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Plans are Starting to Work at Newcastle

When Newcastle first signed Sam Allardyce on as manager there was certainly a lot of hope with the Newcastle supporters that Sam would be an excellent manager. Here was a man who had got Bolton Wanderers into Europe with precious little money available to him.

If he was to get a lot more money at Newcastle and understanding he was a great motivator wouldn’t he be just the man to bring Newcastle back to their glory days?

Well. It’s starting to look that way.


Sam Allardyce – one down and 37 to go

Here’s what Sam told the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“We’ve invested well, I’ve spent more than I’ve ever spent this summer and I’m grateful for that,”

“I’m fortunate to have that, I’ve been able to invest more on transfer fees and more on wages and I’ve got bigger and better players.”

“When you do that you have more quality, you can play better football.”

“When you don’t, it’s about upsetting bigger and better teams, it’s about embarrassing them and it’s something you don’t get credit for. “

“You’re doing it with lesser players and that makes you better than them.”

“But it also means people start saying you’re something you’re not.”

The only negative with Sam was what type of game would he play since Bolton had been accused of playing the long ball and playing some boring stuff. We think that’ll be a complete red herring because in the first 45 minutes on Saturday, dare I say it, we looked a class outfit and that’s without six senior players still unavailable through injury.

Sam has worked some magic on some of our existing players too, such as Oba Martins and Charles N’Zogbia, both of which had outstanding games. Not sure where Sam is going to play young Charles once Jose Enrique comes in at left back – but he needs to find a spot for him somewhere – he’s that good.

Much credit has to go to Newcastle’s board and in particular Chairman Chris Mort who seems to have slotted in nicely and supported Sam very well over the last few weeks. He certainly gives a professional look to our club, and we think he’ll represent Newcastle United very well. We just hope he’s not an interim chairman since his wife and kids are still back in their home in North London.

One thing that was very noticeable in the game on Saturday were just how organized we were. The commentators at the game kept pointing out that every single Newcastle player knew exactly what he had to do at all times and in all situations.

Is it possible that Sam’s the Man for Newcastle. We think so.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • john75

    Aug 13, 2007 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s nice that the club is finally being run in a calm professional manner. Sam will not suffer any fools lightly and it is up to the players to prove themselves to him and get into the team. He already seems to have the players on his side, and once we get everyone back, our team should be fantastic. As well as N’zogbia, who I agree we have to find a place for, don’t forget about Duff, who , although he has much to prove, could be like a new signing, once he is fit and motivated. It must be a fantastic dilemma to have, picking from a squad of godd, talented and motivated players, rather than a bunch of headless chickens, who have no sense of team-work (which was evident at times last season). There will also be new faces before the end of August, possibly not just in defence as well. Happy happy days

  • Beastie

    Aug 13, 2007 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #2

    I was at redcar races and i was listenin to reports jumpin up n down like an idiot and everyone said if we play like that we will scare alot of people, and touch wood the defence looks alreet, a like rozenhal u cant b a muppet gettin 30 caps for your national team, the lad from lyon he didnt play but to get him for nothing and the spanish kid what a quality signin!!! wud love to see maybe another centre half, right bk also an attacking midfielder! BIG SAMS BLACK N WHITE ARMY bouncin round the reebok sounded marvellous!

  • Bev

    Aug 13, 2007 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #3

    yep we seem to have shifted most of that deadwood on from the last few seasons and have a completely fresh start from the bottom up! just need to get rid of dyer and nobby and loan out luque, bring in 3 or 4 new faces and we will have a good solid season. still top of the league!

  • Tez

    Aug 13, 2007 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #4

    We don’t want to loan out Luque its a waste especially if Sam can get the best of him – he is really talented. If anyone can SAM can.

    Would like to see a RB come in and if we can’t get a CD then hopefully the RB is versitile enough to cover CB…

  • Kash

    Aug 13, 2007 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #5

    We did looked very organised and we got the ball down and played it about too. I really enjoyed watching us play, but that slight nervousness did come back when they scored, but soon subsided as we slowed down the play and killed off the game. The only points I would put across are;
    1) Rozey looked good, but needs more games to learn the premiership.
    2) N’Zogbia was great at playing left back, but he got sucked out of position a couple of times.
    3) We’re missing 1 player in midfield, someone who can just take the game by the scruff of the neck. The playmaker, maybe Emre will do this but I think another player is required.

    We’re 4 players away from attaining an extremely strong squad and i’m looking forward to Saturday. Well done BSA and well done players, I was proud and still am, considering we’re top of the EPL!

    PS I really like the way we defended from the front, and I thought Butt, Geremi and Smith we’re outstanding in midfield!

  • Bev

    Aug 13, 2007 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #6

    i agree sam could get the best out of luque, but don’t think he will get in the current squad and won’t do his confidence any good sitting on the bench, where as if he can prove to BS that he can play week in week out and score a few goals he will come back a different player and will hopefully have an impact that will make the squad even harder to choose from

  • Beastie

    Aug 13, 2007 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #7

    has anyone seen this lad mario yepes from PSG? everyone is sayin he is a snip at 2million even though he is 31!

  • Kash

    Aug 13, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Too old and don’t think he’s the right player. I think BSA will be looking for a versatile defender who’s able to play across a number of positions!

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 13, 2007 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Yes he is a solid defender, a goodtackler. There are some highlights of him with his time at PSG:

    Ill post the link:


    Arne Friedrich for RB, he can play CB and RW 🙂

  • will

    Aug 13, 2007 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Bye bye Titus Bumble, 90% of the result on Saturday has to be attributed to the fact that he wasn’t in the starting lineup for once.

  • rich

    Aug 13, 2007 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #11

    everyone must agree that we are playing with a confidence that has not been seen in our club since the days of Sir Bobby & King Kev, and im a firm believer we look better than we did under Sir Bobby and look how well we did under him! we wereone of the top 4 clubs under Sir Bobby and i believe sam can get us back their.

    roll over Arsenal, your time has come and gone! 🙂

  • Kash

    Aug 13, 2007 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #12

    Rich, I have to agree, we oused confidence and all the players stuck to the gameplan. I’ve been very impressed with what I have seen so far and maybe we can be slightly ambitious this season and hope we make it far in the cups. As for Top 4 finish, well that might be pushing it slightly, especially since we don’t have that one magician that sets the Top 4 (Arsenal – Van Persie/Fabregas, Chelsea – Drogba, Man Utd – Ronaldo, Liverpool – Gerrard) apart from the other teams. Once we have that magic player, I think we can challenge at the top. Can Riquelme be that player, I think so!

  • Beastie

    Aug 13, 2007 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #13

    think we need s couple of old heads at the back!

    owen must b close to comin back as he is in the reserve team tonite with the clown up front nxt to him

  • bobby

    Aug 13, 2007 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #14

    i dissagree with those suggesting luque has a future. We should get him off the wage bill as soon as we can. he has been a waste of skin since he came here.

  • Bob

    Aug 13, 2007 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #15

    If Owen comes back, on top form – then he will be our “magician”. Unlikely, to be honest, as he has spent so much time out – but stranger things have happened.

    Milner is looking very impressive as well. Top player.

  • Bob

    Aug 13, 2007 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #16

    RE: Mario Yepes

    Maybe we will play him at centre-back and put Cacapa/Taylor at right back? He’s bigger than Cacapa so maybe Big Sam will favour him in the centre.

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 13, 2007 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #17

    Mario yepes is taller but not stronger than Cacapa

  • LiamBirchy8

    Aug 13, 2007 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #18

    yepes, diop and diouf would be great signings.

  • SS

    Aug 13, 2007 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #19

    Its OK being better than where we were 3 years ago under Sir Bob , but so is everybody else – there is still a step change to go before we will break into the top 4 again.
    Saturday was very very encouraging in a lot of ways, and light years better than the end of last season- but Anelka showed there is still a way through our defence, and if he could’ve been arsed to play for more than 10 minutes it could’ve been a very different story. …..and you have to ask where goals number 4 and possibly 5 were in the second half, to reflect our dominance. You could argue that we were flattered by Bolton’s inadequacy in the first 30 minutes.
    We have some way to go yet, but despite how this post sounds I am really optimistic for this season – just lets not get carried away yet…..

  • Bill F

    Aug 13, 2007 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #20

    Yepes looked a bit of a bruiser from what I have seen of him. Good ball skills but liable to pick up yellow cards and not finish every match, still think he would be a good buy. I wouldn’t want Diop or Diouf we can do better. Don’t suppose Sorin is available?

  • Stami

    Aug 13, 2007 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Kash “especially since we don’t have that one magician that sets the Top 4” i have to disagree with you there. i watched the game, and saw our ‘magican’ strike, twice. Our magican Oba Martins looked in fine form, and think he proved himself to be the man to fill the HUGE boots of the Newcastle number 9!

    i am EXTREMELY impressed with our start to the season
    Well done boys, and well done BSA

  • Bill F

    Aug 13, 2007 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #22

    Oba’s goal has to be a contender for goal of the season, I only saw the highlights on the beeb but comments and reports all suggest a solid defensive display apart from the sorry sight of Carr lumbering after Anelka, unless he can improve his speed (unlikely) it could be costly in future games we need a Des Walker (when he was good).

  • michael

    Aug 13, 2007 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #23

    SS – You’re disappointed that we only scored 3!! Get a grip, it’s football not rugby!

    Kash – Don’t have a magician? I should hope not David Blane is tragically hopeless at footsoccerball. And as far as a midfielder who can pick up a game by the scruff of the neck, didn’t we sign one Joey “cover yer eyes” Barton.

    Most apparent from saturday (and i’ve watched it twice on football first) was the actual fact that we had a gameplan. We’ve never been organised and this why bolton were so suprised!
    Secondly although Carr was slower I’m not convinced many RBs would have caught Nicholas Anelka. It was just that Nolan got away a very good pass, and noone closed him down fast enough. But then we did for the rest of the time so that was good.
    Thirdly if we were looking for a gap to fill I would like a midfielder who can run at folk with a bit of pace and dribble and shoot a bit. Like Kieron Dyer but with 2 legs.
    I can’t wait til Duffers is fit and flying. He’ll slot in brilliantly as one of the front three. I’ve thought 4-3-3 was the way forward for a while now.
    Man U and Chelsea have both shown how succesful it can be going forward and in defence. Oh aye, and still Mickey O, Joey Barton to add!!

  • michael

    Aug 13, 2007 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #24

    Can I at this point say how much I will miss the days when Newcastle United Football Club was the most exciting soap opera on Sky Sports News. Whilst there have been few highs (Though a few promised) the great imagination shown by whatever divine sporting force which thrust us into such tragic situation followed closley by a calamity can only be commended. I for one am glad that they have subjected us to the misery so that we can better enjoy the successes of a future strecthed out before us.
    Take us Big Sam. Take us out of Egypt and write in tablets of stone the decrees of sporting science.
    Burn the sodomisers like Dyer and Shepard and wash there sins from the land of the Lord.
    Most of all O’Lord thank you for giving us another chance. Thank you for not making us Leeds!

  • Kash

    Aug 13, 2007 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #25

    @Michael – Barton could possibly be facing prison time for his part in battering the hell out of Dabo. However, he is a box-to-box player (like Nolan of Bolton), not a player who dictates the tempo of the team (previously Okocha and Djorkaeff of Bolton), like Gerrard, Xavi, Riquelme, Scholes etc etc. I really think we need that one player.

    As for our magician, yes Oba is class and he does provide some moments of magic, but don’t you think that with Riquelme and Oba in the team we have more than enough to go one step further in the league?!

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 13, 2007 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #26

    The proof of the pudding is in the eating – we need another great performance on Saturday night against Aston Villa – who are a good team. Remember Bobby Robson’s home debut as manager – 8-0 against Sheffield Wednesday – but a win would be good enough – we need every point we can get.

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 13, 2007 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #27

    Michael Owen needs a good game tonight – there’s no way Martins shouldn’t start on Saturday he’s electric – just unbelievable. Also – young Charles N’Zogbia is playing as good as he’s ever played. Think Sam’s found he’s got a few gems in the squad that were here before he arrived.

  • michael

    Aug 13, 2007 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #28

    I’ve always thought that we had a few gems in the squad, which was why i was dead against the doom merchants when we hadn’t signed anybody for a month. I don’t think r
    Riquelme would be that great in Engerland as he struggled enough in Spain. People have been touting players that would be out of our price range like Quaresma and Lahm. If we couldn’ t get Habib Beye then we won’t sign that sort of class. We were always going to be better than predicted on the back of last season. Still think with Duff and Owen to come back, and Joey Barton bursting on we will be much better yet.
    I’m not convinced we need to sign more players unless they are of suitable quality. i.e. not Yepes, Hangeland or Drago. If they aren’t good enough to start I think we should keep our cash til Janurary.

  • michael

    Aug 13, 2007 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #29

    P.S. Barton won’t go to jail. He might have scouse roots but he’s still a rich white guy, with a lawyer who is obviously confident of winning (Hence calling Stuart Pearce ,who JB slagged off in the press, as a witness).

  • Rich

    Aug 13, 2007 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #30

    ^^ Michael, even if Barton had no money he wouldnt be going to jail… how many people do you know who have been sent down for chinning a bloke? i think either a commuted service at the very most, but im expecting a hefty fine, slap on the wrists and maybe some community service… saying that i can imagine the london press will have a field day with Joy B picking up litter around the toon….

    i agree that Oba is amaizng but i also agree that we need that attacking/creative magic… someone like Fabregas, or Ronaldo, or Essien etc.. just that extra bit of style in the middle of the park.

    I think Deco & Riquelme are too old, i wouldnt mind them obviusly but i want a young player for the future 🙂

    P.S. I think Milner is our next star, i believe if we continue to play hiim…. which we will… he will be the real deal in 1-2 seasons and once hes established himself in the England swaud then he will be compred to the likes of Ronaldo etc… he is a great player IMO and he can only get better under Sam.

    i keep on thinking what life would of been like if Sam had accepted the offer straight after SIr Bobby’s tenure…. i think Managers like Souness & Roeder hindered players like Milner & Zog….

  • david veitch

    Aug 13, 2007 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #31

    I watched a real team performance on saturday. Sam knows what he is doing and he knows it.
    Sam could make Sunderland a top team so god knows how far we will go in the future.
    Has everyone got there passports.

  • michael

    Aug 13, 2007 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #32

    Agreed. Souness was getting Blackburn relegated and my mate who supports them was laughing at me. Roeder only got the job cos FFS didn’t want to give Martin O’Neil a big transfer fund. Glad we got big Sam in the end. I truly believe he is as good as Ferguson, and will take us to the champions league in 2 years time.

  • Big Sam Fan

    Aug 13, 2007 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #33

    Tom Toon……
    Your clip of Yepes is great and he really reminds me of how Rio Ferdinand used to play a few years back coming out of defence with the ball and he looks quick enough to cover at LB aswell!!


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