Big Sam’s Lessons in Managing Foreign Players

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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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 – 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 – 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.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Lamesley Mag

    Aug 17, 2007 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #1

    BSA has done very well in the transfer market so far. Hopefully Faye will turn out to be a good purchase, leaving the purchase of a good quality RB and cover for Dyer (Solano if he leaves) before the end of August.

    Carr has taken a lot of stick for the Bolton goal and although he’s not the fastest of fullbacks, he’ll do a good job for Newcastle if he stays fit. So let’s get behind him and the rest of the team as Big Sam is creating some thing big on Tyneside…….

  • CheeBye

    Aug 17, 2007 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Carr was not only slow against Anelka that time. He showed a lack of marking as he let Anelka drift the the left and was free of marker. By the time Nolan through passed to him, Carr was too far away to catch up.

    Very poor marking, positioning sense IMO.

  • Tito

    Aug 17, 2007 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #3

    Carr was not only slow against Anelka that time. He showed a lack of marking as he let Anelka drift the the left and was free of marker. By the time Nolan through passed to him, Carr was too far away to catch up.

    Very poor marking, positioning sense IMO. He gotta wake up from his idea, or get out.

  • aaron

    Aug 17, 2007 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #4

    on the west ham website Dyer states that he would be happy to play any where for west ham whether that be striker, center middfield, left wing or right wing or even full back, what a wanker.

  • Ahmed Bilal

    Aug 17, 2007 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #5

    aaron – change of environment can do that to you – dyer wants to play and wants to be a star and wants to play for England – he’s going to make these noises for now.

    big sam, i’ve seen, talks a lot of common sense. he’s a good talker, if nothing else 🙂 of course, he’s also a good manager, but you shouldn’t forget that other managers are doing the same thing, most of the time.

  • Amornthep K

    Aug 17, 2007 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #6


    Quite an interesting article, may be we can somehow post it up here to show ambition and discipline that NU is moving into right direction

  • Stami

    Aug 17, 2007 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Dyer = WANKER!!! he moved to a smaller club, cause he couldnt cut it with us, new managment, who saw him for his true worth, new players! he didnt like the fact that he wasnt the ‘golden boy’ anymore! his loss, not ours…

    BLOODY TRAITOR…break a leg

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 17, 2007 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Amornthep K – i’ll put it in the daily update – thanks.

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 17, 2007 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Amornthep K – i see the article is from George Caulkin – he’s one of our favorite writers on NUFC – always good stuff from George.


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