Date: 10th August 2007 at 3:54pm
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Big Sam says he has fully briefed the team with his infinite knowledge of Bolton Wanderers ahead of this weekends Premiership kick off.

Talking to the official sites Newcastle World TV, he said:

‘They’re my players so I know all about them of course. I think they’ve decided upon a change of style in the system that they play but their approach will be the same as it was under me. And, if they are all guns blazing then it’s difficult to cope with. That is why they’ve done so well in the league over the past few years. We have to compete with that element of Bolton’s strengths which is what I know about and is what I’ll be telling the lads about.’

Adding, ‘We’ll be aiming to nullify those strengths and expose the weaknesses which I am also aware of and hopefully that will be the case on Saturday.’

Big Sam v Little Sam? My money is on Allardyce. Win for the Magpies.

Full interview at: www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk

He also warned the players in a report by Miles Starforth in the Shields Gazette, ‘If we don’t play 100 per cent, then we’ll lose tomorrow.’

And on our terrible record there, something he can take the blame for! ‘We’ve already lost there five times on the trot. We’re the underdogs – that’s a fact because you’ve got to look at the record. We can’t get carried away when we get down to the Reebok. In the past we’ve had a miserable record there and got battered on several occasions. We have to make sure we turn it round.’

We should be far tougher this year with Sam in charge, this is a totally new set up and woe betide anyone who takes us lightly either.