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.
â€œIt is very important for me as a manager for the dressing room to be the right dressing room,â€
â€œYou know when there is a good one and you can smell a bad one.
â€œThe fact that the smell is disappearing gives me great heart and hope for the future for Newcastle United.â€
Since Allardyce came Olivier Bernard, Titus Bramble, Craig Moore, Antoine Sibierski, Scott Parker, Alan Oâ€™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.
â€œRecruiting 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.â€
â€œPeople with the character of Joey Barton and Alan Smith have an effect on other people in the dressing room â€” the right desired effect, not the wrong one.â€
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 â‚¤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.