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Sam's Toon

By Lee Ryder on May 12, 07 11:26 AM

So all that can happen now appears to be that Big Sam turns us down.

That’s something that has happened before (twice actually) but since that snub Newcastle United’s desperation to re-join the big boys has intensified, Sunderland are about to overtake us and Sam Allardyce simply outgrew Bolton and the Reebok Stadium.

Nothing wrong with ambition is there?

And if Sam is the man, then he must have it in bucket loads if he is keen on getting the good ship Magpie back on to the water.

We are today invited to believe that a three hour lunch at swanky Claridges in London finally clinched the deal and that Toonland is about to welcome one of the more modern managers into St James’ Park.

That means ear pieces in dug-outs, tons of backroom staff, performance coaches, plenty of spaceage equipment and an eye for overseas talent.

Question marks over the tactics of Big Sam do remain but one thing is for certain, it did get him results at the Reebok – even if it is abject.

Not one for seeing balls coming down covered in snow round here are we?

But also sick of getting overturned by the likes of Sheff United, Man City or Blackburn.

In terms of an eye for talent for Big Sam.

Well, It’s not just overseas players like Ivan Campo, El-Hadji Diouf, Nicolas Anelka or Jay Jay Okacha that he took a chance on but also overage players, or at least the more experienced heads.

Gary Speed, Les Ferdinand and Youri Djorkaeff – as well as Campo and Okacha - were all supposed to be past their best but still did a job for Bolton didn’t they?

Yet it’s not just players with fine reputations for the ex-Notts County and Blackpool boss.

For every player like Campo, who had a glittering career with Real Madrid behind him, there is a Kevin Nolan or a Kevin Davies.

Nolan was shown the door at Liverpool as a kid but pinned the rejection letter on his bedroom door to motivate him every day.

Sam Allardyce got wind of this and has produced a great box to box midfielder that Newcastle would love in their ranks now.

Davies was dropped for the FA Cup final in 2002 with Southampton and deemed not good enough for the Saints before finding redemption at Bolton.

His first job will be to tempt Michael Owen into staying and sign a contract that doesn’t have the horror of a bigger-club release clause, so best of luck with that one!

Whether Allardyce is your cup of tea or not he would bring plenty of positives to St James’ Park if he can replicate what he has done at Bolton.

He’s won nowt and didn’t get the England job either and there is the Panorama epidsode.

But Brian Clough didn’t get the England job.

Kevin Keegan didn’t win a thing.

And if Newcastle do lift a trophy with Big Sam smiling at the bottom of the revamped Wembley steps next season, do you really care about an old Panorama programme that probably won’t even make UK Gold?

7 Comments

Joey Mains said:

I don't think he's the right man for the job, but I wish him well. Hope the first thing he does is to sell Dyer to some unsuspecting London club so he can drag them through the muck. He's going to have to be pretty canny to deal with some of our more irksome players. Let's hope he isn't as confontational as Souness, that he doesn't let them walk all over him a la Robson and that he doesn't resort to Shepherd's time-honoured way of dealing with matters by upping their wages in the hope it'll make them better and more loyal players. Taxi for Owen, anyone?

Joey Mains said:

I don't think he's the right man for the job, but I wish him well. Hope the first thing he does is to sell Dyer to some unsuspecting London club so he can drag them through the muck. He's going to have to be pretty canny to deal with some of our more irksome players. Let's hope he isn't as confontational as Souness, that he doesn't let them walk all over him a la Robson and that he doesn't resort to Shepher's time-honoured way of dealing with matters by upping their wages in the hope it'll make them better and more loyal players. Taxi for Owen, anyone?

Dave Carter said:

I think that Mr Allardyce is the type of manager the club needs and needs quickly, it's such a sad state to wake up at the end of the season and see more disruption taking place at the club, after the taming of players such as Anelka and Diouf im sure he is capable bringing some sort of stability to the club, with regards to tactics I think he worked very well with what he had at Bolton, I dont recall watching many out and out wingers at Bolton, if any at all. Another new era beckons! Lets all hope its a successful one!

John Sadler said:

The NUFC faithful have always supported new incomers, whether it be newly aquired players, or incoming managers. Every fan, once the decision is made to employ the services of a particular individual, gives 100% support to them.

So Sam should you come to St James Park the faithful will welcome you with open arms and lets hope that along with your vast skills you bring us the luck that we faithul so rightly deserve.

Chris Gray said:

What you don't want is a manager who has been there and done it all. How many managers are recruited because of a record that they no longer have the hunger to repeat? Mourinho, OK, but he's still young. Clough, yes, but that was in another age. Allardyce is the right man for the moment because a) he is experienced enough b) he is hungry for a trophy (or two) and c) Newcastle are crying out for a thoughtful, modern regime instead of the short-term amateurism which has dogged us for years (Sir Bobby excepted - but in my opinion even he hadn't kept pace with the mentality of the modern footballer). We need someone who will not tolerate lack of commitment and who will act firmly and decisively with the rotten core of the club - Carr, Bramble, N'Zogbia, Babayaro, Dyer, Onyewu, Moore and Emre need to go - possibly even Parker, Martins and Owen if we could get decent money for them. He obviously wouldn't let them all go at once, but they all apart from possibly the last three need to be phased out in my view - or radically change their attitude. Make Butt captain, and build around Taylor, Milner, Duff, Ameobi (Allardyce I am sure will see Shola's potential, get him playing with more presence and improve his aerial ability), Given and the better younger players. He will presumably have a bit of money to invest, especially if he sells first. Bellamy (Allardyce could sort him), Bridge, Knight, Johnson, Bale, Nolan, Wright-Phillips. A few of them would do. Sidwell would do, but he seems to be gone. It wouldn't surprise me if the 49 year old Gary Speed made a comeback as a player for one more season. You know what? I think I'll renew that season ticket after all. Give Allardyce the money and he'll spend it well - unlike poor GR who didn't seem to have much idea. There I go again - every close season's the same and this one hasn't even started yet - next year we'll have a team playing with pride, passion and defending properly, competing for a cup or two and stuffing Sunderland at least twice. Dream on ...

alan said:

i think the appointment of big sam is a great one by freddy!! people talk about long ball by bolton but when the liverpools and chelsea's do it its considered to be a long pass... i really dont care how he makes us play i just want to start winning games and silverware!!
if big sam can sort out anelka im sure he can sort out dyer, get rid of the back 4 apart from taylor and we're on to a winner... bring in the likes of campbell, distin, bale and a bid for richards and we'll have a good back 4. the things are looking good for newcastle united so start being happy... lets be optimistic owen and martins will stay forming a great partnership next season... come on the toon!

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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