Sam Allardyce has made a great start to his Newcastle management career by bringing in 7 good players to bolster the squad â€“ which is now looking much stronger from when he took over in mid-May.
But like many managers in the Premiership, and many people not even in football, he is driven on by fear and in his case â€“ fear of the sack.
Let’s listen to what Sam has to say about this â€“ he’s as truthful as ever.
Sam Allardyce - driven on by fear of the sack – we hope he’s at Newcastle for many years to come
Sam Allardyce talked about managing his first competitive game at St. James’ Park tonight.
â€œI hope the welcome is bigger at the end of the game than the beginning. The Premier League is a cruel place and there is no guarantee things will go your way.â€
â€œThat is why it is so exciting but also why there is a huge amount of pressure on us. You can turn things around or just as quickly things can start to go a bit sour.â€
â€œWe all live in fear of the sack. That is what drives us on more than anything else. We all want to bring success to our clubs but we all want to avoid the sack.â€
Sam is starting to have a lot more choice now that some players are coming back from injury. Michael Owen is unlikely to start with Mark Viduka and Obafemi Martins to continue their partnership up front.
Sam is relishing the prospect of having all three of his top strikers fully fit and ready to restore the Newcastle tradition of fine attacking play. Certainly Mark and Oba and the rest of our players looked a dominant attacking force against Bolton last week.
â€œMarkâ€™s goal tally is unquestioned as is Michaelâ€™s if he stays fit.”
“Obaâ€™s goals were great for his first year and we hope he will get even better.â€
Finally an update on the injury situation at Newcastle and it’s looking better. In the PhysioRoom League Table Manchester United top the league with 8 injuries and Newcastle are now down to 11th place with 5 injuries. Emre is now back in training from his ankle injury.
The players still injured are:
S Given Groin no return date A Luque Groin Strain 18th Aug 07 C Babayaro Groin 26th Aug 07 J Barton Broken Metatarsal 17th Sep 07 D Duff Ankle Surgery Nov 07
By this time next week Luque and Babayaro should also have returned to training â€“ so things are looking up on the injury front â€“ touch wood. We also hope we can bring in an extra 3 players before 31st August with Faye being the first from Bolton.Â That one seems to be taking some time although we’ve been told it will happen – not sure what’s going on but we’ll see.
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