Sam Allardyce has mentioned three players who he tried and failed to bring to Newcastle during his brief stay on Tyneside.
Despite only having one transfer window, Allardyce signed 10 players when he was St James Park.
However, in his new book, the current Sunderland manager suggested it could have all been different if he had got the players he really wanted.
Same old Fat Sam – always an excuse…somebody else’s fault.
Sam Allardyce has already stated he was very proud of what he ‘built in a short period of time’ at Newcastle but implies it could have been ‘even’ better.
Allardyce has repeated his claim that Mike Ashley prevented him signing Luka Modric.
Back in 2010 Sam Allardyce told the Sunday Mirror:
“I had got the staff in place and we were ready to rock and roll.
“What we needed was bigger and better players, like a Luka Modric. Modric was in our training ground, having a look around. He was top of our list.
“But then somebody told Mike I wasn’t the man. They told him Harry Redknapp was and I got booted out. Then Harry changed his mind.”
The following summer it was reported that Kevin Keegan also tried to sign Luka Modric but he ended up going to Tottenham in that window.
In the new book Allardyce states he also lost out on another two players who would go on to be Premier League success stories:
“We tried for Leighton Baines at Wigan and Phil Jagielka at Sheffield United but I got Jose Enrique from Villarreal, eventually Habib Beye from Marseille and Abdoulaye Faye from Bolton on transfer deadline day.
“I also signed Joey Barton from Man City who I thought would liven things up, which he did, though not in a good way.”