All Newcastle fans are aware that we have four players â€“ Geremi, Obafemi Martins, Habib Beye and Abdoulaye Faye â€“ setting off for the African Cup of Nations in early January.Sam Allardyce is keen to bring in new players in January, but he admits he is in agreement with the Chairman, that the players have to be of sufficient quality, and of course thatâ€™s much more difficult to gauge when the player does not have Premiership experience.
Â Chris and Sam – seem in complete agreement on transfer policy
Also, exactly how much money Sam has to spend is unknown, and thatâ€™s the way it should be, but we donâ€™t think thereâ€™s any rift in the thinking between the board and Sam, if the right players become available.
Sam told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œIâ€™ve got no problem working with the chairman. We have to make sure who we get has the right quality. The difficulty is when weâ€™re talking about a player without Premier League experience.â€
â€œIf he comes from a different part of the world itâ€™s hugely difficult to put him straight into the team. If you bring in a new player everyone expects him to go straight into the team and be an outstanding success. When youâ€™re signing players in January itâ€™s a minor miracle if that happens.â€
â€œ I echo the chairmanâ€™s view that January might not be the best time to buy players, but thereâ€™s no other time to go into the market. I donâ€™t feel I need to educate the board just because theyâ€™re new to football, we have enough experience between us.â€
â€œI have no problems at all working with the new owners, we had a short window together before the start of the season and made the most of that. Discussions are on-going with Chris (Mort) and when weâ€™ve sorted things out weâ€™ll move forward as a club. There are no splits or conflicts.â€
From these comments it seems clear that Sam has his eye on one or two players outside England, and there is probably some good constructive discussion going on about the players between Big Sam and the board. We think that’s very healthy for the club, and certainly Chris has shown himself to be an experienced businessman and he’s certainly a very smart man, that’s for sure.
We think there’s good discussions going on between the two of them right now to ensure we get the right players coming in during the January transfer window, and that has got to be very good for the club, and for the quality of players we eventually bring in.Â Don’t be surprised if the first one through the door is announced very early in January.
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