After watching his side tumbling down last week against Portsmouth, Sam Allardyce are keen to prepare his best XI so far to be ready for the derby match this weekend. Toon gaffer has recalled all his squad to sit through and watch a full re-run of the Pompey's horror show.
Allardyce insists that he will be doing all he can to make sure his side are both physically and mentally ready for Saturday's lunchtime clash with Roy Keane's Premiership newcomers.
“I have to tell the players what they are doing right and what they are doing wrong last week and make sure they are ready for Sunderland.”
Indeed, Big Sam admits that he is still searching for his Newcastle Best of XI. Last Saturday's starting line-up versus Pompey seeing five changes from that which set out at Reading seven days earlier. While for the upcoming match, Sam Allardyce will make sure to have the Geordies roots on his squad.
Steve Harper and Steven Taylor are the only players with native Geordie's blood runs inside their veins, and Sam Allardyce will need them to transfers the Geordie passions to the other Newcastle's squad.
And in terms of finding his best squad, Sam Allardyce told the official site that as time goes on the Lads will get to know each other better, but in that time we have to make sure we get the right results and better performances and he wants that to start at Sunderland.
Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce also commented on the latest FIFA president's Sepp Blatter spoken in favour of bringing in a manager transfer window to work alongside the current system which governs the movement of players. Allardyce said the managers transfer window will creates inflation, mayhem and puts all football manager in a hugely difficult position.
He also believe to have a managers’ window transfers would cause chaos. “It would be utter chaos in that window, like there is utter chaos in the player transfer window,” said Allardyce. “The transfer window is completely flawed as far as I am concerned.”
He added: “The clubs need to show a bit more faith and patience in the managers they chose and give them the time to do the job, rather than react to media publicity.”