Allardyce Only 40% Complete with Newcastle Overhaul

Sam Allardyce made a successful start to his Newcastle career at his old club Bolton yesterday, when his team ran out worthy 3-1 winners after dominating Bolton is the first half and going 3-0 up at the break.

Allardyce is keen to complete an overhaul of the Newcastle squad and it looks like he is moving in the right direction.

Let’s take a look at what Sam had to say about rebuilding his squad after yesterday’s win.


Sam Allardyce – still a lot to do at Newcastle

Sam says there’s still an awful lot of work to do at Newcastle and he estimates he’s only about 40% there at the moment.

This is what Sam said after the game yesterday:

“We are 40 per cent towards where I want to be,” “There’s another 60 per cent to go. I’ve got to buy time to get there and I can only do that by winning matches.”

“That’s why this is a great start for us. It’s been a great day for me, bringing a new team back to my old club.”

“ I certainly felt a bit more edgy and nervous before the game.”

“I hoped my players would go over the white line and produce committed and quality football, and that happened in a very good first 45 minutes when we killed off the opposition stone dead.”

“It was about seeing the game out in the second half and we did it extremely well apart from the slip-up when they scored their goal.”

Nicolas Anelka scored Bolton’s consolation goal in the 50th minute of a second-half in which they showed great courage in trying to mount a come-back, after hardly being in the game in the first 45 minutes. But Newcastle held out quite well and as the second half went on it looked like Newcastle were getting the hang of the Bolton attack, in which Anelka and Diouf were outstanding.

However, a second goal by Bolton would have brought them right back into the game – so it was still a nervous time for Newcastle fans especially when Bolton scored so early in the second half.  The second half showing by his team gave new manager Sami Lee some encouragement and the Bolton manager said:

“I was disappointed by the result, but if I can take any positive from the game it came in the response I got in the second-half.”

“If we hadn’t got that response, I would be even angrier than I am at the moment.”

“We just didn’t start the game and I can’t explain it, but I will be looking for reasons why it happened.”

“You can have ifs and buts, but that doesn’t disguise the fact we were 3-0 down at an early stage and hadn’t started to play.”

Certainly an excellent start by Newcastle yesterday and they looked such a different team than at the end of last season. As Sam says, it’s very important to get as many wins as possible in the first 10 games when we don’t meet any of the top 4 teams. Newcastle should be able to get a decent number of points up on the board.

But the Premiership is all about winning so for game 1 it was mission accomplished yesterday.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Geordieboy

    Aug 12, 2007 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #1

    excellent first half performance and showed we cud defend a powerful attacking team mounting a come back and we also played nice football, we also showed everyone watching the quality at the club and we still got players injured to come bk that wud get into our startin line up englands no 1 striker, best goal keeper in the world in given and also we have duff and emre and joey barton plus enrique to come in so if spurs can break into top 4 then dont see why we can’t looks as tho sam has got the tactics to win away games unlike other managers of recent years, make st james a fortress which won’t be hard keep picking up points like that away against teams outside top 4 then we will be there or therebouts c’mon BSA ….

  • MightyMilburn

    Aug 12, 2007 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #2

    BSA seems to be ready to pick up where SBR or KK left the club (meaning the right direction).. His statements are clear and sensible – as I wrote yesterday – we have taken a small but extremely important step in the right direction.. We didnt just win at Bolton for the first in 5 or 6 tries, but we won it PLAYING football..

    We still need to get in some more players for the defensive part of the field – RB, LB, CB and DM.. and if Dyer, Luque and Solano leaves (see it before I believe it) we will need back-up wingers.. however, while Dyer might leave I sincerely hope that Luque and Solano will stay at the club at least until the January transfer window – unless we have ready-made replacements already lined up..

    Despite the reports of more players moving on (especially Nobby) I woke up this morning – feeling so good about the future for my beloved club..

  • Lamesley Mag

    Aug 12, 2007 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #3

    A good win against a decent Bolton side.

    BSA realizes we need additional signings in defence, plus for Dyer, Luque and Solano should they leave. I hope Solano stays as he’s excellent cover as RB and RW and gives 100% every game for Newcastle.

    Our second half display although not pretty was professional in the manner we closed out the game.

  • Bosck

    Aug 12, 2007 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Really hope Nobby doesnt leave but this made me laugh from alan oliver:

    “But when United flew to Manchester yesterday afternoon nether Dyer nor Solano were on the plane. ”

    So how the hell did nobby come on as a substitute then? did he walk to bolton?!?!?

  • iluvnufc

    Aug 12, 2007 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #5

    I noticed that too, Bosck!!

  • Graham

    Aug 12, 2007 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #6

    MightyMilburn – Exactly at what point did Kevin Kegan leave the club in the right direction? No defence, no reserve team? it has taken almost 10 years to get the club right again and a lot of managers have paid the price for that.

    When will people realise that the supposed messiars of Keegan and Shearer done as much damage to the club as they did good instead of basking in the rays that shine from their backsides?

  • dave bulman

    Aug 12, 2007 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #7

    i agree with graham to an extent,was exciting times with keegan but he walked out when going got tough.shearer is a legend at newcastle and deservedly so but im sick of him being linked to newcastle managers job,surely not nice for sam to hear this rubbish.shearer has never managed and im sure when he does go into management he will be succesful.but he needs to start of managing a smaller club and learn the trade and someday come back to newcastle job.i believe sam is the right person to really bring newcastle on and change the whole attitude and culture of could see already against bolton how better organised they are,very impressed with rozenhal.still not sure with carr,would like more cover there.sam will spend clever,hopefully fans and board give him the time he deserves and not expect miracles straight least i feel optomistic for this season not like last year.

  • scotty

    Aug 12, 2007 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Excellent start to the season – we had direction, cohesion, strength and we still managed to entertain. We seriously need to replace Carr tho as he is no good at defending or going forward. Overall, BSA silenced his critics including Gartside about his style of football…… Next weeks home game can’t come early enough for me against what appears to be a mediocre Villa. “We are top of the league, say we are top of the league!!!”

  • George

    Aug 12, 2007 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #9

    So according to SA he is only 40% into his overhaul of the playing staff. Great for us.
    It is nice that after the flurry of business Sam has achieved that he is still not satisfied or finished yet.
    Sam can not be accused of sitting back and doing what he did at Bolton, do the best with what youve got.
    He is obviously going to put together his own team of new players with a sprinkling of the best of the squad from last year.
    I have waited many years since KK for a manager to do this and with my health i keep wondering if i will see another season and another good footballing team.
    Hopefuly it will not take Sam long to put together his own team and moreso a very successful team at that and the early signs from pre seasonn friendlies and from Boltons game i am happier than i have been for quite some time about the new season. Keep going Sam only 60% to go. Just think of the fun when you have the 100% that you want.

  • Owen

    Aug 13, 2007 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Great result and an OK performance against a very poor and disorganised Bolton.

    Then again we were missing Given, Barton, Emre, Owen etc…

    We sorely need 2 fullbacks. We practically played with 10 men, Carr made zero contribution to the game.

    Zog played well but he’s no fullback.

    MoM had to be Geremi, involved in everything 🙂


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