Sam Allardcye was a very good choice to be Newcastle’s new manager last May.
He was first choice when Bobby Robson was sacked in August of 2004 but elected to stay at Bolton at that time.
Following the successful start to the season yesterday, let’s look at some of the reasons why Big Sam and Newcastle seem to fit together hand in glove.
Big Sam – Newcastle perfect club for Allardcye
There are a number of reasons.
- Allardyce is a very strong personality and the Newcastle job is not going to be too much for him. He likes to be in the limelight and he likes to manage a club with the support and backing of Newcastle. It’s certainly a step up from Bolton for him â€“ if only in terms of the funds he will be given.
- Sam Allardyce gets the best out of his players. That alone at Newcastle can guarantee him a good season because there’s no doubt our squad is good â€“ it’s just that for too many years the players have underperformed. Sam can change that.
- Allardyce handles star players very well â€“ you never heard of any problems with his players at Bolton â€“ and they always seemed to give 100% on the field. Allardyce had to pick up a lot of older players â€“ because he didnâ€™t have the finances for younger more expensive players.
- Sam knows a lot about players available in the transfer market and has great persuasive powers to get his man. He also does his homework on players before the transfer windows open so he is ready to sign players quickly at reasonable prices. He has managed this summer to tempt Viduka, Geremi and Cacapa â€“ all experienced and skillful players, to Newcastle on free transfers. We don’t expect him to stop this kind of acquisition in the future just because big money may become available to him.
- Sam’s training methods will ensure Newcastle players will be fitter than almost any others this season. He also hopes to reduce Newcastle’s perennial injury problems by implementing improved training methods , and faster recovery procedures at the training ground in Benton.
So don’t be surprised this season if Sam brings us some instant success on Tyneside. Certainly we shouldn’t get too carried away with yesterday’s result – and the possibilities – Sam certainly won’t.Â Although it was a really good performance against Bolton.