Newcastle’s Big Sam Driven By Fear of the Sack

Sam Allardyce has made a great start to his Newcastle management career by bringing in 7 good players to bolster the squad – which is now looking much stronger from when he took over in mid-May.

But like many managers in the Premiership, and many people not even in football, he is driven on by fear and in his case – fear of the sack.

Let’s listen to what Sam has to say about this – he’s as truthful as ever.


Sam Allardyce – driven on by fear of the sack – we hope he’s at Newcastle for many years to come

Sam Allardyce talked about managing his first competitive game at St. James’ Park tonight.

“I hope the welcome is bigger at the end of the game than the beginning. The Premier League is a cruel place and there is no guarantee things will go your way.”

“That is why it is so exciting but also why there is a huge amount of pressure on us. You can turn things around or just as quickly things can start to go a bit sour.”

“We all live in fear of the sack. That is what drives us on more than anything else. We all want to bring success to our clubs but we all want to avoid the sack.”

Sam is starting to have a lot more choice now that some players are coming back from injury. Michael Owen is unlikely to start with Mark Viduka and Obafemi Martins to continue their partnership up front.

Sam is relishing the prospect of having all three of his top strikers fully fit and ready to restore the Newcastle tradition of fine attacking play. Certainly Mark and Oba and the rest of our players looked a dominant attacking force against Bolton last week.

Allardyce added:

“Mark’s goal tally is unquestioned as is Michael’s if he stays fit.”

“Oba’s goals were great for his first year and we hope he will get even better.”

Finally an update on the injury situation at Newcastle and it’s looking better. In the PhysioRoom League Table Manchester United top the league with 8 injuries and Newcastle are now down to 11th place with 5 injuries. Emre is now back in training from his ankle injury.
The players still injured are:

S Given 	 Groin 			no return date
A Luque 	 Groin Strain 		18th Aug 07
C Babayaro 	 Groin 			26th Aug 07
J Barton 	 Broken Metatarsal 	17th Sep 07
D Duff 	         Ankle Surgery 		Nov 07

By this time next week Luque and Babayaro should also have returned to training – so things are looking up on the injury front – touch wood. We also hope we can bring in an extra 3 players before 31st August with Faye being the first from Bolton.  That one seems to be taking some time although we’ve been told it will happen – not sure what’s going on but we’ll see.

Comments very welcome.

8 comments so far

  • gordon

    Aug 18, 2007 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Hey who told you the faye transfer will happen.

  • Sean

    Aug 18, 2007 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Why on earth is Big Sam scared of being sacked? We would never sack him, he has brought in 7 quality players with more still to come, he has also made us a lot stronger and are playing better as a team

  • Bob

    Aug 18, 2007 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #3

    We probably would sack him to be honest, if things started going downhill.

    I have faith in the man, though. Big Sam will bring success to Newcastle United. He has the drive, experience and knowledge to do so.

  • george t

    Aug 18, 2007 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Every manager fears the sack wether they say it or not but big sam is willing to face the possibility head on. Every player has a PRICE and every club has a different level to what they call success so each manager is different. For the top managers that must be at least top 6 along with trophies and for others survival is the name of the game. In todays football you must have a desire,determination,and will to succed which i am glad to say BSA has in abundance. As for A.V. tonight 2.0. to the TOON

  • Hadji

    Aug 18, 2007 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Sam wont be sacked,there’s no reason for that.The first who will be sacked would be Martin Jol.I give him 2 more months

  • Graeme

    Aug 18, 2007 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Sam is the best thing to happen to this club since Keegan walked. He has the ability, the knowledge and the skills to become a legend at Newcastle.

    He also has the ridiculous notion, often bandied about, that Shearer is going to come in and take over. Shearer is a legend, has the qualifications, but has absolutely ZERO management experience. If Shearer is to become manager of the Toon, he will/should, get his backside into Div 3 and learn how its done out of the classroom. Until Shearer does that, I cant see how he can manage NUFC.

    SAM is the MAN, and should be so for a very long time. We need him, the club needs the continuity, together everything is possible. I hope he is still our manager in 15 years time and builds an empire to rival Alex Fergusson at Manure.

  • Big Sam Fan

    Aug 18, 2007 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Greame, i hate to say this but look what Roy Keanes done at Sunderland!!! I hate them as much as any Magpie but he has done a very good job with a very poor team. Shearer has all the qualities to be a great manager and who better to teach him the Big Sam. I do think that Big Sam will win something and will be here for 10 years but will hand what will be then Prem champions down to an more experienced Shearer to take over.
    i have also been thinking about Shay, he is in his prime at the moment and it does seem to me that after west ham last season he is getting a huge amount of injuries. dont get me wrong here i love (if thats not too strong) shay and he is in my opinion the best Goal keeper in the prem but im very concerned about his condition and is he ghetting these injuries cos he is not follwing through with stuff cos of the fear factor that anyman would get afdter that horrific injury last season?????????

  • Graeme

    Aug 18, 2007 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #8

    Big Sam Fan, I hear you, but what exactly has RK done? Got them promoted, through sheer force of character, which isnt the first time its been done by a newcomer, a bit of direction and some balls was about all it needed. He is having problems attracting the players he needs now, because he has no track record. Sam has none of those problems, he has proved it for years. Players wont go there, yet they will come to us, 12 miles further north!!!

    Lets see what he manages next season and the one ofter that. I think he will keep them up this seaon, but it will be a very close thing. If he can survive the following 2 seasons, he will then have a fighting chance of doing something as the Irish Mafia will back him regardless until then. After that, who knows!!!


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