GM Posted May 3, 2007 Share Posted May 3, 2007 http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2002390000-2007200395,00.html May 14th is Toon day By STEVE BRENNER May 03, 2007 SAM ALLARDYCE is set to become Newcastle boss by May 14 — just hours after the curtain falls on the Premiership season. Big Sam is in line to replace Glenn Roeder but under the terms of his exit from Bolton, he is not allowed to get a new job until the campaign has finished. But as soon as the final whistle blows on Sunday May 13, Toon chairman Freddy Shepherd will swoop for Allardyce and stop Manchester City scuppering his plans. That all spells bad news for Roeder, who is heading towards the St James’ Park exit door after failing to convince Shepherd he is the man to revive Tyneside’s fortunes. Allardyce is seen by Toon officials as the figurehead the club needs to make inroads into the top four. And with bitter rivals Sunderland revitalised under the inspirational Roy Keane, Shepherd is fretting at the prospect of the Black Cats becoming the North East’s biggest club. Shepherd is wary of Roeder blowing all the summer transfer budget and is keen to talk to Allardyce, who jetted off on holiday last night. A Toon source admitted: “Freddy isn’t being very forthcoming about Glenn’s future or any potential transfer budget and admits Sam’s availability has changed things. “Something could be happening very soon.” Newcastle’s lacklustre 1-0 defeat at Reading on Monday did not do Roeder’s cause any favours. And it looks likely that not even a rousing finale in the final two games against Blackburn and Watford can save his skin. Roeder, 51, has endured a shocking run of injuries this season, with £16million Michael Owen and Shola Ameobi only just returning from long-term lay-offs. * But his failure to take a team forward that includes Kieron Dyer, Oba Martins, Scott Parker and Nicky Butt has set alarm bells ringing. Newcastle crashed out of the UEFA Cup’s last 16 against AZ Alkmaar and will probably finish outside the top half of Premiership. Shepherd was close to appointing Allardyce three years ago after Bobby Robson was sacked but failed to land him after he refused to leave Bolton in the lurch. The latest developments have still not stopped Roeder planning for next season, although a move for his top target Sol Campbell has been laughed off. Roeder wants to sign an experienced central defender with Portsmouth’s former England stalwart Campbell leading his list of names. Campbell, 32, has one year left on his Fratton Park deal. But Pompey boss Harry Redknapp said: “Newcastle haven’t got a chance of having Sol Campbell — not a prayer. “They spoke to him last summer when he left Arsenal but we got him and we’ll be keeping him.” Well that should sell a few more papers for Murdoch up here...bag of shite, it's nailed on he'll end up going to Manchester City. Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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