Sam Allardyce has been talking to Luke Edwards of the Newcastle Journal this morning. Sam always has something interesting and insightful to say so we always like to cover his interviews on this site.
We’ll give our own analysis and then let our readers give their own opinions on Sam’s comments.
Sam is relaxing right now after the transfer window closed a week ago, but let’s see what he said to Luke this morning.
Sam Allardyce – sees plenty of reasons to be happy about Newcastle so far
â€œI think there are plenty of reasons to be positive at the moment.,â€ â€œWeâ€™ve had a good start to the season, weâ€™re unbeaten in five games, challenging at the top end of the table and into the next round of the Carling Cup. Iâ€™m pleased with how things have gone.â€
â€œIt has been a hard first four months, but a rewarding one. When I arrived there was a lot to sort out, not just in getting the squad right, but also in terms of getting things sorted behind the scenes as well. The transfer window is a stressful time for any manager but perhaps more so for me because I was taking over at a new club.â€
â€œI donâ€™t think the transfer window is something managers enjoy, but Iâ€™m satisfied with the players that we have brought in and the squad is stronger now than it was.â€
Big Sam has brought in a total of 9 new players, with as many as 12 players leaving the club. Sam has said many times that he believes the squad can only get stronger as the new players to the Premiership get used to the demands of the Premier League.
â€œThe early signs have been good and we will get stronger as the new players settle in. We have brought in a lot of foreign players and they will have to adapt to English football, which can take time.”
“Itâ€™s our job to get them settled in as quickly as possible so that they can make an impact in the Premier League.â€
With so many players away on international duty at the senior and Under-21 level the last thing we want is players returning to the club injured next week. There are 14 players away on international duty right now. Sam went on:
â€œIâ€™m already looking forward to getting the players who have been away on international duty back and looking to build on the start we have.”
“Obviously when you have something like 14 players away on international duty it is a slightly nervous time because you donâ€™t want any of them to come back with an injury.â€
â€œThere havenâ€™t been many players left at the training ground this week, but hopefully when those that have been away return next week, theyâ€™ll all be fit an available for the game at Derby County.â€
The next challenge for Newcastle is to win a week on Monday at bottom placed Derby County. If you would like to join the discussion of this game here it is in our Newcastle United Forum. There have already been lots of comments on the game. A win will not be as easy as it looks on paper as Derby are already fighting for their Premiership existence. However, with the squad we now have it is certainly possible and even probable that we can get all 3 points. A clean sheet and a win is all we’re asking 😀
Comments very welcome.