Sam Allardyce’s excellent start to the season has seen most fans immediately take to the big man.
Certainly his work in the transfer market in the summer netted Newcastle not only a huge change of player personnel, but the squad is now much stronger than it was last year.
Sam is well aware that the support of Newcastle fans is important to him as he tries to get Newcastle challenging in the top 4, and attempts to bring a first trophy to the club for over 38 years.
Sam Allardyce – relationship with the fans so important
One thing that surprised us about Sam is his communication skills which are of the highest caliber. He seems able to describe things very well and very easily. The second thing that surprised us is Sam’s knowledge of both training and injury prevention techniques and the third thing was his vast general knowledge of world football.
As we have said before no wonder Sam interviewed so well for the England job. To us, Sam is on the leading edge of managers in this country, and his preparation for games seems second to none.
Sam has talked to the Shields Gazette this morning where he discusses just how important it is to keep a good communication going with the Newcastle fan base, which of course is huge throughout the world. He insists that speaking to fans â€“ whether it be in person or through the media â€“ is an extremely important aspect to his Newcastle job.
Allardyce told the Shields Gazette this morning:
“My communication to the supporters is as important to them as anything else â€“ I don’t mind having a chat with them wherever it might be.â€“I don’t mind anybody stopping me wherever it is, as long as it’s not abusive and detrimental.”
Allardyce is a realist, if nothing else, and knows there will be times when his relationship with fans will be tested. Sam trusts it will then be strong enough to survive the inevitable stresses of his first season at the club â€“ as he went on:
“I’m trying to build a relationship with them, and the first thing to do is to win football matches. Fans will always be affectionate towards you if you do that.â€“I hope they like what I’m trying to do and the commitment I’m showing to the club. I hope they’ll appreciate that.â€
“For me, it’s important that the fans are on my side, because it gives us a bit more time when it doesn’t go so well, and there will be times it won’t.”
Sam has made a good start to his Newcastle career and certainly the expectations of the Newcastle fan base is as high as it has been for at least 10 years. But Sam will keep the players’ feet firmly on the ground however well the team performs this season. One thing you will never see from a Sam Allardyce coached team is over-confidence.
Onward and upward.