Newcastle Continue Laying Foundations For Future Success


With Chris Mort’s statement over the weekend that Newcastle will literally search the globe for new players to bring into the club and then with a win yesterday, everything is starting to look very good at the club – at least for now.

But we think there is a lot more going on behind the scenes that will please Newcastle fans as the framework is being laid to make Newcastle successful over the long haul.

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Sam Allardycehis ideas are being put into action at Newcastle

Newcastle chairman Chris Mort, while not being a football man is quickly learning things from being associated with Sam Allardyce, who must have been one of the most under-rated managers in the Premiership before coming to Newcastle.

Sam is putting all kinds of new procedures in place at the club on the playing side and Mort is ensuring that plans are laid now for the future prosperity of the club.

Here’s what Sam said about the new management at Newcastle:

“I wasn’t over concerned about the takeover. Obviously you wonder whether you can get on with them or not, but I didn’t have to stand my ground.”

“At this stage I’m getting on fine with Mike Ashley and (chairman) Chris Mort and the more we talk, hopefully the better the relationship will become.”

“When you have been in the game as long I have, you learn to adjust and adapt.” “I haven’t anything to worry about have I? I’m an established Premier League manager.”

“It sounds big-headed, but I know I’m good at what I do.”

We also think both Ashley and Mort are sensible enough to let Sam handle the playing side completely – because that’s a manager’s job and once an owner starts meddling in this area – it’s bad news for that club. That’s essentially what happened with Mourinho at Chelsea when both Ballack and Shevchenko were brought in even though Jose Mourinho was none too keen on either of them. Neither has worked out at Chelsea yet.

But Sam knows what he’s doing and it may be surprising the number of players we bring in during January. We still expect Edmilson to arrive from Barcelona – even though our defense looks well stacked right now. We also expect a few (unknown) youngsters to potentially arrive too. If Newcastle are up there in the top six by January don’t be surprised if Sam is given big money to spend to get one or two top players for the final push in the league.

Europe next season remains the number one goal at the club this season – and then we’ll be able to attract even better players in the summer.

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18 comments so far

  • Pete

    Sep 24, 2007 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Not sure about the foundations.

    It looks like Sam is looking for immediate results by buying older players (probably to bide him some time). He has talked about a new training centre but I have not heard anymore on this.

    He has also said our academy is pretty crap too, we haven’t really got many excellent young talent. Milner looks like he can be good and Zogbia excellent. Taylor looks like he can be good too providing he doesn’t let his ego grow any further. Martins is one for the futre too – hopefully we can keep him. Jose has apparantly got potential too…

    Although Sam has pretty much put a new squad together – due to their age it will not last very long. Mort has been banging on about scouting recently which is a brilliant move.

    The foundations are slowly coming together but we are still a long way off. The one area that I am surprised has not been improved dramatically is the NUFC brand, with the reputation of Mort and Ashely I am surprised that we have not increased our merchandising possibilities in other countries. This is something that needs to be addressed.

    What is happening with our backroom staff, there was a lot of talk that Sam would bring loads of people with him but I don’t know who (if any) ended up coming (possibly due to Bolton being arsey). I do not think that pearson cuts it as an Assistant Manager and fully expect Sam to appoint his own choice sooner rather than later.

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  • Arthur Prince

    Sep 24, 2007 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed is there any news on Steven Taylor,s contract talks .?

    Clearly with injuries etc (which isnt just confined to NUFC) a good large squad is essential and the Defence is starting to look better and better but there must be strength in depth . Just look at the Michael Owen situation . It means Oba is going to get several games now so he will be happier . So as Cacapa has a groin injury it means Steven gets several games probably . It means that most of the squad will get many games this season including Shay who I am sure understands the situation . It makes for good competition and if everyone focusses on the Team and not just for themselves everyone involved will be happy that success will undoubtedly follow . For the first time in years !!!!!

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  • eastendtoon

    Sep 24, 2007 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #3

    BSA has said that thsi seaosn will be to secure newcastle, and his buying reflects that… getting experience in. players that are proven performers, he’s bought world class talent in, yes, with the likes of cacapa and geremi, there a older player, btu they add the needed security, thsi season we consolidate and build the team mentality and frame work, the goal with us getting into europe, as has been said will give us the opportunity to attract younger world class talent… Rome wasnt built ina day, and not by young 20yr old whipper snappers.

    this seaosn we climb back on our pedastal… from there we aim higher

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  • eastendtoon

    Sep 24, 2007 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #4

    arthur prince… good point… the problem with footballers nowadays is that too many of them think they are biggeer than the game itself. that is why, ENgland, a team of world class talent, but cant play together because their ego’s get in the way… they believe they are the best in the world, but are yet to prove it.

    john terry… in his contract he wanted it written in that over the next five years he will always remain the most played player in the club… its appauling, 131,000/week not enough for some people

    its a great model of the degredation of the human personality and morality… but i#ll stop my rant…

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  • Cam_Toon

    Sep 24, 2007 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #5

    Pete mate… Neither Zog or Milner were from the academy. At present we have Taylor and Carrol of any note. I guess Tim comes into that as well.

    But he is right… the reserves were neglected under Keegan there is no two ways about that. Our scouting network has been woefull in recent years too. It is certanly an area we have to look at.

    Take the Midfield for example. Patty is the only player I can think of that has made any real push for first team footy.. and I must admit he doesn’t cut it for me. (and its not just because the lad is ginger).

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  • Hadji

    Sep 24, 2007 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Pete…N’Zogbia is from AVR Le Havre and Milner is from Leeds

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  • TOONNUTTER

    Sep 24, 2007 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #7

    Inside info.

    Heard that Taylor is going around with a face like a smacked arse as he has not been given the contract he wants, which inside info says is on par with the Zog and Milner.

    Also been told that Lee Clark and the Zog have had words before the game at Derby as the Zog was not taking any note of the team talk and on his f@@@ mobile phone again.

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  • michael

    Sep 24, 2007 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #8

    We badly needed experience. Who was going to teach the youngsters how to be good pro’s otherwise. Dyer? Bramble? Bowyer? How can you produce youngsters when those are your idols. Fabregas and Van Persie learnt from Viera, Bergkamp and Henry. All our kids have learnt over the last 10 years is how to be an overpaid alcoholic prima donna.

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  • Pete

    Sep 24, 2007 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #9

    I realise that they are not from our acadmey, but the point I was trying to make was that they were young (i.e. still haven’t peaked) and then if you compare that to the bigger clubs e.g. Arsenal, Man U etc

    It would be nice if everyone was from our acadamy but I am really not that bothered. We need to be snapping up the 18-19 year olds that are in the Barca/Arsenal reserves before they turn into superstars and we will be forced to pay over the odds for them.

    Case in point was Bojan/Dos Santos – a year ago we could have got him for next to nothing – now a days he would cost a fortune.

    How much did Arsenal pay for Fabergas ?

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  • Craig Allen

    Sep 24, 2007 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Confidence, nice. Let’s hope it doesn’t mushroom into an unmanageable ego. Even the smart are blinded by faith some times.

    That said, he has done a good job painting over the cracks, let’s hope we have enough concrete to build the foundation when the walls cave in due to old age. Ok, enough of the building analogy. 😀

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  • Hadji

    Sep 24, 2007 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Pete…Believe it or not,there was no transfer fee at all for Fabregas.
    Maybe just his plane ticket to London ha ha ha.
    Eduardo da Silva-50 000$ from some provincial club to Dinamo Zagreb,now 8 mill pounds sold to Arsenal
    Zlatan Ibrahimovic-200 000$ from Malmo to Ajax,25mill euros from Ajax to Juventus.
    Christian Chivu-350 000$ from Craiova to Ajax,18mill euros from Ajax to Roma.
    Many more examples like Bent,Carrick,Berbatov.
    Our club Newcastle was a bad buyer and even worst seller.I can’t remember when we made a profit of some player.

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  • leo

    Sep 24, 2007 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #12

    boumsong free to rangers, 8mil to newcastle being a bad example of it haha

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  • Tom_toon

    Sep 24, 2007 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Hadji who in your opinion is better and more ready for the prem Faris Haroun or Nicolita.

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  • Hadji

    Sep 24, 2007 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #14

    TomToon…If you ask me i’d defintly go for Nicolita but if you ask BSA he’d preffer Haroun cause of his height which is 6’3 feet tall.
    TomToon…Who would you choose between Desena from Parma and Foggia from Cagliari?

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  • Elliott

    Sep 24, 2007 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #15

    We need a right winger with pace and a central midfielder with flair and pace to get in and around the box. Chuck in a left back and we’re laughing.

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  • Tom_toon

    Sep 24, 2007 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #16

    Foggia quite clearly, especially on recent performances, exceptional vs JUve a few weeks ago.

    The signings for Me Should be either Jonathan De Guzman or Eremenko Jr or both. And a back up LB.

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  • Tom_toon

    Sep 24, 2007 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #17

    Haroun, nicolita and De Guzman are very unlikely.
    Nicolita – Most probs stay in Romania like most of the romanians or move to Russia.

    De Guzman – To weak a physical stature for BSA to consider and Feyenoord will rpbos boot up there price, let alone us beating of competition from Arsenal etc.

    Haroun – Not yet proven really, looks decent but maybe only good enough for the Juplier League.

    The mian play for me would be Eremenko Jr – Free Kick specialist, playmaker, dribbler, winger, striker, fairly strong, good skills, versatile, very creative. Exactly what we need.

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  • Hadji

    Sep 25, 2007 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #18

    Well i’m with you on this one,wow 8 goals which 4 of them with a free kick.The good thing about players from the Russian league is that you can get them cheap.Example…Kerzhakov from Zenit to Sevilla for 5 mill only i think.
    Yes,we definetly need a back up Lb for January,cause i think its time we show Baba the exit door and sign someone for half of Baba’s current wage.Any idea for a Lb.I have 2 alternatives for that
    Armand from PSG and Cufre from Monaco
    I really hope we’ll offload Ameobi in January cause i think it would be better for him and better for us aswell.
    I think our young lad Carrol will be our future star.If we make it to the Champions League next season its gonna be so easy to attract excellent players.Tom,if we make it to the Champions League how much do you think Ashley will give to BSA for transfer funds.
    I think there will be a big general cleaning in case we qualify
    Baba,Ramage,Butt,Pattison,Ameobi,Carr could all be OUT.

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