Former Magpies Manager Questions Transfer Strategy

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.

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