Allardyce Says Dressing Room Stank at Newcastle

Sam Allardcye has done a great job in the short time he has been at the club.

But now he has talked of how things were when he first arrived and as we suspected all was not good.

Sam talked to the Sunday Sun today and said when he first arrived at Newcastle the dressing room stank.


Sam Allardyce – dressing room atmosphere has improved greatly

In the months Sam’s been here he’s brought in seven players and let about as many go and it looks like things have improved a lot.

Sam said:

“It is very important for me as a manager for the dressing room to be the right dressing room,”

“You know when there is a good one and you can smell a bad one.

“The fact that the smell is disappearing gives me great heart and hope for the future for Newcastle United.”

Since Allardyce came Olivier Bernard, Titus Bramble, Craig Moore, Antoine Sibierski, Scott Parker, Alan O’Brien, Kieron Dyer and now Albert Luque leave for pastures new. Albert Luque signed a three-year deal with Ajax yesterday, having turned down Real Betis, Benfica, Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven before deciding on the Amsterdam team.

Sam continued:

“Recruiting tough men as well as quality players is the level we are competing at. There is no room for boys in this game at this level.”

“People with the character of Joey Barton and Alan Smith have an effect on other people in the dressing room — the right desired effect, not the wrong one.”

Allardyce is still hopeful of striking a deal for Bolton utility man Abdoulaye Faye. This deal seems to have dragged on an awful long time. But Faye was again left out of the squad that beat Reading 3-0 yesterday at the Reebok, so we still think this deal will be done. Anything we got from Albert Luque should help as far as the transfer fee goes but we cannot believe we wouldn’t pay ₤2M for the Senegalese player.

Having moved Luque off the books there is now a good chance we can bring in a right back and the news today again concentrates on the Chelsea pair Glen Johnson and Lassana Diarra. Either one of these would improve the squad.

There’s only 5 days left in the transfer window so at least we won’t have to wait too long to find out.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Hammy

    Aug 26, 2007 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #1

    One bad apple rots the cart? Dyer must have been one rancid granny smith…..
    Glad to see BSA restoring peace and goodwill in the SJP dressing room, as in any workplace there will be gossip and back stabbing….the only difference with footballers is the knives are gold plated.
    A great atmosphere can only be beneficial for the players and if Big Sam can tie up a couple of signings this week things will be looking good for the coming season.

  • Hammy

    Aug 26, 2007 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Any news on how Barton’s injury is progressing????

  • toonfan1

    Aug 26, 2007 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #3

    barton is ready for a late september return Hammy!!!

  • Archie Brand

    Aug 26, 2007 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    We’ve had Dyer, Ameobi and Owen being paid a fortune for being sick,
    Luque the same for a couple of cameos and a dive in the reserves,
    Our shining light 2 seasons ago, N’Zogbia, couldn’t get a game last season and for most of the 2006/2007 the average age of our defence was twelve and a half. Then there was Titus.
    Bowyer and Bellamy seem to be having such a good time winding everybody up at West Ham that Dyer has decided to join them. Presumably the family he needs to be close to are his “Bro’s”
    No disrespect to Sam – I think he’s a star – but that’s one dressing room you wouldn’t need to enter with a Davy Lamp and a Canary to discover that something didn’t smell right!
    I just hope he can pull in a right back this week so that for the first time in years we have a defence that’s a little more convincing than O J Simpsons.

  • Matthew Tom

    Aug 26, 2007 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Isn’t it great to finally have a manager that seems to understand that talent isn’t everything? To hear him talking about character and toughness, and to be bringing in people like Barton and Smith, refocusing potentially great players like Butt and getting rid of lightweight crybabies like Dyer and Luque, it is all good news as far as I’m concerned.

  • Swanx

    Aug 26, 2007 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    I don’t think it was just Dyer that was the bad apple. I think when some of the players saw that people were playing bad and misbehaving and being paid massive wages, they would have just thought “Whats the point of trying, if these are being paid fortunes do doing nothing at all”.

  • Graeme

    Aug 26, 2007 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Great work by BSA. Long may it continue – its the players and ultimately US, the fans, who will benefit from all of this, plus of course the club itself!

  • Beastie

    Aug 26, 2007 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #8

    I have just read nicky butts article, saying players were just turning up not givin there all and expecting 1st team places, he said he was one of them! but he has turned himself round into the player he used to be, other players babayaro is a joke am sorry like but the chelsea lads must of been carryin him every season, get rid of him!

  • Graham

    Aug 26, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #9

    In my opinion (and i may get slated for this) is that the apple tree in the dressing room has been rotten to the core for years and one of the main culprits (of which there were many) was Alan Shearer. Yes – on the pitch he was a legend and rightly so; but for 1 player to have so much power at a club is totally wrong. You have to blame the likes of Shepherd and Robson too for letting it get that way.

    Dyer may have been a bad apple – but he was infected by a much bigger source.

    On a happier note, finally we seem to be going in the right direction – lets all get behind the team and support them in a propoer way – no more booing – we dont want the terraces to become rotten as well…

  • Darren

    Aug 26, 2007 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #10

    I’ll agree that many players at Newcastle had their noses put out of joint while Shearer was here, however he earned his place in this clubs history and was entitled to certain privilages he was afforded in his latter years. As young pro’s they should have looked at him and thought “thats what I aspire to” instead of being overcome with jealousy.

    I would have rather had a dressingroom full of Shearers than a room full of Bellamys/Dyers etc etc.


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