Sam Increasingly Worried About Losing Players

Sam Allardcye is now becoming concerned about losing our four African players, Martins, Faye, Geremi and Beye to the African Nations Cup starting in early January.


Habib Beye – has looked great in our last few games

And he should be worried because we know what Oba can do – score goals – and Faye and Beye have been two of our best defenders this season and Geremi is our captain. We think the nine players Sam did bring in are going to still turn out to be great buys even though a lot of them have found it difficult initially in the Premiership. But their skill and character are starting to come through, and all nine are coming through very nicely, we think.

Sam talked to the Evening Chronicle about the four African players today:

“Of course this is causing me concern.” “We all know what Martins, Geremi and Faye are capable of and now Beye has started to play and is showing why we brought him here.”

“We are constantly monitoring the situation and our scouts are out 24/7 and we will just have to see how we go.” “They are under instructions to find us quality players, but there are not that many of them out there.”

Sam has continued to build a vast network of scouts during recent months, and news today is that former Sunderland striker Vic Halom is now working for Newcastle in Bulgaria, and the latest addition to the scouting network is Chris McMenemy, one of Kevin Keegan’s former coaches whose geographic area is to cover Spain for talent. That’s just one of the things Sam is doing to build up an excellent structure at Newcastle, and it will pay off big time for us, in the future.

As far as the January transfer window goes, we don’t believe there is no money to bring in players. The question that Chairman Mort will have is who does Sam want to bring in. If they are good, talented, experienced players at a decent price, we’re confident that Sam will be provided the funds.

We also expect to see a number of top youngsters join us, which is a good move for the future.

Comments always welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Callum

    Dec 13, 2007 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Their are not many quality players out there? I disagree with that, their are plenty, you just gotta look at the right places, like Eastern Europe, Sweden, Norway, Asia, America (with their sports academies) – the list is endless

  • Leo

    Dec 13, 2007 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #2

    if he is building his scouting networking team, why didnt he jump in and nab john barnes from sunderland before they got him to be their carribean scout, heck i will go over their for big sam and follow barnsie around and take notes, love to dominican and jamaica. plus the attitudes of peoeple i met in jamaica is amazing, and they speak better english than many of the people from england.

  • Alex Brett's boss

    Dec 13, 2007 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Hang on….it’s not like the African Nations cup is a last minute job, big Sam and all the other managers who bought African players knew exactly what they were getting in to. I thought Arsenal had a load of Africans but looks like they are mainly French!!!
    I wouldn’t have thought he’d be too bothered losing Oba as he always looked to be his second choice main striker anyway when MO
    was fit…

  • Hammy

    Dec 13, 2007 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Aaaaarrrrrrrhhhhhh……a shame to see poor Stevie Gerrard was robbed by four alledged scousers with black curly hair and shell suits…..
    after scouring the web I’ve found this following web site:

    if you’d like to contribute any loose bundles of £50 notes or old rolex’s or gold jewellery this site is the place to do it…….
    I’m sure it would cheer Alex Curran up no end…

    A real shame don’t you think?

  • the longshanks

    Dec 13, 2007 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #5

    The reason sam is worried bout players leavin in january is because mort doesnt look to want money spent in january.This is the same as the last january window when we didnt sign any one aswell.If there are bargains there and players with prem experience we have to at least make an offer cause come the summer their value could go up.

    I also heard that young turk we are after will only be sold in the summer,and in turkey they are comparing him to hagi(bold statement).I think we just def keep him scouted cause he is a star for the future!

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 13, 2007 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Marko Ljubinkovic may be coming, right winger/attacking midfielder, scored 12 goals in 11 so far this season.

  • subz

    Dec 13, 2007 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Words from a wise man….
    “You have to find a way to play according to the players you have in the squad. Never stick to only one system. I think that is the biggest mistake you can make. Many people think there is one only good system but I think there are many.”

    I still think we should do a swap deal with the FA for Capello!!!!!!

  • scott 9

    Dec 13, 2007 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #8

    i sam this rumour about Marko Ljubinkovic on tribal football is this guy a creatine midfileder

  • scott 9

    Dec 13, 2007 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #9

    i saw this rumour about Marko Ljubinkovic on tribal football is this guy a creative midfileder

  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 13, 2007 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Alex Brett’s Boss – completely agree.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 13, 2007 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #11

    i dont think he is i think hes more of a goalscoring/winger, creative midfielder work on merits and generally the creative ones have to earn the name creative and they usually play for bigger clubs.

  • Bill f

    Dec 13, 2007 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #12

    OK Hammy I’ll just have a rummage around under my mattress.
    Damn I think that fat scots git must have taken it all already.

    Hold on I bet it was that fat scots git and some of his gang who robbed poor Stevie.

    It’s Alex you got to feel sorry for, it may have just bu**ered up her crissy presents.

  • scott 9

    Dec 14, 2007 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #13


  • scott 9

    Dec 14, 2007 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #14



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