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 â€“ 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:
â€œThis last week â€“ what with the transfer deadline and all the different players coming in and going out â€“ has left me mentally fatigued to say the least,â€
â€œI 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 theyâ€™ve done that.â€
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:
â€œWhen I called Sam to tell him we had got the two players, I think he was the happiest man in Newcastle,â€
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 â€“ who is extremely popular in Newcastle because of his hard work and the impressive way he has started his Newcastle career, went on:
â€œItâ€™s great for everyone who works at Newcastle, from the top to the bottom, that we have secured these players and all the others weâ€™ve brought in,â€
â€œWeâ€™re all newcomers, but weâ€™re all working towards the same goal.”
“Weâ€™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 Iâ€™m looking for and what I demand from them.â€
â€œIâ€™ve brought all these people in, increased the level of the staff by 50%, and it has all been done in three months. Thereâ€™s still a long way to go and a lot to learn but things will only get better.”
“Weâ€™re still learning about peopleâ€™s strengths and weaknesses and that doesnâ€™t happen overnight.â€
â€œWhatâ€™s important is that we are winning football matches. We all live on results. Winning these games means we havenâ€™t got that continual pressure and that the confidence will continue to build.â€
Allardyce has assembled Newcastleâ€™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 â€“ 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 â€“ and by his own admission â€“ 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.