Sam Must Get Result at Blackburn

Sam Allardyce, the Newcastle manager who is under considerable pressure at the club, because of collecting just a single point form the last 12 available, admits the problems in defense are because he doesn’t have enough players with Premiership experience.

The 6 players Big Sam brought in during the summer who can play in the back four are Beye, Cacapa, Rozehnal, Enrique, Faye and Geremi. Of those, only Geremi and Faye are experienced Premier league players.


Sam Allardyce – team has to get some result at Ewood Park on Saturday

Sam addressed this when he talked to the Newcastle Journal yesterday:

“Finding players is the hardest thing to do, we got what we could find during the summer,” “In the modern market, you’re restricted with the players who are available.

“You can only get Premier League players if their clubs are prepared to sell them. If they sell them, you buy them. If they don’t, you can’t. If the ones you wanted have gone before you can act, there’s not much you can do.”

“I was after (Mikael) Silvestre, (Sylvain) Distin and Tal Ben Haim (during the summer). Those players were the first targets. But once those first targets have gone, you have to look elsewhere.”

“When that happens, you have to look at what’s available in the foreign markets. We’ve signed good players, but they’re finding it difficult to perform on a regular basis.”

We believe what Sam says – but it’s all water under the bridge now. He has often said he would have gone after Sylvain Distin and did, but he was too late and Harry Redknapp beat him to it. And we all know he was after Tal Ben Haim, and apparently still is, since there are rumors that Ben Haim may be available in January. We certainly hope so.

Sam would obviously like to bring some new players in during the January transfer window. But there are two types of players Newcastle are after. Some youngsters, up to say 20 years old who will form the basis of Newcastle’s future. And then there are players who would immediately be challenging for a first team spot. In some cases the youngsters may fit into both categories.

If results do not improve before the end of the year we think Sam will not be allowed to buy the more expensive first team players – but because of our new youth strategy we still think some youngsters like 18 year-old striker Wesley Ngo Baheng, from the French second division club Le Havre, will be brought to the club. We think this deal has already been done.

If the wheels stay off the club and we don’t improve before January it may well be that the new owner wants a new manager and wants to bring him in during January, so he can bring new players in. But we think this case has very low odds of happening. We really hope Sam and the team can pull themselves out of the hole they are in.

Rozehnal, Enrique and Claudio Caçapa have all found the Premiership very challenging in terms of speed and the physical nature of the play, but an improvement has to come from the defense, starting on Saturday.

Sam’s first job is to get the players behind him, because they haven’t helped Sam much lately – they are all in this together. Sam talked about this to the Journal this morning:

“The players have to realize we’re all in it together, whether I bought them or not,” “This is a difficult time for us all, but we can come through this.”

We hope we can do it – and there’s nothing like a win to lift our spirits. A defeat would be terrible and would not help the manager one little bit. Let’s hope we can get an unlikely win at Blackburn, and then we’ll be over the moon. Well, at least until the next game against Arsenal the following Wednesday. 😀

Comments very welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Geno Toon

    Nov 28, 2007 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Well I hope this is the kick in the ass NUFC players need to wake up and start trying and believing that they can be the best team…

  • nightfall

    Nov 28, 2007 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #2

    if it would be up to me…this is how our team should look after january:
    i’d play: 4-2-3-1 (2 DMC and 3 AMC), like chelsea did under mourinho or french team at WC (i think it’s the best ‘cos you have defence covered, and you’re strong up front):
    beye rozehnal faye enrique
    butt barton
    milner emre n’zogbia
    2nd team: harper, ramage, cacapa, taylor, n’zogbia, geremi, edgar, troisi, barton, duff, martins (+ carroll)
    so we’d sell carr, babayaro, smith, owen, ameobi, viduka and buy berbatov…but if we stick to 4-4-2 our team should look like:
    beye rozehnal faye enrique
    milner emre barton n’zogbia
    martins berbatov
    2nd team: harper, ramage, cacapa, rozehnal, edgar, troisi, geremi, butt, duff, smith, carroll
    so we’d sell carr, babayaro, viduka, shola, owen and again get berbatov
    some players are written also as subs but that’s ‘cos we have a lot of players who can play at different positions..

  • nightfall

    Nov 28, 2007 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #3

    sorry, not rozehnal (in 2nd team subs), but taylor

  • Pete

    Nov 28, 2007 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #4

    i’d fein illness

  • Charlie

    Nov 28, 2007 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #5

    After watching Aston Villa destroy Blackburn we need to do the same this weekend. They had some shocking decisions going against them which we need right now.

    I think nightfall has a good point with formations but I doubt Berbatov would come to us at the moment. I’d play

    Beye, Taylor, Roz, Enrique
    Butt, Geremi
    Milner, Barton, Zogbia

    Faye is out injured and Taylor has at least got some premiership experience. I dont like to see Emre on the bench but Barton needs to start and show his stuff and if not he can be removed at half time for Emre.

  • johnnnn

    Nov 28, 2007 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #6

    why are you talking about berbatov still ?! as if he’d leave a spurs which is under new management and come to a shambles of a team like us

  • Ashingtoon

    Nov 28, 2007 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Geremi should never play for the Toon again ever, after his last few performances especially against Liverpool!!!!!!!

  • nightfall

    Nov 28, 2007 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #8

    if we got owen, martins, duff, barton…why not him? plus he is a fan…

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 28, 2007 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Rather have chikhaoui than berbatov, however chikhaoui will be cheaper and ill be better whens hes berba’s age.

  • Leo

    Nov 28, 2007 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #10

    yeah chikhaoui looked really good.

    welcome back ed, great to be reading your articles back at your rightful home.

  • Bill f

    Nov 28, 2007 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Wish lists are very nice but realism is the order of the day at present therefore some good solid perfomances are what we need to get us into January.

    This has to be achieved with the players we have and, as many have already said so I won’t repeat, played in the positions that suits them best and again I reckon we the fans know damn well what they should be. If Sam needs some good advice read this blog. What more needs to be said.

  • Bill f

    Nov 28, 2007 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #12

    Is this the final incarnation of this blog??

  • Ahmed Bilal

    Nov 28, 2007 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #13

    Bill – I sure hope so 😀
    The site was wiped out this afternoon – have no idea what happened.


  • Bill f

    Nov 29, 2007 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #14

    So it’s now the Ed and Ahmed show. 🙂

  • wes

    Nov 29, 2007 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #15

    The match against Blackburn is critical. Despite losing 4 nil I think Blackburn are a very good team and will cause Newcastle a few problems.

    But the real problem is that the next match will be against Arsenal at home. Losing this match which is very likely will mean that it will be third straight loss in a row and that may end Big Sam’s tenure at St James Park I think. Lets hope that Newcastle will get a point or all points against the Gunners to give the home supporters something to cheer about in a long while.


  • evildick

    Nov 29, 2007 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #16

    I think it’s time we had a decent result, hopefully 0-2 to the toon!


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