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 â€“ 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.
Sam Allardyce – his 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.â€
“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.â€
“When you have been in the game as long I have, you learn to adjust and adapt.â€ “I haven’t anything to worry about have I? I’m an established Premier League manager.â€
“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 â€“ because that’s a manager’s job and once an owner starts meddling in this area â€“ 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 â€“ 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.