They say “Stick To What You Know”, although we’re not sure who “They” are or why they’re qualified to tell us how to run our lives. But if they were, then new Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce would be making “Them” proud.
After arriving at St. James’ park, some were claiming that Sam’s transfer policy at Bolton of bringing in incredibly old or troubled players and turning them into effective Premiership players was not what they wanted at Newcastle. Other’s said he was merely working with what he had at his old club, and would be thinking bigger at a “Big Club”.
But so far, the pessimists have been right. Hot on the heels of Nicolas Anelka and El Hadji Diouf at the Reebok, Sam has focused on utter nutter Joey Barton from Manchester City.
And now, in the vein of Ivan Campo, Gary Speed, and Fernando Hierro is aging and slightly fat Middlesbrough striker Mark Viduka who has agreed a move in principle.
The more impatient Newcastle fans will be angry at a perceived lack of ambition but the more realistic ones will understand that Bolton has finished above Newcastle two out of the last three Premiership seasons and collected far, far more points. If Allardyce can get the Geordie’s to Bolton’s level quickly by doing what he knows – then it might be a good idea to let him.