Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has just returned from a little time off after his whirlwind first 3 months in the Newcastle manager job, when he knew he had to move fast to build up the Newcastle squad he had inherited.
And move fast is what Sam did â€“ let’s just say he moved at lightning speed to make some of the best acquisitions the club has seen for a long time.
Sam has managed to bring 9 players in for a net cost to the club of round â‚¤10M and they all seem like good buys from what we can ascertain.
Sam Allardyce – has made a fantastic start to his job as Newcastle manager
The squad appears so much stronger than it looked when he first came in, and Sam, forever the pessimist, even admits to being “extremely happy” with his work both on and off the field at Newcastle.
To Sam’s credit he has managed to get the job done even though there was disruption going on at the club. Newcastle United was bought out and taken private by Mike Ashley and new chairman Chris Mort then replaced Freddy Shepherd. Sam gives due credit to Ashley and Mort for helping him get the players he had targeted. From our viewpoint, it’s a long time since the management worked so well and so effectively together at Newcastle â€“ a really long time.
Big Sam says he is now ready for the next phase of the operation, happy in the knowledge that he has put in place a solid infrastructure upon which to build for this season.
This is what Sam said to www.nufc.co.uk this afternoon:
“This is the first real opportunity to reassess and take a few days break and get ready for the next phase,” “And I must admit I’m extremely happy with everything.â€
“The new owner and the new chairman have all worked together to secure the additions to the playing staff, and we have done some extremely good business over the short period of time I’ve been here and have transformed the squad.â€
“Now we look forward to getting all those players working together.”
And it’s not just the new players that Sam takes satisfaction in as he has also hired some top-rate talent for his very important back-room team.
Sam went on:
“Behind-the-scenes, the quality of staff has improved,” “We have found highly-qualified members of staff who can do specific jobs to support the players – which is the most important thing.â€
“Without that support the players can’t perform to their best and that’s a crucial element of us all working together for the same motives and the same goals.”
Sam could not have made much of a better start in the job and we are hoping that this truly is just the start of something very big at the club. With Sam, Chris and Mike all involved and seeming to be all on the same wave length – it certainly seems and feels like something very big is starting at the club. Hope so.