Newcastle Due An Upturn in Fortunes

Sam Allardyce has already put two bids in for players in the January transfer window, and he will be hoping to bring in at least a couple of players before the end of the month.


Sam Allardyce – after reinforcements in January

The first bid was for Wes Brown, and although the bid was turned down by Manchester United’s Alex Ferguson, Newcastle are still very keen to get Wes to Newcastle before the January transfer window ends.

What Sam would like in January are players that can come straight into the side and help the team immediately, and of course Brown fits into that classification, with his vast experience in both the Premiership and Europe.

The other player Sam has bid for is so far unknown, and we could have some guesses at players that would be good for the club. Local boy Michael Carrick is not getting many games at Manchester United since Owen Hargreaves arrived there, although he may be a bit expensive. David Nugent at Portsmouth is still only 22 years old and is a good old fashioned center forward who would fit in well at the club. And of course Sam is always being linked with Kevin Nolan, his former captain at Bolton Wanderers.

If Sam can get some decent reinforcements into the club in January, it will cheer up the supporters no end, since there’s been very little good news for them overt the last several weeks.

On his tough times at Newcastle, so far this season Sam talked to the Evening Chronicle this afternoon:

“You have got to take the rough with the smooth as a manager in the Premier League.” “It’s a volatile world and it is more so this year than ever before.”

“There is more and more speculation about everybody’s position quicker than ever because of the extra money that has come into the game.” “We have seen many managers go very quickly.”

“I have only been here seven months, and Steve Bruce is only just manager of Wigan. I played against Birmingham and Alex McLeish has only just got the manager’s job.”

“I have played against Sven-Goran Eriksson – he came in after me and I have only been here seven months.”

Things could look a lot better at the end of January with 2-3 good new players in the squad. And things would look even better if we can get one or two wins under our belts and are still in the FA Cup come February.

Wins have certainly been in short supply over the last 12 games or so, so we are at least due a win. Maybe tomorrow?

Comments welcome.

39 comments so far

  • Toon Al

    Jan 5, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #1

    ashton would be nice over nugent, we do need some reinforcments. i’d like to see carrick for his ability to pick a pass, but i thnk we need more of a flair player. would like carrick back home tho

    my choices would be:-


  • LeazesEndLoyal

    Jan 5, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Have to agree with you Al those signings would be a great start, I think we need 2 creative midfielders and another right back!

  • Mac

    Jan 5, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #3

    Al i have to agree with those selections. I don’t think we need or would want Carrick but the other four i would definately want Sam to look into. Riise has become lazy of late but i think a new challenge is just what he needs. Come on Sam millions of Hopeful Geordies expect

  • micepie

    Jan 5, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #4

    How strange a game football is, when we would be expected to lose away to Everton or Blackburn yet Coventry and Oldham have just beaten them! It just goes to show how much it is about teamwork, tactics and inspiration as individual talent.
    I almost daren’t say this, but I do feel that the elastic band has been pulled as far as it should go at the Toon now, though. Like our players are going to say enough is enough and really start playing at last, and working hard to gel together. We’ve seen it in more than glimpses atgainst Chelsea and Arsenal.
    It’s a shame we have Man U and Arsenal (again) away, but if we can play well and fight for every ball in those games then I think we’ll forgive losses and be a little more patient.

  • Mac

    Jan 5, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #5

    But saying that i would mind Nugent. He’s a good strong player,he’s still young and learning his trade. We could get rid of Ameobi and bring inHugent or Ashton i’m not greedy

  • micepie

    Jan 5, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #6

    Oh, I see – sorry, I posted before reading the article!!! Upturn of fortunes with transfers….

    ….I’d like to see us sign at least one defender, a mf who makes a difference and a couple of those young prospects rumoured on this site in the past few weeks…

  • Mac

    Jan 5, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #7

    Micepie i hope you’re right and you know what,i think you might just be. I pedict we’re gonna take 4 points from our next 2 league games. Yes we have played poorly this season against the so called lesser teams but against the big boys we have showed glimpses of what we can do and sooner ar later that is gonna come together,the sustained pressure against the Arse in the 2nd half could have and should have won it,again the dominace in the 2nd half over chelski yes we lost but with a different linesman and a bit of luck we could have won that. Everton,spurs,if Martins or Owen had of been confident the Man City result could have been o so different,this isn’t luck this is a sign we can compete we have the players,we have the support,we have the backing and we have the Manager. A new year and a new Toon you mark my words

  • knoxy the mag

    Jan 5, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #8

    a creative midfield woulld be nice or even if we broke the bank for a player of the speed of aron lennon or even crazy loan bid for walcott


    Jan 5, 2008 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #9

    I really think newcastle united is not far away from having success again. What really would be needed is WES BROWN to get more stability in the back. After that only one thing is left and thats a midfield definsive player with plamaking skills, a true leader who can win games his own! All the big teams have such a player and thats what we need!! I would like to have a calibre like VIEIRA. If EMRE heads to monaco, something like that would be possibl, won’t it? I’m not saying we need VIEIRA but we need someone kind of him…

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 5, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #10

    Sam, you are an idiot – He has been saying all these managers have been here after him, but he still got beaten by wigan and man city, and he complains about time?


  • carl

    Jan 5, 2008 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #11

    maybe it could be carrick as bartons almost certain to do about 3 months inside, in which id rather have carrick than barton, but eds right,we are due an upturn in fortunes and if things start to click we can go on a descent run.but only if we get good signings this month, anyway , i reckon 1-2 newcastle 2moro and a point at old trafford. come on the toon

  • StevieA

    Jan 5, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Nugent? Not good enough!

    Carrick would be great. If we could get Carrick and Brown even better!

    Arshavin would be a quality signing. He is a hard working, creative player who would do much better for us than someone like Emre. I hope Sam plays Shola against Stoke, it’s the kind of game he stands out in.

    Let’s hope for a big win to give us a confidence boost.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 5, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #13

    Will Liverpool let Riise go?

  • carl

    Jan 5, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #14

    i think carrick,brown,arshavin would do us as i very much doubt sam would be allowed to sign another forward with martins,owen fit, viduka,smith,and amoebi, and a collosal weekly wage bill between them i doubt that mort and ashley would allow that and tell sam hes got more than enough to work with. but the 3 mentioned above would transform us

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 5, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #15

    if we give this chump time, we will turn into bolton.

    3-5 years, fat sam is a bloody dumbarse, who gets that much time with no progress at all, bloody arse.

  • carl

    Jan 5, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #16

    ed- not sure but hed be an excellent signing, maybe they would ,hes certainly served liverpool well

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 5, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #17

    if any one is watching the villa vs manure first half, thats what it will be like when sam ‘turns it around’ against every team, even he likes of derby.

  • ToonKing

    Jan 5, 2008 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #18

    i haven’t seen wsq around for a while but i’m getting the feeling that Tom_Toon is he’s new nickname. ahh well……..

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 5, 2008 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #19

    wsq is the voice of reason, along with myself. but im still the name churning tom, dont worry.

  • scott9

    Jan 5, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #20

    man u wouldnt let carrick go and even though hes a local lad he wouldnt come anyway i would get.
    daniel carvalhio

  • Ashton

    Jan 5, 2008 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #21

    Whay would carrick move to a small relegation threatened club like ours we suck so bad and we are playing like shite

    i think fat sam will sign with the half of bolton players

    i mean we have been linked with
    jaaskelainen , ben haim , samuel , nolan , diouf , anelka , cid , davis

    what the F%&k !!
    just sack this stupid fat bastard

  • steve

    Jan 5, 2008 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #22

    martins will be off during jan as either part-ex or to raise funds

  • Dragoner

    Jan 5, 2008 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #23

    Tom its boring mate

  • Hadrian

    Jan 5, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #24

    ‘give sam time’ is boring .
    tom’s right aint he? sam’s on about manager’s who have been here less time than him , managers who’s teams beat us ….
    just look at the players we bought in the summer and who we are being linked with now , give’s a fair idea of sam’s mentality , smiths , bartons , nolan’s .
    as good a bunch of fans we are , i think your kidding yourself if you think there will be 52k in SJP watching that in a few years time .

  • Leo

    Jan 5, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #25

    its no good winning this game by 2 or 3 goals. but then loose 2 or 3 games on the trot in the premierleague, we need to get to grips with games before we loose our footing and go a goal behind, and have to change our dinamics totally which confuses the players further… we need a clinical finisher and someone to supply them…

  • Chris Bunton

    Jan 5, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #26

    Dont give him money!!!!

  • StevieA

    Jan 5, 2008 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Does anyone think it’s time we introduce Ryan Donaldson into the 1st team squad? I think he has outgrew the youth team myself.

    He is a striker who knows where the goal at least!

    His idol is Alan Shearer by the way and he models his game on him.

  • The northern monkey

    Jan 5, 2008 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #28

    ashton get a life you moron! we may not be one of the top 4 clubs but we wont be drawn into the relegation dogfight. just get behind the players instead of being so negative this is the team we love just wait till we are competing with the big guns!!!!! happy moaning!!!

  • Greg B

    Jan 5, 2008 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #29

    Stevie, I for one would like to see Donaldson get a crack. Also reckon LuaLua deserves a spot on the bench, both have bags of potential and with Martins jetting off next week who knows…..

  • Greg B

    Jan 5, 2008 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #30

    Just looking at the squad for tomorrow Donalson is will be travelling but apparently ‘just to experience traveling with the senior squad’ whilst Carroll is actually in the squad.

  • StevieA

    Jan 5, 2008 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #31

    Greg – Glad you agree mate! 🙂

    I think the lad has bags of potential. Physically I am not sure what he is like, they might want him to be a bit stronger maybe but I think the lad would have had his chance by now at other clubs.

    We seem to worry too much about how strong our young players are I think. Let them have a few games and see how they do.

    Lua Lua completely agree, it’s probably time he was called up too. He reminds me of Aaron Lennon with his pace and skill. He looks like he could be some player too.

    I would like to see them both play a few games this season. It’s good to see Donaldson in the squad though the experience will do him good.

  • Greg B

    Jan 6, 2008 at 3:16 AM

    Comment #32

    Mark Doninger will also be travelling. Nice to see Allardyce get a couple of the young uns involved, afterall the whole point is to try and bring these lads through into the first team set-up.
    Not sure about LuaLua, is he injured? I think he has been on the bench once or twice for the first team, maybe end of last season.
    Also Stevie, I notice Donaldson bagged a hat-trick for the youth team at Huddersfield Yesterday – goals breed confidence for strikers whatever the level they are scoring them at, and if ever we needed a striker with a bit of that……..

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 6, 2008 at 3:19 AM

    Comment #33

    So if we get Nolan that would make BSA starting mf

    Geremi — Nolaan—Butt–Faye

    or summit like that can’t wait. 🙁

    and if we get Brown that would put Taylor where?On the bench at best but i suppose he’s worth the £500k we offered Man U.

  • Nick Dryden

    Jan 6, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #34

    The one and only good thing about Allaryce is the off field, behind the scenes alternative therapies etc. We knew from the off KK and SBR would do OK. We also knew right at the start that Souness and Sam would stink. We had our fate decided by an imbecile in Shepherd. The top 4 / 5 clubs all have top foreign coaches. Why don’t we deserve the same? If you are going to give someone time, get someone with a good reputation and proven CV. English managers collectively, sadly just have no CV worth mentioning. Sam’s success at kicking people and using Okocha just to take long throws was only relative, he never actually won anything!!!!
    The top 5 all have proven winners as managers.
    Sam arrived under a cloud of bung allegations which he has subsequently chosen not to sue for. Sam also arrived with a reputation of appalling long ball, negative and bruising football. Shepherd couldn’t or wouldn’t approach a ”Hitzfeld” or similiar as he so painfully had to have a geordie. When Shearer wouldn’t play ball, we got landed with the dire spectacle of Allardyce. To all those who say give Sam time – why????? Would any other top 6 club take him?
    What exactly are you hoping for? More of the same, because that’s all you’ll get from here to the end. We have vastly over rated and over paid players in Barton, Smith and Duff to name a few. Upturn in fortunes with Sam – I don’t think so, at least not any time soon. We geordies need that feel good factor that’s been missing for so long now. I will never forgive Shepherd for what he set in motion. If money is the issue, get in a director of football over Sam. This will hopefully force Sam to resign. Tell the back room physios etc they can stay on. We won’t have to pay out, if they decide to leave with Sam.

  • Nick Dryden

    Jan 6, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #35

    In amongst all the c…p of Sam, we do have some really good youngsters who would probably play with a lot more hunger than their vastly over paid senior counterparts. With a good ” footballing” manager the following could all come on really well.

    Get rid Carr, Barton, Smith, Duff

  • Craig Allen

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #36

    I don’t get what Sam’s trying to say there. Is he saying he needs more time because those managers had less? :-/
    Is that the full transcript it reads like some context is missing.

    As for the transfers, I doubt they’d let Risse go. But Brown seems a more likely target anyway and some youth and maybe Asharvin. I hope.

  • Obafan

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #37

    Does anybody know anything about the situation of Andrei Arshavin???

    He expressed he would love to play for us and is pure qulaity. We need him in our midfield, so why does everything around him stays silent???

    I would love to see these transfers:
    Arshavin (should be our top priority!!!)
    Ashton / Fred (I prefer Fred above Ashton)

    Ameobi (I really like him, but he just had enough chances to prove his talent, but he failed every time; hopefully he can prove at another club that he has got the talent and I hope he does; cause he is a nice guy)
    Barton (a pain in the *ss who IMO should never play again in any EPL team; what a waste of money)


    Jan 6, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #38

    I agree Arshavin should be our top priority to inject much needed pace and creativity into our team.We could also do with someone who could play all along the back four (Ben Haim?).

  • StevieA

    Jan 6, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #39

    Yeah Donaldson scored some good goals the over night. Every time I read a report he is scoring goals, in a way he reminds me of Ameobi in the way he dominated the youth teams. If he can do the same in the reserve league then I think he will be introduced into the 1st team squad.

    I think he is one of those players who needs to be brought into the 1st squad early to give him a taste. Dangle a carrot if you like! That might just give him a lot of confidence and who knows he might play a few games this season.

    Now probably isn’t the best time to bed him in though. We need to have a run of results and get the crowd back on Sams side. Maybe an away game might be the best opportunity.

    I have heard good things about Doninger too. I don’t know how anyone can say the youth team isn’t working. It’s much better than the Mackems and Boro’s isn’t it?

    It’s a shame we didn’t keep Chopra mind but he is proving that he isn’t prolific in the premiership at the moment. Probably the reason we let him go.


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