Big Sam wants winning start
Sam Allardyce insists his St James' Park revolution will take time, but Saturday's return to Bolton could be crucial.
By Peter Fraser
Last Updated: 10/08/07 5:28pm
Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce insists his St James' Park revolution will take time, but he believes Saturday's meeting with Bolton could be the perfect place to start.
Allardyce spent seven-and-a-half years at Bolton before quitting before the end of last season and taking over at Newcastle during the summer.
Newcastle travel to Bolton, on the back of a run of five defeats to the Trotters, for their first game of the Premier League season and Allardyce is desperate for a good result on his Reebok Stadium return.
"It could be as big a result as we will get all season if we can win," Allardyce said.
"It would be a major start to the season based on me getting in here and trying to change things around.
"Five consecutive defeats have got to stop on Saturday if we are going to achieve more than we did over the last two or three years.
"I have got to buy myself time like every manager does by producing enough results so that criticism does not fall my way like it has done for previous managers.
"The support I have had from the fans and the new board has increased so hopefully we will get to the level this club demands.
"It might not be in the first few months or even the first season, but we will get there."
Allardyce will have to cope without the services Shay Given, Michael Owen, Damien Duff, Joey Barton, Emre and Celestine Babayaro, who have all been ruled out of the season opener through injury.
However, David Rozehnal, Geremi, Mark Viduka and Alan Smith are set to make their debuts.