Sam Allardyce has admitted this week to Paul Gilder of the Journal that the Newcastleâ€™s players have proved themselves unable to tolerate the training techniques he has recently introduced at Newcastle.
It seems the problems may stem from the Glenn Roeder regime â€“ with Allardyce suggesting the previous training methods had allowed the first-team squad to become deconditioned and left the clubâ€™s players in poor shape to deal with all the demands the modern game places on topÂ footballers.
Newcastle’s Sam Allardcye
unhappy with fitness levels of the squad
Although the Premier League season has not yet begun, United have 10 senior players on the injured list and have the worst injury record of any Premiership team in terms of the number of injuriesÂ sustained in pre-season. This has to be the last time we have this diabolical injury record and we look to Sam and his staff to fix the problem. It may take him several months however.
It is a situation Sam believes will validate his faith in the prevention program he will implement at the clubâ€™s training headquarters in Benton. Many fans will agree with that sentiment.Â Â The implementation, however, will not come fast enough for this season’s campaign opening â€“ with Allardyceâ€™s worst fears about his squadâ€™s general fitness levels having been realized in pre-season.
This is what Sam had to say to Paul Gilder earlier this week:
â€œWeâ€™re disappointed with the injuries weâ€™ve got,â€â€œIt seems as though the playersâ€™ tolerance levels are still very low.”
“I warned everyone about that before I came. I felt that the players were deconditioned to a point. It has been proven.â€
â€œWeâ€™re trying to train in double shifts, thatâ€™s what is needed at this stage in a pre-season campaign but the players havenâ€™t been able to tolerate it,â€
â€œWeâ€™re having to work them in other areas and other ways with the sports science and medical staff to keep up their fitness while recovering from these niggles,â€
â€œWeâ€™re trying to give them three rehab sessions a day to (help them) get over their injuries and keep them as fit as we can.â€
Michael Owen and Shola Ameobi both seem likely to miss Newcastleâ€™s opening fixture at Bolton since both haveÂ played only 45 minutes this summer â€“ the former with a thigh complaint and the latter with a back problem.
Albert Luque, Celestine Babayaro and David Rozehnal have all suffered groin strains recently and these types of injuries suggest the playersâ€™ fitness levels are just not good enough.Â Damien Duff was sidelined with an injured ankle that will keep him on the sidelines until November.
Emre has not even played yetÂ in pre-season and continues to receive treatment on the ankle problem he suffered last season. He was dipatched to Germany toÂ receive treatment from the sameÂ top German specialistÂ Â that earlier had fixedÂ Michael Ballack’s ankle injury.
Sam knows his squad will not be as fit as their Bolton opponents next weekend and that will be hugelyÂ ironic given that Sam was the man who revolutionized the fitness and medical programs at the Reebok Stadium.
We think Newcastle’s fitness levels, once attained, will be a hugeÂ factor in having us be a successful team.Â One thing Sam just has to get to grips with isÂ fixing the injury problems that have dogged the club for many a season.
Â Comments very welcome.