Guest graemeh72 Posted May 1, 2007 Share Posted May 1, 2007 An Allardyce approach is obviously an option running through Shepherds head, if for no other reason than a) he offered him the job before and b) he's available. The fact that Roeder is heading for our lowest Prem points total must be making Shepherd think even harder... So what are Shepherds options; currently he has two (I'm writing off Sven as tabloid tittle tattle (well the Times is a tabloid now)) 1) Keep Roeder Well Roeder is Shepherds man, his appointment - the appointment that Shepherd admitted he had to get right. Shepherd so far has done the right thing in backing his manager's strategy over the past 12 months; he's bought into the plan of rebuilding the football club, scouting network and youth development. However, Roeder has been blessed with absolutely no luck whatsoever and on top of that is struggling in with the 1st team and results. Shepherd would then have to financially back Roeder in the market this summer with a minimum of £10-15 million to even start at rebuilding the defence. The plan being that a new defence and relatively injury free season will propel the club into top 6 and gather momentum again. Sticking with Roeder is the honourable thing, of which Shepherd incidentally has very little, but the risk is that Roeder doesn't get the club into Europe at the end of 2007/8... In addition, most fans know that if the non -Europe scenario comes close to reality Shepherd would pull the trigger on Roeder; so how many games would Shepherd give Roeder, 6? Christmas, Easter. Failure next season after 10 games could possibly set the club back until 2009/2010 (based on 2007/8 being a failure, 2008/9 rebuild and 2009/10 being Euro qualification) Alternatively, will Shepherd act before then? 2) Sack Roeder, Appoint Allardyce Allardyce, the ex Sunderland man who has turned down the Newcastle job before on the basis that he wouldn't work with Shearer, a current player at the time. Shepherd must be thinking “which of the two has the better chance of a) getting the club into Europe and b ultimately winning something?” Sam "Prozone" Allardyce might very well be Shepherd answer. The results man who can get the best out of a misfiring bunch and take the club to UEFA / CL football. Shepherd wanted Allardyce a few years ago, so he probably still fancies him… or does he What we don’t know is … Did Allardyce decline the job gracefully or did Shepherd and Allardyce have harsh words over Shearers involvement? ... We may be about to find out Mnd you I wonder what would happen if Allardyce was given the job,was a success and then the FA knocked on the door? .......................................................... On purely speculative conspiracy tip, we know ... That Allardyce resigned to Gartside 2 weeks ago ….. That Newcastle’s share price took a surprising upturn last week ….. Hhmmm 1+1 = 6 ….maybe …maybe not Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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