Sam Allardyce had a long interview with the League Manager’s Association (LMA) on Thursday, which we mentioned in our Major News Stories yesterday. We’ll take a look at just a few of the things Sam said.
In Sam’s comments lie some of the reasons he has been so successful in bringing foreign players into Bolton, and having them perform so well for the club.
Sam Allardyce – full of wisdom on how to manage foreign players in England
Sam always said he wanted players with Premiership experience to bolster his squad, as well as a mixture of foreign talent new to the English game. Sam is confident he has achieved that with his new squad at Newcastle, as he is determined to move forward quickly in taking the Magpies back to greatness.
This is what Sam told the LMA yesterday:
“I think my initial intake into the football club in terms of players was how much Premiership experience is out there and how quickly can we get it in.”
“So we ended up with Mark Viduka who is an experienced player and Geremi from Chelsea who is a very experienced Premier League player.â€
“Then we had the younger end by purchasing Joey Barton and Alan Smith, so there was a great capture of four very, very experienced players in the Premier League.”
“Two still what we call of prime age in Alan and Joey and two of the experienced age which is Mark and Geremi.”
Big Sam firmly believes it is very important to allow foreign players a settling-in period as he went on:
“The experience of the Premier League is crucial to bringing you success.”
“Behind that you find players from abroad now as well as developing your own players in your own academy.â€
“That’s where a lot of clubs over the last few years have slipped up, where the foreign element has made up a lot of the intake they’ve been asked to play immediately and then found life difficult to adjust.â€
“They’ve then got a lot of criticism for the way they’ve performed because the expectation was so much bigger that they couldn’t actually deliver, until they got used to a change of culture, environment, and language.”
Sam’s doing exactly this at Newcastle, where he’s allowing players such as Cacapa and Enrique to settle in first and ensure everything is OK with them – before he even puts them in the team to start playing for Newcastle. This is one of the things that makes Sam great â€“ he really looks after his players.
And they know that, and go out and perform well for him. It’s really only common sense but how surprising is it that very few managers take care of their players. It’s simply a win-win situation for both player and manager.
We can see it happening at Newcastle â€“ and it’s so exciting to see a squad being built at the club that will win honors in the not too distant future. It’s also great to have an experienced and mature manager like Sam Allardyce managing the club – there’s never been one dull moment so far.