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Alex Ferguson – Sam Will do Well at Newcastle

Alex Ferguson, probably the greatest British manager ever, has talked about three current managers in the Premiership whom he admires.

Sir Alex’ comments came at the Citizens Theater in his home town of Glasgow. He mentioned the managers in response to a question he was asked about who he thinks would succeed him as manager at Manchester United.

Let’s take a look at what he said – because Big Sam was mentioned in a positive light.


Sir Alex Ferguson – greatest British manager ever

The Manchester United boss talked about both the current Newcastle United and Sunderland managers as rivals whom he admires. Ferguson, who will turn 66 on new year’s eve, also said his current assistant manager Carlos Queiroz will be a strong contender.

Ferguson revealed that Roy Keane, Sam Allardyce and current Charlton Athletic boss Alan Pardew, have impressed him during the last few years in the way they manage their clubs and players.

This is what Sir Alex said:

“Pardew at Charlton has got something about him, he is a good young manager,”

“Roy Keane has got a good chance, he has something about him.”

“Of the older ones, Sam Allardyce is a very influential manager.” “His way of managing is very different. He is very into the sports science, he had about 16 people working behind the scenes at Bolton.”

“He knew how many yards his players were running, how many sprints they were making.” “During the game he has got all the figures on a big screen behind the dug-out. He will do well at Newcastle.”

We would think Roy Keane, if he continues his excellent work with Sunderland, will be a strong contender, but Sunderland will not want to lose him, that’s for sure. Certainly Sunderland get excellent support from their fans and Roy seems to be enjoying life in the north-east. However, we wonder if Keane has sufficient quality in his side right now, to ensure Sunderland at least stay up this year. There’s no doubt Roy has made a phenomenal start to his management career.

Sam Allardyce will be going nowhere, as he has started so positively at Newcastle and fans can already see a turnaround. That change is not only in the way the team is playing but also in the players’ attitude to the game. It was easy to see the turnaround Sam has already achieved on Saturday against Wigan – and Sam promises more is to come. We do know Sam and Sir Alex are good friends and that Allardyce tried to do some business over the summer for both Sylvestre and Brown, but with no success. Former Manchester United players Nicky Butt and Alan Smith will be important players for Newcastle this year.

Alex Ferguson indicated his decision to retire would not be an easy one as he went on:

“The thing is I have not made my mind up when I’m retiring,” “It’s not going to be an easy decision.”

“The important thing is to leave a good team.” “The present team is very, very good but they will get better.”

Certainly we think Ferguson miss the game when he retires – and football will certainly miss him.

16 comments so far

  • apan

    Sep 5, 2007 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #1

    yes finally some credit to BSA, his one of the most underated manager in EPL who else uses his way of combining science and football, i doubt none

  • Aussie geordie

    Sep 5, 2007 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #2

    I think his man management skills are highly understated as well

  • Cyprus Mag

    Sep 5, 2007 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #3

    I agree Keane has some good attributes as a manager but it takes more than that to build a team which can survive in today’s premier league.
    Last season he carried the mackems up the table, that’s possible in the Championship but not in this league. Their team last year was terrible, they often went through whole games without a shot at goal.
    They have spent £30 million+ this year but I’m not convinced they have bought many players with the required class.
    Knowing the lack of committment of their supporters when things aren’t going well, I can see gates falling if results don’t improve. Given the huge investment and high salaries they will have had to offer to attract players to live in a place like Sunderland, does anyone else agree with me that Sunderland are prime targets for a next Leeds United?

  • Amornthep K

    Sep 5, 2007 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #4

    Well said Sir Alex Ferguson. Although I have quite similar view on this that BSA is doing good job combining Science with football, I have some idea that I want to share (not sure if any of you ll would agree but here goes)
    It seems that BSA has been enjoying the attention of the media too much. Although this will be good thing when the team are performing well but like any two sided sward, it can hurts us when team are not performing and each of their action, words and attitude are under constant lookout under microscope.
    It remind me of Glenn Roeder who use the media to discredit his own team when not playing well and gain credit when they actually win/play well. I think what goes on behind the scene is better left behind the scene. (I cannot fully say that I understand the power of media to penetrate one’s life but BSA should learn from the best (Sir Alex, Asene, Jose) that something are better left unsaid.) At this point, he might not have said thing which is harmful/ hurtful to any other players or team spirits but who is to say that this wont happen? I think the best solution is control whats is being leak out to media like what United, Chealsea, Arsenal does it.
    Lastly, if my opinion does offend anyone, please accept my apology. I meant no disrespect. Long to hear what other people think of this.
    Royal Fans

  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 5, 2007 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Fergies praise for Roy keane is premature as he’s done nothing to warrant it. Plus he’s spent too much money on mediocre players that one hopes, will keep Sunderland in PL.

    The praise for BSA is deserved based on his time at Bolton and the 3 month rebuild undertaken at Newcastle Utd. BSA has spent very little to change his squad although it’s looking very good with plenty quality and experience available in depth.

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 5, 2007 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #6

    Amornthep K – I think Sam does contriol what’s leaked out and always talks about generalities when he talks about personal problems. We’re sure Charles was NOT HAPPY at the beginning of training but Sam turned that around. It is dangerous to say too much to the press but we think (and hope) Sam is experienced enough not to say too much. Although he has on occasion talked about things that shouldn’t concern him….like when Roeder didn’t have his management qualifications a year ago when appointed Newcastle’s manager.

  • Tom from Aus

    Sep 5, 2007 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #7

    BSA is a top manager and with sir alex’s words of wisdom i think sam could be the next best british manager

  • Bill F

    Sep 5, 2007 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #8

    Perhaps Fergie is worried about the Toon potential and is starting some of his mind games. Although I can’t see him being too concerned about Charlton or Sunderlad at the moment.

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 5, 2007 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #9

    Just hoping England qualify for Euro 2008, cos if they don’t the FA will soon be saying bye bye Red-Faced Smog Monster, hello Big Sam Allardyce.
    That is if he accepts. But even with the way things are at the Toon I think he’d struggle to say no to the England job.

  • david veitch

    Sep 5, 2007 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #10

    Sam’s the business and Ferguson knows it, so get behind the big bear and watch us improve and eventually compete with the Man U’s of this world.

  • Andy T

    Sep 5, 2007 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #11

    Too True Toon Chicken – My biggest worry is that Sam is offered the England job before he has had a chance to get Newcastle into an “attractive” position (i.e. one where a world class manager would be tempted to take it on, knowing he could get world class players in). Actually thinking about it, in an Ideal world they would give Curbishly the job, because I think hes a good motivator and also gets the best out of players – him in charge of England with Sam in charge of Newcastle I think would be fantastic.

  • Amornthep K

    Sep 5, 2007 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #12

    Thank you for your input. I really do hope he is in control now and in the future should the team doesnt perform well (hope its long long time from now). Like I said, I m just concern and I think he is doing a good job at the moment to help boost the morale.

  • hadrian

    Sep 5, 2007 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #13

    i think the current manu squad is one of the weakest in a while , sure they have flair and creativity in abundance , but there all small guys who will be shoved off the ball regularly .
    as for big sam , ive a feeling like others have , that the toon is just a stepping stone to the england job .

  • AndyW

    Sep 5, 2007 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #14

    Sam will only get the England job when some faces at the FA change – however that might not be too far away and if/when it happens and McClaren is shown the door I have a real concern tha they will come calling for Sam.

    Question is would Sam turn down the chance to manage England? probably not and yo uprobably couldn’t blame him.

    It is a double edged sword in tha tthe more success he has at NUFC the more reliant on him we will be……….

  • Obafan

    Sep 5, 2007 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Great comment by a fantastic manager. Just what BSA deserves, cause his work is fantastic.

  • WelshWizard

    Sep 5, 2007 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #16

    BSA wont be offered the England job because of the Panarama programme and the Stevens report, even if innocent from any wrong doing his name was still tarnished in the eyes of the FA..

    our FA works in a very funny old fashioned way, that’s good for us this time because they’ll keep to there principles which will make them overlook BSA, the late great Brian Clough is an example of our great FA’s workings and even Venables…..

    Here’s to many a great year under the stewardship of BSA….

    Haway the lads…


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