The Summer That Almost Destroyed Newcastle United
On June 30th an important milestone will have been reached, when Alan Smith is at last thankfully on his way – it will be the final act played out from a summer spending spree that brought Newcastle United to its knees.
When Mike Ashley swooped fro Newcastle United it looked like all our prayers had been answered…and maybe they would have been if it hadn’t been for Sam Allardyce.
Only weeks before the takeover, Freddie Shepherd’s final significant act was to appoint Allardyce.
No matter that most of us were dismayed at his appointment, even Ashley’s harshest critic couldn’t have expected him to sack the self-important idiot before he’d even took charge of a match….if only he had though!
Allardyce survived half a season but we could see the writing on the wall as performances got worse and worse, thanks to the team the new manager had assembled.
How different things could have been with a Keegan or Pardew investing Ashley’s opening offer to strengthen the team, which was a sizeable sum – especially when you considered the wages.
Instead Allardyce brought in Viduka, Smith, Barton, Geremi, Rozehnal, Beye, Faye, Enrique and Cacapa.
All came in on top dollar as suddenly released from Bolton’s limited budget he was the proverbial kid in the sweet shop.
Jose Enrique is a quality player but even he came in on a decent transfer fee and top wages. Beye and Faye showed form over a limited period but could hardly be called successes overall.
Don’t get me started on Viduka and Geremi, both of them a disgrace to the shirt. Barton and Smith were equally calamitous buys, bringing in other clubs’ damaged goods on monstrous five year top money contracts, plus Barton had a court case rapidly approaching.
How sickening is it that Allardyce could almost destroy our club and the walk away with a massive pay-off, yet still telling any idiot who’d listen that given time he would have taken Newcastle places.
Allardyce was to blame more than any other person for the relegation that followed the next season, obviously Ashley must shoulder blame as he is top of the tree but it was Allardyce who was given the backing but brought in relegation players on top four money.
So farewell Alan Smith, whenever I think of Sam Allardyce I think of you.Not one goal in five years at Newcastle, the final very sick joke of Sam Allardyce’s reign.
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