When Newcastle first signed Sam Allardyce on as manager there was certainly a lot of hope with the Newcastle supporters that Sam would be an excellent manager. Here was a man who had got Bolton Wanderers into Europe with precious little money available to him.
If he was to get a lot more money at Newcastle and understanding he was a great motivator wouldn’t he be just the man to bring Newcastle back to their glory days?
Well. It’s starting to look that way.
Sam Allardyce – one down and 37 to go
Here’s what Sam told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œWeâ€™ve invested well, Iâ€™ve spent more than Iâ€™ve ever spent this summer and Iâ€™m grateful for that,â€
â€œIâ€™m fortunate to have that, Iâ€™ve been able to invest more on transfer fees and more on wages and Iâ€™ve got bigger and better players.â€
â€œWhen you do that you have more quality, you can play better football.â€
â€œWhen you donâ€™t, itâ€™s about upsetting bigger and better teams, itâ€™s about embarrassing them and itâ€™s something you donâ€™t get credit for. â€œ
â€œYouâ€™re doing it with lesser players and that makes you better than them.”
“But it also means people start saying youâ€™re something youâ€™re not.â€
The only negative with Sam was what type of game would he play since Bolton had been accused of playing the long ball and playing some boring stuff. We think that’ll be a complete red herring because in the first 45 minutes on Saturday, dare I say it, we looked a class outfit and that’s without six senior players still unavailable through injury.
Sam has worked some magic on some of our existing players too, such as Oba Martins and Charles N’Zogbia, both of which had outstanding games. Not sure where Sam is going to play young Charles once Jose Enrique comes in at left back â€“ but he needs to find a spot for him somewhere â€“ he’s that good.
Much credit has to go to Newcastle’s board and in particular Chairman Chris Mort who seems to have slotted in nicely and supported Sam very well over the last few weeks. He certainly gives a professional look to our club, and we think he’ll represent Newcastle United very well. We just hope he’s not an interim chairman since his wife and kids are still back in their home in North London.
One thing that was very noticeable in the game on Saturday were just how organized we were. The commentators at the game kept pointing out that every single Newcastle player knew exactly what he had to do at all times and in all situations.
Is it possible that Sam’s the Man for Newcastle. We think so.