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Former Magpies Manager Questions Transfer Strategy

2:21 pm, Thursday, September 24th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

Sam Allardyce was the manager of Newcastle United from 15th May 2007, when he took over from the fired Glenn Roeder, and he was sacked on January 9th the following year and became the first manager Mike Ashley fired.

Sam had signed on only a few weeks before Mike Ashley bought the club.


Sam Allardyce when at Newcastle

Sam Allardyce has weighed in on his opinions about Newcastle’s plight at the moment – he far better do that – since everybody else has put in their two cents worth about what´s wrong with Newcastle.

We lost our fourth game in a row last night against Championship side Sheffield Wednesday in the 3rd round of the League Cup.

This is what big Sam has said to Sky Sports:

“The Newcastle fans were crying out over a lack of signings last year.” “Now they’ve gone and made those signings and we all know one of the most important things is who you recruit when you’re spending £30M, £40M, £50M.”

“When players come from abroad you cannot really say whether they’re going to be successful or not. You just hope they can take the form they’ve shown in the country they’ve been playing in into the Premier League.”

While it´s cheaper to sign players from abroad it´s also a much bigger risk and two of the players we signed last year – Remy Cabella and Emmanuel Riviere – for a joint total of around £14M just haven´t made it.

Remy is now on loan at Marseille and struggling for form, and Manu is our 4th rated striker at the club and out injured at the moment.

If Newcastle do sign players in January in an attempt to avoid relegation, we should be signing British players who can have an instant impact at the club.

But there are questions about Newcastle signing cheaper players from abroad is really worth the risk.

Sam Allardyce is currently out of work after seeing out his contract at West Ham and his record at Newcastle was managed 24 games, won 8, drew 6 and lost 10 for a win rate of 33.3% and a loss rate of 41.7%.

Given our record this year under John Carver and Steve McClaren those figures are not too bad.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 BarcelonaMag // Sep 24, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    First! I think it’s more a question of who we didn’t get rid of. We all know who they are.That and getting a has-been as manager. We should have taken on somebody more forward-thing, like Garry Monk.

  • 2 BarcelonaMag // Sep 24, 2015 at 2:34 PM


  • 3 Ian Toon // Sep 24, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Jimmy ( Jinky) Smith- There’s much truth in what you have said about Pardew and his leaving. Any long time supporter will tell you that the year 2015 is one of the very poorest in our history. Pardew was an average manager and one of the lowest paid managers in the league. He was far more competent than he was ever given credit for. He worked within a ridiculously small budget which somehow was held against him. He left us in ninth position and then Ashley appointed Carver and the wheels fell off.

    We had games under Pardew when we played well above ourselves and matched and beat the best of the PL; the only side I recall not beating in that category was Arsenal. But who will forget the 4-4, draw coming back from a seemingly hopeless position. Tiote wasn’t the only player motivated by Pardew on that ocassion. We showed we could match the best in finishing 5th and were having a good season until Cabaye left without being replaced. Again the wheels fell off.

    Our defence has been a major weakness for seasons but again before Pardew left we had five shutouts which proved defensive capability. In fact prior to Pardew’s departure we had to operate with a third choice keeper in the side. He was highly respected by the players just as he is at Palace. The side he has fashioned there has pace, power and no small measure of skill.

    I agree with Jimmy we wouldn’t be in the dire state were in now under Pardew. Be careful what you wish for!

  • 4 Mag52 // Sep 24, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Ian toon.

    You’re a brave poster to have brought up the expression ‘ be careful what you wish for’. It’s like a red rag to a bull to some on here.

  • 5 Ian Toon // Sep 24, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    You mean the Garry Monk who’s the bookies favourite to be the next England manager after Hodgson!

  • 6 croftus5678 // Sep 24, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    theres no excuses is my mind !

    ashley’s spent money on very good players that hardly any fans can complain about and that was mostly above our stature.

    our new coaching team looked like it was top notch.

    macca was not top class but he was def no step down on pardew and we rated him at atleast on par if not better.

    we lost 0 players that was usefull to us and kept all our best players !

    and just as we thought things was looking up most of the players have forgot how to do the simplist things in football and simply dont look like they care ! they give us drivel to blame others in the team and try keep us on their side when frankly they are one of the under performing players !

    on this one occasion i blame purely the players as no matter what went wrong there they just did not want to try and thats dis-respecting us fans.

  • 7 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 24, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    I’m too depressed to try and make any sort of lucid comment.

    The league cup this season was to be our ‘Brave New’ success story, that dream didn’t last very long. 🙁 🙁 🙁

  • 8 JackButler // Sep 24, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    We sign poor or average players, we don’t sign players with pace although it is apparent that most other managers utilise this attribute to its fullest and so many of our players have failed to make an impact because they cannot deal with the physical nature of the EPL so it’s no wonder we look like a poor side that way out of its depth

  • 9 Ian Toon // Sep 24, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Mag52- you must be referring to the grumpy old goat and his sidekick who keep leaving me messages of endearment. It’s all rather tiresome but there’s nothing wrong with healthy football debate.

  • 10 sickandtired // Sep 24, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    @Ian Toon – so you’ve already forgotten about Pardew’s two relegation battles have you?

    And for the record yet again – he was never a Manager here. His players were signed for him, just like McClaren’s are now. He therefore never worked with a budget.

    The system is totally designed around NOT having a manager, especially one with with access to a budget.

  • 11 John Tudor // Sep 24, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    im wishing fat git to ferk off

  • 12 Ian Toon // Sep 24, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    S and t- Pardew is an average manager but he’s head and shoulders above most of the second tier of ‘merry-go-round’ managers in the Premiership and Championship. He’s improved Palace. It was never going to be a brave new world because Ashley was not prepared to hire the likes of Klopp, de Boer or Benitez. All of whom would have wanted a considerably higher budget than Pardew existed under for four years. Pardew got the maximum he reasonably could out of the budget and squad constraints imposed upon him. We’ve all known from watching the team what the weaknesses in the squad were and still are.

  • 13 GeordieinOhio // Sep 24, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Honestly there are far to many things to blame for the clubs massive failures right now, and it sickens me to see our club in such a poor state…..

  • 14 beefman13 // Sep 24, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Pardew will get the England job after Hodgson if he keeps Palace ticking over nicely, imo.

  • 15 Beavis // Sep 24, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    @croftus5678 – I totally agree although the formation that we’re playing can’t be helping. The worrying thing is that even fringe players seem as though they couldn’t give a t0ss when you would have expected that they would want to play for their appearance money.

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