Sam Allardyce Happy With Things at Newcastle


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 – 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 ₤10M and they all seem like good buys from what we can ascertain.

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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 – 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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.

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40 comments so far

  • Arthur Prince

    Sep 11, 2007 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #1

    Top Manager is BSA I think he has done what so many of us wanted to happen . Its agreat start so lets see what happens and where we are at Xmas that will give us a view as to how good we are compared with the rest of the Teams in the PL

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  • Nick C

    Sep 11, 2007 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s doing my head in waiting for the next games. I had to miss the last home game so I am gagging for West Ham………
    COME ON!!!!!!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 11, 2007 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Bit annoyed Dyer has already broken his leg, i was looking forward to Bowyer breaking it in training or at the Toon game.

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  • JEFFBRUM

    Sep 11, 2007 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #4

    ….. OK , TO BREAK THE BOREDOM – WHAT ABOUT FOR OUT STRONGEST LINE UP……………. GIVEN , BEYE , CACAPA, ROZENTHAL , ENRIQUE , MILNER , BARTON ,GEREMI , NZOGBIA , MARTINS , OWEN. – WHAT DYA THINK ?

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  • JEFFBRUM

    Sep 11, 2007 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #5

    OK ….. TO BREAK THE BOREDOM TILL NEXT WEEK….COMMENTS ON THIS AS BEST POSIBLE LINE-UP. SHAY , BEYE , CACAPA , ROZENTHAL , ENRIQUE , MILNER , GEREMI , BARTON , NZOGBIA , MARTINS , OWEN. ( SUBS- TAYLOR ,BUTT , SMITH , VIDUKA , FAYE )

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  • Mick G

    Sep 11, 2007 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #6

    JEFFBRUM sorry to be boring but that is exactly the line up I would go for except I think we probably need Harper on the bench

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  • JEFFBRUM

    Sep 11, 2007 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #7

    YEAH , OF COURSE …. NEED A GOALIE BACK UP.

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  • Dirk

    Sep 11, 2007 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #8

    barton doesnt star training till the 24th so he’ll miss the game

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  • JEFFBRUM

    Sep 11, 2007 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #9

    …….Was thinking about our strongest line up when all troops are fit.

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  • Andreas

    Sep 11, 2007 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #10

    Think that might be the best XI we can have. However, sadly, I don’t think we’ll ever see it play since my feeling is that BS will stick with his large/little combo up front. I have very few things I don’t like about BS approach, but this obessession not to have to strikers like Owen/Martins playing togheter is one of those few things I don’t agree with.

    Guess time will tell – BS might prove us wrong on this although I have a feeling he’ll stick to Viduka/Ameobi/(Smith) + Owen/Martins when we play 442.

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  • Hadji

    Sep 11, 2007 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #11

    Jeff you want the strongest line up,here’s one for you
    —————Given
    Beye———Cacapa———-Rozehnal———-Jose Enrique
    ————————-Geremi—————————————
    Duff——————Barton—————————Emre
    ——————Martins———-Owen————————

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  • matttom

    Sep 11, 2007 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Viduks – for his entire career I’ve wondered about his skill level, always thinking him a bit of a grade 2 Alan Shearer really. I have been impressed with him now though (we always only really watch our own players) although he’ll never be Shearer and no one will be. But while Viduka has impressed me and I feel he should probably start more often than not this year, the real talent is clearly Owen and all the other strikers are going to have to play around him. Viduk to me is a stop gap (and a very good one) but at the end of the day, Martins is the next best we have after Owen and I do always think you should put your 11 best players on the field.

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  • Hadji

    Sep 11, 2007 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #13

    We do what we do this season but for next season we need to get rid of Viduka and Ameobi.
    Replacement for them:Amauri from Palermo
    In that case we got rid of the huge salary of Viduka and the inconsisteny of Ameobi.
    What we get:One of the best 5 strikers in Italy at the moment and plus there is a extra gap to be filled for Carrol.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 11, 2007 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Amauri is a good player, not as strong as Viduka but defintely handy for the prem, very good in the air. I dont want anymore brazilians though tbf. Ino its not up to me but id rather stick with europeans and english.

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  • Hadji

    Sep 11, 2007 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #15

    I think that we should consider Samir Nasri as an option aswell.I know many of you will be skeptic about this but just remember Van Der Vaart’s case when whole Europe was after him and he joined Hamburg instead.

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  • Obafan

    Sep 11, 2007 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #16

    @ Ed; is it possible to add the pictures of Beye and Faye to the players picture on top of the page? Would be fantastic, then we can see our completely new squad which is a fantastic one. Perhaps Emre is also someone to add (but with the circumstances at the moment a bit unsure).

    My squad would be:
    GIVEN
    BEYE – CACAPA – ROZEHNAL – ENRIQUE
    GEREMI – BARTON – N’ZOGBIA – DUFF (when fit, for now n’Zogbia on the left and Faye next to Barton to assure our defenseive backup from our midfield)
    OWEN – MARTINS

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 11, 2007 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Nasri would not join us, neither VDV that is a fact. We are looking for an playmaker who can also play on the right wing. Banel Nicolita, need i say more.

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  • dragoner

    Sep 11, 2007 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #18

    hadj, considering samir nasri is touted as the next zinedine zidane i doubt we will ever see him at the toon.

    i think Big Sam would play Obagoal and Owen up front together if we had height in the midfield to make up for their lack of it, but as it stands, the only players who would reali put pressure on defence from wing play and set pieces would be our back four…however he MAY play martins and owen up front if we play Faye in CM

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  • Hadji

    Sep 11, 2007 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #19

    Tom Toon…Yes you need to say more.That was a hell of a owngoal there by Nicolita,maybe he needs to check before he passes the ball next time.
    I’m really sick of average players trying to lift Newcastle to the top.
    Tom Toon…now you go and check Pablo Ledesma from Boca Juniors.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 11, 2007 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #20

    To be perfectly honestly Hadji you are coming up with the most unrealistic players that would come, for one half of them wouldnt suit us and two half of them wouldnt come in the first place. Nicolita scored a bad own goal he is also one of the best talents in romania and probably on current form, europe.

    We need a RW who can play CM – Nicolita
    We always talk about having someone proud mto wear the shirt and wants to play football – heres our man.

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  • Hadji

    Sep 11, 2007 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #21

    Well if i’m talking about unrealistic players like you say Tom Toon,then Owen should,t be in Newcastle at all then.
    And how Hamburg got VDV when nobody in Europe could do it then.What made Hamburg better than us at that time.
    Why is Pablo Ledesma unrealistic for you and what’s with that agenda of your’s that you don’t prefer Brazilians and in this case..Argentinians.
    Why only English and Europeans?

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  • Hadji

    Sep 11, 2007 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #22

    I mean shouldn’t

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  • Hadji

    Sep 11, 2007 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #23

    Forgot to mention the same for Martins

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 11, 2007 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #24

    Wasnt speaking about Ledesma as you didnt outline him as a players you want, simply ‘go and check’. VDV wanted to develop at that time, now he is developed into one of the worlds best he wouldnt want to move to any other team than a regular CL team.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 11, 2007 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Sam as Kompany moving to Hamburg. As a stepping stone/

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  • dragoner

    Sep 11, 2007 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Hadj i understand what your saying about owen and martins, but both were out of favour or on the brink of being out of favour at their club, whereas if VDV or Nasri were available we would face a long line of competition and we would lose unless we fell into the trap of promising crazy wages…something no one wants to ever hear about again

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  • Hadji

    Sep 11, 2007 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #27

    Tom Toon…Just please go on YouTube and check his goal against River Plate.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 11, 2007 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #28

    one goal. You can see quality from that, but im not going to judge a player on one goal.

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  • Hadji

    Sep 11, 2007 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Ohhh my god Tom Toon,you saw only that goal,the guy scored 5 goals out of 6 games this season.
    Never mind my friend,you’ll be talking about this guy in few years from now how imposible is for us to get him when he’ll be playing in some of the top teams in Europe.
    The guy is a TALENT,but i’m not gonna go into details,but if we dont get him now,we’ll never get him in the future.

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  • Hadji

    Sep 11, 2007 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #30

    Pablo Ledesma is ranked second scorer in Argentina at the moment and he’s only a midfielder.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 11, 2007 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #31

    There are so many players like that it is incredible and id say of what i know off 20% live up to expectations?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 11, 2007 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #32

    And not to mention that guy will not fit the bill for BSA or maybe even the premiership however there are some exceptions. Just by the build of Pablo Ledesma he looks about as strong as a 13 year old. I cba with all these Ledesmas there are so many i get confused,, christian, pable, christian again.

    Banel Nicolita is the way to go, so similar to Milner in play and mentality and that what we all love to see.

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  • dragoner

    Sep 12, 2007 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #33

    i cant b bothered to look up Ledesma can someone just give me an insight into what type of player this guys is, e.g. castillo style player, ballack style player, Anderson style player etc

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  • Hadji

    Sep 12, 2007 at 3:05 AM

    Comment #34

    Tom Toon…I said that i won’t go into details but you leave me no choise.First of all i wont even bother to demant you about your comment that Ledesma’s structure is like a 13 year old boy which i think its highly pathetic and leads to nothing.
    I live in Eastern Europe in a very small country which has only 2mill population and that is Macedonia.
    Macedonia is also very close to Romania,about 1 hour flight.So i know about Romanian football more than you do cause i work with them(I work on the ships) and i go to Bucharest to see my cousin who plays profesional basketball for Dynamo Bucharest.
    One thing about Romanian talents such as Banel Nicolita would never ever be good if they come straight to Newcastle.I’ll give you couple of examples.
    Chivu….Who the hell was Chivu while in Universatea de Craiova,only a small tallent nothing special,Ajax bought him for 250 000$ and made him a world class player.
    Mittea…Same thing,for 400 000$ they made him a great squad member(Injury prone i must say)but still an excellent asset to the team.
    Mutu….One of the best Romanian talents of the new millenium,had to spent 2 years on loan in Verona and one year in Parma before his move in Chelsea.
    The bottom line is that Newcastle ‘s school is no match to Ajax or Parma,Newcastle should buy when the player is ready for a move to a big club.Banel Nicolita must go to Ajax,Psv,Parma,Atalanta,Lazio,or even Leeds(presyming if they were in the championship league).
    If he plays 2 years at least in one of those clubs i listed then it would be a different story.
    We had one player who was considered the best young talent in portugal,Hugo Viana remember.
    We should have loaned Viana in our first season straight after we bought him but we let that guy to lose his form completely.Why’s that…Cause we don’t have a good school for talents,that’s why.Cause we never ever paid attention to our young products.Just look what Wenger did from Henry when everybody thought that he’s finished after his spell in Juventus.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 12, 2007 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #35

    If i was to say i was Romanian that wouldnt make a difference to you as you seen very Stuborn and you think Ledesma is more suited to the premiership atm compared to Nicolita. That is a very stupid judgement. Its the other way around.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 12, 2007 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #36

    seem*

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  • Hadji

    Sep 12, 2007 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #37

    Ok whateever kid

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  • Hadji

    Sep 12, 2007 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #38

    Its not about stuborness Tom Toon,what pisses me off is the fact that you obviously know nothing about football and you’re trying to be smart with puting some players in comparison with one of the biggest talents in Argentina.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 12, 2007 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #39

    Hardly one of the biggest talents considering he is already 23.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 12, 2007 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #40

    and for that there are so many of these so called ‘talents’ in latin america. 20% if that make it.

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