Jose Enrique Believes in Manager Sam Allardyce


Newcastle’s new signing Jose Enrique had his first interview with the Official Newcastle United web-site – after he signed for the club this afternoon for ₤6.2M on a 5 year contract.

Jose is pleased there are other Spanish-speaking players like Albert Luque and Nobby Solano a the club who will be able to talk to him while he gets used to the language and culture changes.

Jose also said he knows we have a lot of players at the club who are used to winning many things – what has Big Sam been telling him?

😀

But seriously it’s a very good interview – and remember when you read this that Jose is just 21 years-old – and in a new and different country – read on.

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Jose Enrique“Sam Allardcye treated me very well and understands me”

This what Jose told the official Newcastle web-site immediately after signing for the club this afternoon.

“I believe very much in the manager at Newcastle United and I believe they are going to be one of the top teams.”

“I met Sam for dinner and I was very interested to hear his plans for the club.”

“He treated me very well and understands me.”

“He understands I have to get used to a lot of new things, like changes in culture and language, but he says he is going to help me adapt to that.”

“He say it will make me stronger and he will have patience with me.” “I am really happy to hear that.”

“I know that Newcastle already have a lot of players with a lot of character and players used to winning many things and playing in Europe like Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Alan Smith and Obefemi Martins.”

“It will also help me having players like Nolberto Solano and Albert Luque to speak to.”

“Albert says he is going to take care of me at Newcastle”

We’re sure Albert will do just that Jose.

We are so pleased that Sam seems to have impressed the youngster so much – not only does that give Newcastle United a very good name – but it will help us capture other good players in the future. Of course we are also pleased that Sam does indeed treat the boys very well and all credit to him.

Sam was not at the signing (Chris Mort handled it) as there are reports that Sam’s off to Spain to talk with Drago of Seville to convince him to join the revolution at the club – best of luck to the big man.

Do you get the impression that Big Sam is building a very close knit group at the club?   That has got to be very good for morale and team spirit. Can’t wait for the Bolton game – although Jose will probably not be in the squad.

Comments very welcome.



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66 comments so far

  • Bev

    Aug 6, 2007 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Another good day to be a toon fan, hope he is better than Baines, I expect he will be if Sam has paid that much for him. Just hoping for a RB, Playmaker in midfield (big signing?) and on more CB if Drago doesn’t sign.

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  • Tetsuo

    Aug 6, 2007 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Well done to Sam for lowering my stress levels…..I hope to see him on the dugout for many great years to come.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 6, 2007 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Bev – right – agree – If Sam gets to talk to Drago – whatever Ivaca is currently thinking – we must still have a good chance.

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  • Murvar

    Aug 6, 2007 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Yes – Sam’s understanding of the player’s own perpsective seems to be a major asset; such a change from the Souness “bash ’em into shape and get em to learn to survive in the jungle ” approach which is well suited to the playground but not the world most grown-ups inhabit. Geoff Boycott once said that attention to detail was the hallmark of a true professional; Sam seems to know that and we will all benefit from it – players and fans alike.

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  • Tetsuo

    Aug 6, 2007 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Yeh two more signings and we will be a real threat this season, i think if we are going to sign a top quality playmaker its likely to come out of the blue as the last thing we need is a price hike…ive been really impressed with how the board has handled the comings and goings, we havent been held to ransom over the price and i don’t think I’ve seen a season like this where we have seen so many bargains. I think the days where we are forced to pay over the odds is behind us…great time to be a newcastle fan again

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  • Tetsuo

    Aug 6, 2007 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed, how would you line us up with a fully fit squad this season?

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  • 9thJune

    Aug 6, 2007 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #7

    How come in all the ‘Newcastle have agreed a fee’ talk beforehand it was £4 million and now suddenly it has become £6 million. Methinks that the press have forgotten to convert from Euros!!!

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  • toonoholic

    Aug 6, 2007 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #8

    baines to everton confirmed in skysports so looks like we need to get drago or turn attention to shorey if we eye another left back
    yeah another right back and a decent playmaker and i think we are back to get our lost spot !

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  • 9thJune

    Aug 6, 2007 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Enrique vs Baines?
    Both u-21 internationals for their respective countries.
    Both cost around £6 million (see above?).

    Baines is 5’10” and a converted left winger.
    Enrique is 6’0″ and a defender by nature (the Bull!).

    Think Sam made the right choice….

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  • Tetsuo

    Aug 6, 2007 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Ha yeh 9th makes a good point it seems a silly error to make i just hope hes worth it..

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 6, 2007 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #11

    Enrique is 6ft 1 and baine sis 5ft 7 actually 🙂

    Your not ‘The Bull for Nothing’

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  • rich

    Aug 6, 2007 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #12

    i really hope DRAGO signs, hes obviously going to be a CB for us but will be very good as cover for Jose at LB.

    the only down side is i think Drago might look at our team and wonder ‘Will i be first team material?’ – MY GOD, a quality defender questioning wether hes going to get into the starting 11 at the toon! its a miracle!!

    i also heard another miracle on Sunday, get this the commenttaor said:

    ‘Newcastle hold a very solid line in the back four, sampadoria will have a task on their hands’

    once again, MY GOD a pundit giving the toons defence some praise… i havent heard that since the days of Woodgate.

    come on DRAGO!!!!!

    and lastly, this will bode very well for young Albert in my eyes… hopefully it will give him a very good mate to help him improve his game and his love of NUFC!!!!!!! all round what a cracming signing… not only will he stregthen our defence but i feel hell bring our team much closer together… as ED rightly says.

    im so happy :), i just need a few more signings before i can climax 🙂

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 6, 2007 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #13

    9thJune – maybe they thought it was 6M euros – which is almost exactly (0.67 conversion rate) 4M pounds – think that’s what happened 😀
    Another mystery solved.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 6, 2007 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Tetsuo – once the transfer business settles down with Drago this week – i’ll bring out something on Sam’s new squad – think it will surprise a lot of us how Sam has strengthened it enornmously with his 7 signings so far – think there’s still probably at least 2 more to come.
    Next one has to be Drago – i thought we would easily get him but he’s now having 2nd thoughts since the President and Manager at Seville are trying to persuade him to stay – good that Sam is going over there himself – to flex his significant persuasive powers. Of course we don’t have European football but think the Enrique news and signing has to help us. We should know later in the week.

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  • Tetsuo

    Aug 6, 2007 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Yeh ill look forward to reading it Ed. Its nice that were in a position where its difficult to pick a formation or a starting 11 and i think most will have a completely different opinion to others, i’ve never had such a hard time figuring out who will play in a while and it feels damn good !

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  • rich

    Aug 6, 2007 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #16

    @ ED Harrison:

    dnt forget man, the transfer window doesnt close for another 3 weeks 🙂

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  • michael

    Aug 6, 2007 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Sam seems to have turned Stephen Carr back around. With Geremi also able do we need another RB as our main priority?

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  • Alex

    Aug 6, 2007 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #18

    If Drago really wanted to come he would have put pen to paper by now.He is using Newcastle to get a pay rise from seville.

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  • TOON1

    Aug 6, 2007 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #19

    Ed -in your opinion after listening to what sam has said ,do you reckon there will be any more signings after Drago???Hope so !Dont need that much more now.

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  • MagpieRich

    Aug 6, 2007 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #20

    Here’s my best line-up (based on everyone being fit). What do you think?

    ………………….Given
    Geremi…Taylor…Rozey…Enrique
    ……Milner….Barton….Zog
    …………………Smith
    …………Viduca……..Owen

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 6, 2007 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #21

    Mario Yepes is available for 1.7 mil 😮

    I said this a while ago, he is a very good cb.

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  • Joe

    Aug 6, 2007 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #22

    I agree this is the first time in years where a fully fit squad doesn’t choose its self .. Surely a few more?? Drago.. possibly another midfielder( Attacking ) .. Woudn’t mind a right back although I think Carr has had a good pre season.. P.S we obviously had more than 10 Million to spend 😉 😀

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  • MagpieRich

    Aug 6, 2007 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #23

    A more defensive line-up would be:

    ……………….Given
    Carr……Taylor…Rozey…Cacapa
    Milner….Butt …..Barton….Smith
    ……….Viduca..Owen

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  • Alex

    Aug 6, 2007 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #24

    ……………Given……. Carr…Taylor..Rozy……Enrique. …..Geremi…Barton…. ………..Smith….. Milner…Viduca..Oba

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  • Murvar

    Aug 6, 2007 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #25

    And in the first preliminary round of the Weetabix Trophy:

    ………………………….Harper
    Ramage…….Huntington…….Cacapa………..Babayaro
    Solano ………Dyer……………Emre…………Duff
    ………………..Luque………….Martins

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 6, 2007 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Tried to put down the best team – and kept missing out star players – our bench is going to be so stong this year – players like Luque, N’Zogbia, Martins, Ramage can do a real job for us coming off the bench during the games.
    Still think Dyer will move to WHU this week…..and it weill be a good deal for us – with the real character displayed by some our new players like Smith, Geremi, Cacapa, Viduka etc – he seems out of place.

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  • LiamBirchy8

    Aug 6, 2007 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #27

    Hoyte, Drago, Shorey and Diop to sign for the toon! Then we would have a class team with only given with a guaranteed place in the first X1.

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  • Alex

    Aug 6, 2007 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #28

    Ed Martins should be starting every game, not coming off the bench he is quicker,stronger and has more technique than Owen.

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  • Edd Case

    Aug 6, 2007 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #29

    9thjune – How come in all the ‘Newcastle have agreed a fee’ talk beforehand it was £4 million and now suddenly it has become £6 million. Methinks that the press have forgotten to convert from Euros!!!

    it says 9.3million euros on the official site – unless, of course, that includes wages etc.

    i read that as this was just the fee as it’s not usual to let the press know players wages too.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 6, 2007 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #30

    Hoyte, dont joke mate. Shorey no thank you. Drago yes please. Diop, why?!?

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  • Dingo

    Aug 6, 2007 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #31

    Edd… read up>>>> ed solved the mystery for us with his 0.67 echange rate…. as for releasing transfer fees to the press, you only have to do that if you are a PLC (publicy listed company) as NUFC are now privatly owned by MA he does not have to disclose the fee at all. I guess the reason we have the actual fees is to show the other managers in the prem that they have wasted a lot of thier cash. Bragging rights go to BSA for this close season.

    go on sam!!

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  • Dingo

    Aug 6, 2007 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #32

    Edd just read you comment again… I all the excitement of the last few days I missed yer point…… youre right players wages are not ‘normally’ given to the press unless it is sensational. sry for that plc rant!

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  • rich

    Aug 6, 2007 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #33

    ^^ that does not include wages, thats is 9.3 million euro dollars for the player lock stock & barrell.

    the press dont know anything, until we do… im sure youve noticed! everything else is 90% made up.

    Martins is ahead of Owen at the moment…. who ever puts Owen ahead of Martins is crazy, Martins has played his arse off… owen needs to work his socks off to get back into the team.

    I very much doubt Sam will put Owen ahead of Martins until either Owen starts cracking in the goals or Martins stops.

    and lastly, with all the Banter on here imagine what its going to be like when we start playing serious football!!!!!

    I CANT WAIT!

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  • Craig Allen

    Aug 6, 2007 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #34

    Yeah I saw that too 6 Mil

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  • Edd Case

    Aug 6, 2007 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #35

    9,300,000.00 EUR = 6,316,574.63 GBP

    That 9.3million figure is from nufc.com.

    So, to answer 9thjune again and to save confusion, it would appear that the transfer fee IS approx 6.3million quid.
    Obviously the 4million figure banded about by the press was too low.

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  • Edd Case

    Aug 6, 2007 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #36

    *should say nufc.co.uk – the OFFICIAL site.

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  • nightfall

    Aug 6, 2007 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #37

    martins will be picked ahead of owen…if they’re both staying… owen will get his chance during ANC (jan-feb)…

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  • Tetsuo

    Aug 6, 2007 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #38

    Martins has simply been a much better asset for us than Owen and i think after last season he deserves to start. Although i think Owen will have a better goal return(if hes fit) and its easy to forget how good he can be due to the fact we havent seen anywhere near enough of him, i think it would be better in the long term to put our faith in Martins as we all know in a few years under BSA he could become the best striker in the premiership. What is clear though is there could be alot worse things to have a headache over…

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  • Graham

    Aug 6, 2007 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #39

    Couldn’t agree more Rich / Nightfall. Even if he was fit (something tells me at least 6 weeks away) I would have owen warming the bench and watching Oba bang them in.Lesser managers in the past would have played Owen just because he’s Owen and onw of the 1st choices on the england teamsheet. but I hope that Sam remains strong on this one. I would rather see Newcastle win a corner than england win the world cup!

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  • rich

    Aug 6, 2007 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #40

    ^^ testuo – i agree… these are all GOOD headaches though.. who to play Owen or Martins, Rozey or Capaca, Taylor or Drago (hopefully) compare that to last season!!!!!

    And we nedd to keep Martins no matter what, we ant forget that Owen scored 7 goals in 13 starts and 1 sub appearance, so thats 1 every 2 and he wasnt even firing on all cylinders, but we need to replay Oba we cant just send him to the bench the moment owen is fit because 1. Owen is 28, hes hopefully got another 4-5 years in him.

    Oba is 22, we should have another 10 seasons out of him… i hope thats 200+ Oba goals… 🙂 i hope alot of them are like the one against Spurs 🙂

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