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Football: Big Sam is no loan arranger


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5 July 2007

The Evening Chronicle, Newcastle



© 2007 The Newcastle Chronicle & Journal Ltd

Youngsters to stay in Toon

SAM ALLARDYCE has revealed how he may have to must sacrifice the development of his Toon young guns in order to keep his Newcastle United ship shape in his first season at St James' Park.

In an ideal world United kids like Dutch keeper Tim Krul, promising striker Andy Carroll and Canadian Under-20 skipper David Edgar would have relished the chance to go to a Football League club in order to gain regular first-team experience so they can challenge for a more senior role in 12 months' time.

However, under new Football League rules Big Sam would have to allow any potential loanee to be farmed out for the entire season, unlike the more traditional one or three-month loan deals the Magpies have arranged in the past.

And that means that both Ipswich Town and Hartlepool United have had their hopes dashed of attracting Carroll and Krul respectively who they had hoped would join them on short term deals, while Edgar had also expressed a desire to play "week in, week out" at first-team level to gain experience.

With four new boys already in the bag at Newcastle, Allardyce has already boosted the paper-thin squad he inherited from Glenn Roeder.

But with last season in mind, when the poorly assembled squad struggled to get to grips with a long season at home and abroad despite nobody going out on loan, Big Sam doesn't want a repeat.

He told the Chronicle: "The loan system has changed in the Football League this year, and has now converted to the same system we have to put up with, which is only year-long loans.

"You can't do any more emergency loans, or one, two or three-month loans.

"It means if I'm going to let a player go on loan, it's effectively a short-term transfer.

"There's no call-back or recall. And the last thing I want to do is leave myself short if anything happens - we've already got to try and get more players in to cover what we need.

"And to let players go out on loan would be very difficult this year unless the squad grows to the sort of size by the end of the transfer window that I'd feel a young player would develop better by having six months or a year on loan somewhere else.

Therefore Allardyce is going into the campaign cautious and added: "If you run into difficulties at the end of August, there's nothing you can do about it but use the players you have within your football club.

"That's why I think the transfer window is flawed."

It means that while United may not gain loan experience for their youngsters, they will have a strong side in the reserves, meaning Lee Clark will have a wealth of Academy-grown talent at this disposal for the new campaign.

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My Sheffield Wednesday fan-friend at work says that the rules ARE in effect (they tend to build their club around such 3 and 6 month loans) so there seems to be a lot of discrepancy over the issue. I wonder if we can can find some links to online sources since this is obviously an issue with serious ramnifications.

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The FA press spokesman told me: "The loan system next season will be exactly the same as last season."

Town chairman David Sheepshanks, who is on the Football League board, said much the same other than to mention that emergency loans outside the transfer window can't subsequently be turned into long-term deals. Looked for the quote but can't find it online.

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