Guest Knightrider Posted May 15, 2007 Share Posted May 15, 2007 Now that we have appointed Big Sam as our new manager I have 100% faith in his abilities to successfuly manage our football club and while I don't quite know to which extent we'll be successful, I really do believe he will get us back into the top 6 in the long term and maybe even win us a trophy (Bolton have came close more than we have over the years to both - top 6 and a trophy) which I would consider very successful given where we will have had to come from which goes without saying is the mess of Souness and Roeder (you can't get too much lower than that aside from relegation). And, depending on funding, a bit of luck and whether the board allow him to run every aspect of the club how he sees fit (within reason) or not, well the sky could be the limit really as he is a very ambitious man and has already stated his intentions long term - top four, Title challenge and Champions League football. Given our resources why not. (I'm not saying he will achieve these things BTW, he will, however, go for these things - his words) That is long-term, in between he will obviously need time and patience as this isn't just about correcting the first-team and football side of things but off the pitch he has to create a whole new system, implement it and getting it to work which is as big a task as any and will not be something that can be done over night. Now because I regard the entire structure of the club to be of more importance than results on it or rather the football team, I personally will give Sam all the time it takes as for my money he is the right man and someone I trust and have beleif in to do the job I am looking for him to do (top 6, cup run, lay foundations off it etc.) as already covered above. This means I will even accept two shit seasons (ala Sir Bobby Robson's first two) from him if that is what it will take which I think it could well do. Therefore my expectations next season, despite my jubilation at his appointment, are pretty realistic I think and maybe even a tad low. In short I will be happy with a top 10 finish and expect a similar season to the one Villa have had. Disappointing in the main but with clear signs that we are heading in the right direction. Anything above and beyond the top 10 would be classed as a bonus by me. Despite Big Sam's abilities and the few decent players we already have not to mention the promise of more yet to be signed, I think the whole club needs shaken up and basically to start from scratch. I look at Newcastle as a club and see a whole load of mess that will take years to sweep away in my opinion, regardless of manager. The fact we now have a good one now means the clean up jobe will get done so to speak and that alone will make me happy, never mind on field results. Coaching, diet, fitness, training all that is now covered and will be taken care of by Big Sam and whoever he employs as part of his backroom staff, for once these thinsg will not worry me or have me hoping or looking at as things we could badly do with because I now know they're coming and once there will not be overseen by idiots like Terry Mac but skilled people. If allowed to impliment his system there won't be a club in the country with our kind of structure, well, maybe Bolton. (This will all take time of course) So safe in the knowledge that off the pitch is now being covered, worked on and will in time be "sorted" under Big Sam I turn to the team itself and this is what I'll be looking for from that... Unity, team spirit, shape, organisation, discipline, work ethic, well drilled, hard to beat, going places. I'm not too bothered about results or league position so long as the players on the pitch show all of the above and I can see at least some kind of light at the end of what will I feel, be a very long tunnel. That's me, that's my thoughts on Big Sam, next season and my expectations. I now implore every Toon fan to bite their lip whenever - as the man himself says - a sticky patch arises because there will be a few, football doesn't work any other way. If we do that I think at the end of it all we'll be celebrating Big Sam, our team and more importantly our club. With Roeder and Souness a sticky patch wasn't no "swings and roundabouts" it was a sign of trouble, big trouble as it turned out. Under Sam it will be a blip, a set back, a minor hicup on the road to success all clubs go through, especially successful ones. If we don't and Big Sam goes the way of others we won't deserve to see any success here and nor will we see it because you can't chop and change your manager everytime we hit a bump in the road and we now need to give this man who remember is the right man (on paper anway) as long as it takes, just like Sir Bobby. For he is no Roeder, Gullit, Souness or Dalglish. In fact I predict he'll be to this Newcastle what KK was to the '92 Newcastle, a catalyst who will drag this club up by its bootstraps and reverse the mismanagement and failures that have proceeded KK (with the exception of SBR) and I really believe that. This isn't a hunch it is based on the fact that we now have a manager who is as ambitious as they come, who has all the personal skills required, who has the ability to overhaul the structure of the club, lead and motivate players, buy well and above all else - who is exactly what we need or are looking for. Well the search is over. 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