N’Zogbia Great Example Of Sam’s Management Abilities


Charles N’Zogbia was ready to leave the club after the last day of last season when he had another confrontation with then manager Glenn Roeder.

Fans expected him to leave but when Sam Allardyce came in as manager Charles has worked very hard in training and produced the best form ever at Newcastle.

So much so that he has been capped by the France Under-21 side and has probably been Newcastle’s best player with 2 goals from the left-back position.

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Charles N’Zogbia
– showing his best form ever at Newcastle under Big Sam’s guidance

Charles was interviewed yesterday by our official web-site www.nufc.co.uk and he comes across now as so very keen for the club he has just signed a new 5 year contract with. Some of this change in attitude and form has to go down to the way Big Sam handles his players.

Charles believes there is no reason why Newcastle United cannot challenge for a place in the Champions League within the next few seasons. The 21-year-old is confident Newcastle can challenge for a spot in Europe’s premier competition.

Let’s see what Charles told www.nufc.co.uk yesterday.

“We have made a good start to this season and I think we have to aim for the a top six finish,” “After that why not the Champions League? “This is a big club with great fans and a fantastic stadium and we can challenge at the top of the table.”

“We have a good, big strong squad and there will be a lot of competition for places,” “Even in training I think you’ll see a lot of competitiveness and that is what you need.”

But Charles is adamant he is now happy to play in any position Big Sam asks of him, adding:

“Even if I’m left-back I’m happy to do what the manager wants.” “I do not mind where I play and I feel I can play in any position, left-back, left-midfield or in the center.

“I will do my best wherever I play and I’m very happy with my start to the season.”

We think a lot of Newcastle fans are also happy with the start Charles has made to the season. After a bright start to his Newcastle career he didn’t fair well at Newcastle, especially last season. But he is now back better than ever. We think that has a lot to do with the way Sam manages his players and also shows great fortitude from Charles himself. Long may it continue.

Comments always very welcome.



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14 comments so far

  • Magjp

    Sep 12, 2007 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Cant wait to see Nzogbia in a midfield position…

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  • Nick

    Sep 12, 2007 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #2

    Well … it boils down to man-management skills. England’s loss, Newcastles’ gain. 🙂

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  • big pea ov the weab

    Sep 12, 2007 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #3

    zogs the man ….another great peice ov managerial skills by big sam

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  • Len Smith

    Sep 12, 2007 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #4

    He’s a diamond this lad, an absolute diamond. Only negative is he’s French?

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  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 12, 2007 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #5

    Zog has so much natural flare and ability for someone so young; shame he’s not English!

    Whatever went wrong last season is water under the bridge as BSA is getting the best out of Zog this season; i.e. in defence and in attack……

    Can’t see Duff getting back in the side when Zog returns to LW, can you?

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  • Dingo

    Sep 12, 2007 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #6

    I would love to be a fly on the wall for one of BSA ‘talks’…

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  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 12, 2007 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #7

    Len – let’s not hold that against him 😀

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  • Dave

    Sep 12, 2007 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #8

    HE’S FRENCH. I could have sworn he was from the west of ireland. Damn

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  • Lin

    Sep 12, 2007 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Duff can also play in the LB. How about Duff and Zog starting at the time and swap their positions fluently?

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  • John

    Sep 12, 2007 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #10

    Zoggy Zoggy Zoggy Oi Oi Oi.

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  • dragoner

    Sep 12, 2007 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #11

    i reali want to see enrique and zog, play together on the left, whilst duff works his way back into the squad, everybody loves zoggy, i just bought my new no.14 shirt 🙂

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  • dragoner

    Sep 12, 2007 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #12

    just imagine how good this guy could be now if Souness and Roeder hadn’t been such idiots

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  • Mart

    Sep 12, 2007 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Zog on the Tyne

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  • big pea ov the weab

    Sep 12, 2007 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #14

    thats sams favourite song zog on the tyne hes all mine all mine(lets just hope hes better than gazzas version)

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