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Big Sam Thinks Newcastle Team Will Improve

9:30 am, Saturday, September 15th, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

Sam talked today about how unsafe it is being a Premiership manager.

He looks at the predicament of Billy Davies, the manager of newly promoted Derby County, who have got only a single point from their first 5 games and are stuck at the very bottom of the table.

Billy is coming under extreme pressure, even though he has just got his side promoted to the Premiership.

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Sam Allardyce - rearranging the Newcastle chess board

Sam told the Journal this morning:

“If you don’t win any of your first five games at the start of the season you’re going to be the first one sacked – we’ve already seen the massive pressure that has been heaped on managers this season – look at Billy Davies and Martin Jol.”

“That sort of pressure becomes detrimental to your players.”

Newcastle of course have made their best start in the last 10 seasons and will be looking to pick up another 3 points on Monday. Sam will probably struggle with who he will play against Derby, given all the competition for places in the Newcastle squad. Allardyce has acknowledged a number of times that Newcastle’s good start to the season has given him the time he needs to get the very best out of a squad that includes 9 new players, not counting any of the new staff he has also brought in.

Sam continued:

“We want to grow together and stay in the top half of the Premier League,”

“The most important thing is a good start to stop people putting pressure on you. You’ve got to stop people putting pressure on yourself and your players and the best way you can do that is with a good start.”

Of course Sam points out that both players and the back-room staff are still getting to know each other and once this is accomplished, which of course takes time, Sam thinks the squad will start performing even better. Sam continued:

“We’re still getting to know each other – the players and the back-room staff – but we’re undefeated and we want to stay undefeated after Derby,”

“We’re still gelling, but if we keep improving we should win more games than we lose.” “I’m confident we can grow in confidence and become better than we are. I’m never completely satisfied, but I’m very happy with this squad of players I’ve got. We can be better than what I achieved at Bolton.”

Certainly all Newcastle fans seem right behind new manager Allardcye and impressive new Chairman Christopher Mort, and a win at Derby will only heighten the new excitement and expectation which is at Newcastle.

Comments welcome.



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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Graeme // Sep 15, 2007 at 9:46 AM

    What can you say!!! BSA has assembled the sort of squad we havent seen at SJP for far too many years. That of course brings its own problems, in trying to keep everyone happy. The players must know that they cant all play every week and accept BSA will play the team he thinks is the one for the game being played.

    With a good run in the cups, we will need every player we have, so they will all get games. Its a problem BSA must be delighted to have though!!! Next game against Derby – lambs to the slaughter – hopefully.

  • 2 Hadji // Sep 15, 2007 at 10:14 AM

    When the players respect their manager and would give 110% on the pitch for him,that’s the winning formula against any team in the Premiership.
    Its not only the players who support BSA its also the fans and the board,which makes us one big happy family.
    Because of that we’re showing great results,i know many of you would disagree by mentioning our easy fixtures.
    You know sometimes its much harder to beat smaller teams in this case Wigan,but you never know how we’re gonna perform against the big teams.
    With BSA leadership,the way he motivates and inspiry our players we could beat those big 4 teams cause for the fact they are used beating us in the past so they’ll take us for granted again maybe.
    You see,that’s our advantage against them.We will suprize them and beat them on SJP.
    My biggest desire is to beat Man Utd this year,a full satisfactory.

  • 3 Bryan // Sep 15, 2007 at 10:20 AM

    Top players must realise that its ok stating in the media that they are happy to fight for their place, but when its comes to them sitting on the bench their the first to get the hump. If we are to be successful this year it is very important that all the players stop thinking in personal terms and think in terms for the good of NUFC. Work hard and fight to wear the shirt. If you are not in the team, work and fight harder until you are. This will only be to the benifit of the club. I am sure all the players will do this under Sam.

  • 4 Lull // Sep 15, 2007 at 10:24 AM

    Another clean sheet and 3 points against Derby is a must. You guys know what , when i was trying to type 3 points i got typos which read 3 -0ints . Is that a sign we gonna win 3 – 0 :D

  • 5 Lamesley Mag // Sep 15, 2007 at 10:26 AM

    BSA will rotate his squad so they get games to keep them match fit. Hopefully we’ve seen the last of players being required to play when they’ve got slight injuries or unfit.

    BSA is assembling a squad that will shoot Newcastle up the PL and hopefully lift silverware in the near future…….




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