Big Sam Exhausted After Friday’s Transfer Deadline

It turns out that Sam Allardyce had a very hectic Friday as he spent time convincing Beye to join Newcastle and picked up the work permit of Abdoulaye Faye in London.

He was quite exhausted on Saturday after all the goings on of the previous day (and night).

Then of course Newcastle’s players delivered for both their manager and fans with a great performance and all 3 points against Wigan Athletic – before the 2 week international break.

That was exactly the tonic Sam needed.


Big Sam – mentally exhausted after Friday’s brutal schedule

This is what Sam told Paul Gilder of the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“This last week – what with the transfer deadline and all the different players coming in and going out – has left me mentally fatigued to say the least,”

“I was in London at 7am on Friday organizing a work permit for Abdoulaye Faye, then I came back (to Newcastle) and spent most of the night sorting out him and Habib Beye.”

“I asked the players to cheer me up and they’ve done that.”

Of course it was a famous victory on Saturday as Newcastle showed great perseverance and maturity after missing chance after chance against Wigan, throughout the game. Finally Martins and Owen combined for a wonderful Michael Owen goal on 87 minutes which took all 3 points against a brave and hard working Wigan side, in which goalkeeper Chris Kirkland was outstanding.

Chairman Chris Mort added:

“When I called Sam to tell him we had got the two players, I think he was the happiest man in Newcastle,”

Although Beye was introduced to Newcastle fans wearing Newcastle’s black and white stripes, Abdoulaye Faye was with the Senegal squad in Dakar, having been granted permission by Allardyce to join up

Big Sam – who is extremely popular in Newcastle because of his hard work and the impressive way he has started his Newcastle career, went on:

“It’s great for everyone who works at Newcastle, from the top to the bottom, that we have secured these players and all the others we’ve brought in,”

“We’re all newcomers, but we’re all working towards the same goal.”

“We’re all still getting to know each other and, perhaps more importantly, all the players and staff are getting to know me, finding out what I’m looking for and what I demand from them.”

“I’ve brought all these people in, increased the level of the staff by 50%, and it has all been done in three months. There’s still a long way to go and a lot to learn but things will only get better.”

“We’re still learning about people’s strengths and weaknesses and that doesn’t happen overnight.”

“What’s important is that we are winning football matches. We all live on results. Winning these games means we haven’t got that continual pressure and that the confidence will continue to build.”

Allardyce has assembled Newcastle’s strongest squad in recent times, as we pointed out in our article this morning. Team selection now is going to be a nice headache for Sam to sort out each week because there is competition in every position on the field and players will be fighting it out for the starting positions.

That competition showed in Newcastle’s performance on Saturday because there was never any doubt whatsoever that every player on the field was giving their all in the Newcastle cause. The crowd responded in kind by cheering their team on right until the end – and never turned against them for the missed chances. That’s something Sam has asked for from the crowd and he’s getting that positive support from them. After all, it’s all in Newcastle’s favor.

The commitment from the Newcastle players is only one of the many positive changes Sam Allardyce has already engineered at Newcastle – and by his own admission – there’s more to come. We can’t wait and Newcastle fans cannot believe their luck in having Sam managing the club. There’s no doubt Sam seems inspired in the Newcastle job. He’ll feel even more euphoria once he gets Newcastle where they should be – at the top – and we truly believe that’s now a good possibility with the management structure in place at the club.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • geordiejordan

    Sep 3, 2007 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #1

    saw on a leeds fan site that they quote huntington’s price @ 150k….

  • Stephen

    Sep 3, 2007 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Big Sam is a legend in my eyes always wanted him to replace Sir Bobby finally my wish came through this season…….

    He is very under rated just because he was at Bolton people didnt rate him because he was at a small club and he got them into the top 6 with no money spent he deserved credit………..

    He gets 3 million a year he is worth every dime you look at people like Luque who doesnt deserve to get that kind of cash………….

    He has worked his socks off big sam in the summer he has had to deal with clauses in but our top 2 strikers also he had to get a good defence in…………

    Just think about next season he has already doing magical things and people forget we are still missing barton and also we aint gelling yet as a team……

    Bring on the next game against Derby away.

  • roscoe

    Sep 3, 2007 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #3

    we only got 150 000 for huntingdon….

  • Bill F

    Sep 3, 2007 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #4

    It’s obvious to anyone with with half a brain that Sam is the new face of management in this country. The old style of running players to exhaustion on the training pitch, a quick shower then sending them home for the rest of the day just don’t do anymore. I believe the players themselves appreciate the extra care and attention to detail as it improves their skill and longevity in the game. Some of the managers that we have had and others that do the rounds of the the lower leagues who get jobs without the knowledge needed for modern football are dinosaurs and are of no real benefit to their clubs. If Sam ever does end up in the England job (not for some time I hope) I just hope we have the sense to get another like him.

  • Lynda

    Sep 3, 2007 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #5

    Must say that I’m massively sorry to see Huntington go. What hope does this departure give our academy lads? I hope Sam can finally start addressing the scandalously low priority given to the academy.

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 3, 2007 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Bill – completely agree about Sam. He’s so much better than we thought – and no wonder he interviewed so well for the England job. It may well be that McClaren goes shortly, should we not do well in next couple of England games – that would make Newcastle fans very nervous – but if it looks like England want him – Mort and Ashley should increase his wages to keep him – if necessary.

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 3, 2007 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #7

    150K for Huntington – that’s ridiculous if true.

  • rich

    Sep 3, 2007 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #8

    Im glad Sam tells us that this is only the beginning, brings a smile to my face.

    I only have one problem with Sam, and thats in interviews he refers to us as ‘Newcastle’ and not ‘us’ if you know what i mean?? maybe itll be a while before he feels totally at home but it just sounds wierd when he says things like ‘Thing thing that newcastle did today…’ when in my eyes it should be ‘The thing that WE did today…’

    but hey, after all the problems weve had this is just a very minor gripe!!!

    cant wait to see the team he picks for Derby.

  • graeme dev

    Sep 3, 2007 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #9

    Imo hunty was worth more than that, just hope they put in a 50% sell on fee, sorry to see him go and wish him all the best,With regards to sam though ,Excellent for us ,but not sure about the england setup, I`l explain why, With the toon he has COMPLETE control over every part of the players he has got, and thats why he will be successful, every finite detail is sorted, If he got the england job he only has the players for maybe 2 or 3 days before a match ,so not sure he could work his magic with the players ,but he will however be a much better tactician than Mclaren and will know a lot more about the fringe players.
    Come on Sam were behind you all the way!!

  • newcastle fan

    Sep 3, 2007 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #10

    BSA is a legend!!!he is the best manager we have had in years!!!

  • Cathal

    Sep 3, 2007 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #11

    beye is a fantastic signing. pity to c huntington go, he shud hav went out on load. he had potential, looked in the woodgate mould.

  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 3, 2007 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #12

    It’s early days but BSA has transformed the squad and back room staff at Newcastle in a very short period. He’s also had the added burden of our new chairman not having any experience as a football club chairman, or transfer dealings, etc and this must have frustrated BSA.

    Regardless, Ash and Mort appear to be exceptional business people, ensuring we pay for what we want and not what the greedy footballer agents think they can get. Well done guys, now the transfer window is closed we can concentate on playing football and making Newcastle United a great football team……

  • Bill F

    Sep 3, 2007 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Ed too right, I would even chip in a tenner myself to keep him.

  • Obafan

    Sep 3, 2007 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #14

    The best transfer of this season IMO is BSA!!!! What a fantastic turnaround in such a short space of time. 3 months ago when Roeder was just out of the club, times were not looking good for Newcastle and look now;

    1. New board who aren’t used to be in the football world, but already delivered fantastic work by doing things slowly and correctly in the transfer window.

    2. BSA creates a completely new team and staff; everything had to be done quickly but it seems already to be working without a doubt.

    3. The new players all look capable of delivering the work for which they are brought into the club. They are all high valued players who add a surplus of quality to the squad. Last years the players brought into the club all looked promising a lot, but finally didn’t find their rhythm and never played at their normal level (Duff, Babayaro, Emre, Luque, ..). I’m sure now with BSA in command that those who stayed at the club will find their rhythm and reach their level (even better).

    4. We had our best start for years and are capable of getting into the top 6 (maybe with a bit of luck in the top 4).

    Keep up the good work folks!!!!!


You must log in to post a comment.