Ivica “Drago” Dragutinovic, as we reported late yesterday, is ready to sign for Newcastle on a reported three year deal. Manchester City were neck and neck with Newcastle after Drago rejected Roma’s advances, but now Sam Allardyce’s side are set to sign the player imminently.
If that happens this morningÂ it will bring Sam Allardyce’s and Newcastle’s transfer signings to four within a short spell of 24 hours.
While this may not happen at least we can say four definite Newcastle transfer dealsÂ were announced within 24 hours and two actually were completed.
That has to be some kind ofÂ record for the club.
Smiling because he’s joining NewcastleÂ
Newcastle fans had been getting agitated at the lack of signings over the last four weeks and Sam himself has admitted Newcastle have missed out on a number of opportunities due to the lack of speedÂ in getting the deals completed. Sam himself was openly frustrated last week, along with the fans, by Newcastle lack of progress in the transfer market.
Successful people take failure and see how they can learn from it. What seems to have happened earlier in the week is that Newcastle’s Â management decided to really get going in the market. It appears they may have put in multiple bids for players â€“ possibly all at once – sometime earlier in the week.
While we’ll never know exactly if that’sÂ what happened, whatever it wasÂ worked like a charm.Â Sam mentioned on Thursday that Newcastle had put many bids in for players. Looks like they did and four seem to have gone through and signed within a day – which is just phenomenal.
While the fans have blasted Newcastle in the past for ineptitude in the transfer market, generallyÂ for valid reasons, this is a time to stand back and admireÂ the management team whoÂ have have pulled off some very good tranfer dealsÂ for the club. Looks like they really workedÂ together Â as a team and that is an excellent sign for the futue. The fact that at least two players were openly vocal about wanting to join Newcastle doesn’t hurtÂ either.
As in all good team work – success seems to have been theirs.
Now we look forward toÂ watching the team of of Newcastle United gel on the football field this season and we could surprise or even shock a lot of people â€“ including ourselves.
Sam has looked like he was made for the Newcastle manager job and is more determined than ever to bring success – and good players – to Newcastle. He knows this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and is determined to take the chance with both hands. Looks like he’s going to become Sir Sam sooner rather than later – and Chris Mort is starting to look like a good partner for Sam – we certainly hope so.Â England really missed out on Sam – but it’s to Newcastle’s gain – and it’s a big gain as we are all starting to realize.
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