Sam talked today about how unsafe it is being a Premiership manager.
He looks at the predicament of Billy Davies, the manager of newly promoted Derby County, who have got only a single point from their first 5 games and are stuck at the very bottom of the table.
Billy is coming under extreme pressure, even though he has just got his side promoted to the Premiership.
Sam Allardyce – rearranging the Newcastle chess board
Sam told the Journal this morning:
â€œIf you donâ€™t win any of your first five games at the start of the season youâ€™re going to be the first one sacked â€“ weâ€™ve already seen the massive pressure that has been heaped on managers this season â€“ look at Billy Davies and Martin Jol.”
“That sort of pressure becomes detrimental to your players.â€
Newcastle of course have made their best start in the last 10 seasons and will be looking to pick up another 3 points on Monday. Sam will probably struggle with who he will play against Derby, given all the competition for places in the Newcastle squad. Allardyce has acknowledged a number of times that Newcastle’s good start to the season has given him the time he needs to get the very best out of a squad that includes 9 new players, not counting any of the new staff he has also brought in.
â€œWe want to grow together and stay in the top half of the Premier League,â€
â€œThe most important thing is a good start to stop people putting pressure on you. Youâ€™ve got to stop people putting pressure on yourself and your players and the best way you can do that is with a good start.â€
Of course Sam points out that both players and the back-room staff are still getting to know each other and once this is accomplished, which of course takes time, Sam thinks the squad will start performing even better. Sam continued:
â€œWeâ€™re still getting to know each other â€“ the players and the back-room staff â€“ but weâ€™re undefeated and we want to stay undefeated after Derby,â€
â€œWeâ€™re still gelling, but if we keep improving we should win more games than we lose.â€ â€œIâ€™m confident we can grow in confidence and become better than we are. Iâ€™m never completely satisfied, but Iâ€™m very happy with this squad of players Iâ€™ve got. We can be better than what I achieved at Bolton.â€
Certainly all Newcastle fans seem right behind new manager Allardcye and impressive new Chairman Christopher Mort, and a win at Derby will only heighten the new excitement and expectation which is at Newcastle.