Big Sam Allardyce has looked back on his management career, and it looks like he will never manage a club bigger than Newcastle United, but he was only on Tyneside for a short eight months, before new owner Mike Ashley pulled the plug on his time at the club.
Sam Allardyce while at Newcastle United
It’s an exclusive in the Express, and Sam looks back on his career and his time at Newcastle, and when he was appointed in the summer of 2007, things were looking up with Freddy Shepherd still running the club, but then Mike Ashley then bought the club:
“It ended up where I couldn’t get that bigger or better club, so I think there must have been something in my career that stopped me,”
“I think it was Newcastle. Had that been successful with Freddy Shepherd, the man who appointed me, staying on, I might have got an even bigger club than Newcastle.”
“I don’t blame Mike Ashley, because when you pay that amount for a football club and you know what you want to do with it, sometimes you like to get rid of the furniture you have inherited.”
“But from a career point-of-view it was a massive blow. It was the spending, the power of Newcastle that attracted me. I’d had limited funds at Bolton and it was the opportunity for the bigger pot – and Freddy wanted to emulate the success they had in the Kevin Keegan era.”
“With Mike taking over those funds never materialized. I had lined up moves for Phil Jaglielka, Luka Modric and Branislav Ivanovic – people on my Bolton recruitment database.”
“Not big stars but quality players and with the finances I was being promised at Newcastle, we could have done something.”
It was a massive blow to Sam when he was fired from Newcastle, although he was well compensated, but at the time it wasn’t thought that Sam could get Newcastle playing the type of football that Newcastle were accustomed to playing – an attacking style.
And Sam’s right about the funds not being available from Mike Ashley – they have never been available almost seven years after Sam was fired from the club.
It’s been a huge disappointment to Newcastle fans that Mike Ashley is one of the few Billionaires owning a Premier League club, who is not too interested in putting any of his own money into the club.
Mike did loan Newcastle £130M to cover the loans we had outstanding, and he is not taking any interest on that, but Newcastle have simply become an advertising vehicle for his Sports Direct company – that’s what’s happened over the last seven and a half years at Newcastle United.
It’s not great.
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