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Sam to root out factions
21 May 2007 - 13:30:46
Newly-installed Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce has vowed to stamp out any dressing room factions in a bid to improve team spirit.
Allardyce was appointed Glenn Roeder's successor at St James' Park last week and the former Bolton Wanderers boss has spent the opening days of his reign assessing the players and staff currently at his disposal.
The 52-year-old has already released five players - including one-time £5million purchase Titus Bramble - and has hinted that more changes will follow during a summer of upheaval.
"I'm gradually getting around seeing all of the staff at the training ground and getting a run down on the players we've got ahead of next season," he told the club's official website.
"I have been looking at the training programme and pre-season with the staff and the chairman and then targeting a few players.
"This summer is about recruitment and getting the best players we can for this great football club.
"It's about building day-to-day team spirit and everyone learning to trust each other and that will pay dividends in the end.
"I have to get the playing squad all pulling in the same direction, there could be one or two fractions in the dressing room and I have to sort that out.
"We have a talented bunch of boys and they obviously need a little bit more guidance."