Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Allardyce Positive

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Allardyce Positive

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Byline: By Luke Edwards

IT has been a hectic first few months for Sam Allardyce but Newcastle United's manager believes there are plenty of reasons to be positive after an encouraging start to his reign at St James's Park.

Allardyce has spent the last week on holiday after a draining first few months on Tyneside where he has overseen the reconstruction of the first-team squad, as well as major changes in the coaching set-up and backroom staff.

And although the 52-year-old probably needed the international break to recharge his batteries after the stress and strain of the transfer window, he is confident solid foundations are in place for his first campaign as Newcastle manager. The Magpies have won two and drawn two of their opening four Premier League games to move up to sixth in the table and have also secured a Carling Cup clash with last year's beaten finalists Arsenal. And while United had to work hard for a 1-0 win over Wigan last weekend, they have a game in hand on those above them.

"I think there are plenty of reasons to be positive at the moment.," said Allardyce, who will be back at United's training ground early next week. "We've had a good start to the season, we're unbeaten in five games, challenging at the top end of the table and into the next round of the Carling Cup. I'm pleased with how things have gone. It has been a hard first four months, but a rewarding one. When I arrived there was a lot to sort out, not just in getting the squad right, but also in terms of getting things sorted behind the scenes as well. The transfer window is a stressful time for any manager but perhaps more so for me because I was taking over at a new club.

"I don't think the transfer window is something managers enjoy, but I'm satisfied with the players that we have brought in and the squad is stronger now than it was."

Allardyce (pictured right) has brought in nine new faces to Newcastle, with 12 players leaving the club. …

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