Former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce didn’t always make good signings for Newcastle, but two of his signings that have come to be great signings, are Jose Enrique and Joey Barton.
Jose Enrique – in action at Goodison Park
Both are now top players for Newcastle, after both players had rather difficult starts on Tyneside.
Enrique had trouble his first season as he struggled to settle on Tyneside, and the fee Newcastle paid for the Spanish U21 International raised some eyebrows, as it was reported at £6.2M.
But Jose stuck in and kept his head down, and it’s been a great move for both Newcastle and the Spaniard, who played great last season, and has carried on that form in the Premier League this season.
When Joey Barton was signed in summer, 2007, it was greeted by Newcastle fans in a lukewarm way, because essentially Joey had been fired by then Man City manager Stuart Pearce, after he had that terrible altercation in training with Dabo.
Things hardly got better when Joey was shown on CCTV cameras on 27th December of the same year, while at Newcastle, assaulting a man, for which he received a 6 month jail sentence in the following May, and served that sentence that summer, before returning to the Newcastle club.
But since then Joey has got his life together and his football career is back on track, and he’s now in the best form of his career.
Jose Enrique is very thankful to Sam Allardyce for signing him for Newcastle, back in the summer of 2007.
Jose said today:
“I will always be grateful to Sam Allardyce because he brought me to Newcastle. He saw something he liked.” “He saw the potential in me and he was willing to take a chance on me and bring me to the Premier League.”
“Without him, I would not be at Newcastle and I would not be loving it as much as I do.” “It was hard for me when I first came because I wasn’t playing, didn’t speak the language very well and I wasn’t ready to play in English football. It was frustrating, but I understood.”
“When he left it was a little sad, but that is football. I’m just very grateful he signed me for Newcastle United – because this has been a fantastic move for me.”
And he will probably get a chance tonight to thank Sam for bringing him to Tyneside, but he should probably wait until after the game to thank Sam – and then he can also thank him for the 3 points.