Aug 1, 2007 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #18

    Come ooon paul p “xavi, appiah, nolan, deco, alou diarra, joe cole, pirlo, iniesta, nedved”

    The only one that would maybe join is Appiah, the rest, as much as i liked it, this season noooooooo way.

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  • Andrew

    Aug 1, 2007 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #19

    iain

    ashley and mort have openly said that we need to reduce the 60million debt at the club so……is it just me or do you get the feeling the 30 million tv rights are going to halve the current dept plus what we make on dyer and rumour mill martins(no smoke without fire) could reduce it even more

    am i the only toon fan that was cock a hoop when a billionaire buys the club i love but then after 5 weeks is sitting wondering about his motives

    dont know much about business but if he wipes out the debt in 2 year then sells us on for a tidy profit is he the only one who gains and once again its us fans who have been taken for mugs

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  • Craig

    Aug 1, 2007 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #20

    Mort wasn’t there last night. It was rumoured that he would attend, but to many fans disappointment this musn’t have been true.

    Last night was fantastic, Sam really was so natural up there. I couldn’t imagine Roeder or Souness doing a talk in of that nature.

    Favourite parts of last night was when Sam said ‘we better stuff them!’ when refering to our first game of the season against his former side Bolton. And looking back on his impressive record against when at Bolton he said everytime they meet his team ‘beat the shit of them!’ Had me chuckling.

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  • Craig

    Aug 1, 2007 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #21

    against Arsenal*

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  • Phil

    Aug 1, 2007 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #22

    Ian thats only assuming that the (red top mind) reports are true. Which I doubt. We could of been biiding 6-7-8 million for players but failing to get them, we just wont know the truth. I think people should wait to hoist there pitchforks and light there torches when the window slams shut, not before.

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  • craig chisholm

    Aug 1, 2007 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #23

    iain, i agree that we have spent nothing at all so far – 1.7million is pathetic. there is no point buying for the sake of it though. every single one of our previous managers have brought in expensive shit and thats a fact. we need to address the defence only i think. the mid field is good as is the front line and the keepers. just the defence and we are there. he will sort it i am sure, we have to have patience mate. i know that we are great fans, everyone knows that, we are also sometimes probably a pain in the arse to managers etc with our aspirations and demand for instant sucess. we will get it i am sure, we need financial stability though. i expect that money will be avaiable, its just getting the right people in to wear the shirt. i dont give a toss about big name wankers. i want players that he a genuine desire to play for us. sam will get us the right players i am sure. it will get sorted lads.

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  • Stami

    Aug 1, 2007 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #24

    Rozenhal for Captain? he seems very respectable! might be a bit to quiet, but could definately lead by example!

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  • david veitch

    Aug 1, 2007 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #25

    Alan Oliver beware, if you write any more articles which attempt to create disharmony at our club you might find Sams fist. You have been warned, try supporting us for a change, idiot.

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  • Zebra

    Aug 1, 2007 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #26

    I had no idea ao was so unpopular until i started goin on these type forums. Since then i have not bought the paper. In the past i probably got excited about possible targets that didnt even exist.

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  • Rich

    Aug 1, 2007 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #27

    I am very pelase with Sam so far, i havent been so endeared towards a Newcastle manager since Sir Bobby… wel i assume thats true for every single NUFC supporter.

    I think Souness was too heavy handed, too old fashioned and Roeder was too soft and didnt have enough experience i feel from everything Sams said hes the right person for us, i just get so meloncholy when i think that he knocked us back after Sir Bobby…. just think where we would be today if Sam could of built on Sir Bobbys legacy??!?!?!

    oh well, onwards and upwards!

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  • Midjew

    Aug 1, 2007 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #28

    All reports of interview last night sound VERY encouraging and positive.

    If he does have limited funds thats fine all we REALLY need is a couple of defenders that will last us till Jan. Then maybe next year once owners are used to it and we get in europe will open up there pockets.

    Just saw that Martins might be signing new LONG contract with NO BUY OUT CLAUSE.

    Sounding better by the day!!!!

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  • Bosck

    Aug 1, 2007 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #29

    iain – why exactly is it clear martins is holding us to ransom over his contract? he has said he wants to say, the club have said they want to get rid of the clause so they are sitting down to discuss a longer term contract, sounds like positivity on both sides to me.

    also why slag a player off for being old at 31, everybody here would be over the moon if we signed campbell who is 32/33 or cannavaro who is 34. I’m not placing drago in the same league but maldini was still inter milans first choice at 38, gary speed is still an important 1st team player for bolton at the same age as well. it is about their ability to a job that is important. besides even if he only played till 33 thats two years longer for the young players to gain experience and improve, and he played alongside vidic at the world cup where they only conceded one goal. quedrue is obviously not up to the job as far as sam is concerned, and considering he is a top premiership manager and we’re not then i’ll go with his opinion. has a bad disciplinary record anyway.

    agree about smith if we had not signed viduka then i’d have said go for him but smith is first and foremost a striker and we have plenty of those already. the journal has said that allardyce has already told them smith is not going to sign anyway.

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  • Obafan

    Aug 1, 2007 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #30

    Stami – I’ve once typed it at this site. But for me Rozehnal would be a fantastic captain to the team. Leader of the defence and solid player who everybody will respect in no time.

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  • Dave Doubledecks

    Aug 1, 2007 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #31

    i was at the talk last night and ive got to say that while sam was a natural and made some good points as stated above etc, i along with quite a few fans in my immediate surroundings (im not speaking for whole crowd here as couldnt tell mood on other floors) felt the evening was a cop-out in part.
    the questionmaster would have been better off on blue peter for the staged and safe nature of the “filtered?” questions.
    im fully behind sam and think he is the man for us and yeah sure sam wasnt going to name transfer targets and go into personal details about certain players and such, but questions like “if you had a time machine – who would you sign” and “what is the toughest opponent you have come up against” ???!!!
    surely the host misjudged the anticipations of those in attendance/feared upsetting centurys relationship with club/was ‘advised’ to steer clear ? of the real issues they would liked to have him put to sam ? i thought it did nothing at all to settle what have been growing recent stirrings of behind the scenes friction.
    sam has used the press to put out his frustrations about how slow cash has been and missed out on signings and how thin squad is etc. so last night asking him “how many goals do you think we will beat sunderland by?” and “what is the stage backdrop picture about?” (unbelievably inane live questions from the floor on the night!) didnt really open things up to give an opportunity to hear his true feelings ? maybe im just a cynical old goat but would be interested to hear if anyone that was there last night also found it to be a missed opportunity ?…

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  • Rich

    Aug 1, 2007 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #32

    BEST NEWS EVER ON SKYSPORTS.COM

    OBA TO SIGN NEW CONTACT

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_2635324,00.html

    WITHOUT RELEASE CLAUSE!!!!

    I feel schizophrenic, yesterday i was suicidle that we were going to punt him for cash and today im Oba the moon!!!! he is the new Alan Shearer!!!

    I already have my Nigerian flag ready for the new season!!!

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  • iain

    Aug 1, 2007 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #33

    im not slagging drago off for being old, but his age and contract situation mean he will be cheaper, and if he was sams no 1 target why are we only moving for him now ? it doesnt dispel help dispel the rumour we only have 10m to spend does it when you go for a 30yr old+ foregin guy with no pl exp when the likes of baines/shorey go elsewhere/stay at there clubs after were heavily linked to them but no bids materialise.

    of course oba is holding us to ransom, if he didnt have the clause we wouldnt have to give him a new deal, its not like he has to leave if we are forced legally to accept a bid via the 13m clause is it. he could just stay and be happy playing for us with his 60kpw or whatever ridiculous amount it is he gets paid.

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  • Darren

    Aug 1, 2007 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #34

    Iain –

    The 30m you mention is probably being used to help reduce our debt, which has spiraled of late. We couldn’t go on spending big without success. I don’t care how much we spend on a player, 1m or 10m, I just want a player who will improve our team.

    Here is another scarier option as to where the money will go……

    Ashley buys club for 136m or whatever and delists it from stock exchange.
    He is now sole owner and can do what he likes with the club and its money.
    He sends in Mort to take a good look at the club.
    They don’t like what they see.
    Ashley sells club for 10m less than he paid, it looks a good deal to buyers…
    However in the 12 weeks he’s been here Ashley via Mort has pocketed the TV money which is rumoured to be 30m, making a healthy profit for three months work.

    Or am I just being too pessimistic!!!

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  • Rich

    Aug 1, 2007 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #35

    Iain, you have a very slim grasp on footballing matters.

    The fact we are going after Drag doesnt further prove we have no transfer funds it just goes to show you that the talent Sam wants hasnt & isnt available…. how many top class prem defenders have you seen move clubs this close season? i can name one… Ben Haim…. who we tried to sign. The likes of Shorey & Baines are young, and relitivley unproven that is why its only the mediocre teams like West Ham & Everton chasing them not the likes of Chelski or Man Utd.

    and lastly Oba has every right to re-negoatiate a new contract, he is still an employee who wants more money as would any employee with half a brain cell, you cannot blaim him for trying to get paid as much as possible.

    and lastly, you say 60K is a ridiculous ammount but in prem terms its just about over the average wage, considering he looks amazing and bagged 17 goals in his first season compared to the likes of Dyer & Babayaro who are on £80K & £60K respectivley, they hardly played a game.

    I can guarantee we have more than 10Mil to spend, we could of bought alot of rubbish like Luke Young & Franck Qudrue but why would we want them?? we want top class defenders not mediocre middle of the road make up the numbers sort of players.

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  • Jim Riley

    Aug 1, 2007 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #36

    This is the first season since the Robson days were i’m really excited about! Give Big Sam time and we should have the setup to challenge “big 4” no problems!

    One thing that is winding me up is the fact that everyday we are linked with another big signing which comes to nothing. Lets let Sam get on with it – he won’t panic buy like managers in the past and he does his homework well. Some of the players he had at Bolton prove that – Stelios, Davies, Ben Haim, Jaaskalainen to name but a few. His pulling power isn’t bad either with Okocha and Sideshow Bob aka Ivan Campo!

    Howay the lads!

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  • Bosck

    Aug 1, 2007 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #37

    Put this on another article but thought id put it here as well…

    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!!

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  • iain

    Aug 1, 2007 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #38

    the mediocre teams like liverpool ? who want him if they dont get heinze, or man utd who might move for either if they sell heinze. ok. baines/shorey are young but pl expereince be it 1yr or 2yrs is more than none.

    if you want pl expereince you will have to pay the price for the best available. especially if you make it known your after pl exp then clubs with said players who are few and far between like good left backs are going to ask for good money. no pl club is in a position where they have to sell becuase of the tv deal, they know every other club has that money they could spend if they wanted. were getting players like drag becuase we cant get players like baines/shorey and all the talk points to that being for money reasons.

    60kpw is average for a player of obas ability but its hardly peanuts is it. its not like hes got 1yr left on is deal, he has a clause he can take advantage of at his descretion.

    finally i have no grasp of footballing matters ? yet you can personally guarentee we have more than 10m to spend. get of your high horse mate the views a lot different down here.

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  • Rich

    Aug 1, 2007 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #39

    Liverpool & Man U interested in Shorey & Baines??

    Please show me a credible news source that is quoting this as i have never seen it, it maye have been on one of the rubbish gossip rags like Tribalfootabll or something but everything they say is a load of crap.

    I can gurantee we have more than 10mil to spend because if we didnt BSA would be spitting fire, secondly our Manager & Chairman wouldnt be saying that we have money to spend and that we are working from top to bottom to sign players.

    Back to the Shorey & Baines thing though…. we could of easily signed Curtis Davies for around £7mil already, but what did BSA say last week ‘Curtis is a good player but to have too many young players in your defense is suicide’ he said something along those lines, so my point is i can guarantee we have more than 10Mil because BSA would of said ‘Curtis Davies, oh hell no, we cant afford him, Alan Smith? why would i shell out £6mil for a midfielder when i only have 10mil to spend and i need defenders?’

    fact of the matter is he never said anything of the sort, and if you want to get stressed about what The Sun & TribalFootball are saying about us then thats up to you, but i know we have more than 10 mil to spend because of what has been said by our management and our new owners.

    AND LASTLY – IF BSA OR CHRIS MORT COME OUT AND SAY PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE SPECULATING ABSOLUTE RUBBISH, AND THAT WE HAVE ‘X’ AMMOUNT TO SPEND, DONT YOU THINK THAT OTHER CLUBS WOULD HOLD US TO RANSOM BECAUSE THEY KNOW HOW DEEP OUR POCKETS ARE??

    use your noggin.

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  • Ianc

    Aug 1, 2007 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #40

    Im not sure that Alan Oliver is the one to be blamed for the Martins for sale story which was in yesterdays Chronicle. I read the same story in Yesterdays Independant at 01:00 when i came in from work on the internet. Oliver is guilty of lazy reporting, in as much as he copied someone elses rubbish and went with it, not the 1st time he’s done that either.

    I get my news from the main “News Now” page which showed the time the piece was uploaded, way before Mr oliver had his cornflakes.

    Newcastle put Martins on sale to raise transfer cash The Independent 00:35
    31-Jul-07

    The original story was here,
    http://sport.independent.co.uk/football/premiership/article2819544.ece

    Rgds

    Ian

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