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.
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 â€“ 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 hasnâ€™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 â€˜noâ€™. (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. Heâ€™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 â€“ 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 â€œI know bugger all about anything elseâ€.
- 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.Â Sounds like a team effort doesn’t it?Â 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.