Sam Allardyce is delighted he took the gamble and joined Newcastle United as manager in the summer.
But he has confided that he could have stayed at Bolton Wanderers and have been extremely comfortable in the job.
Sometimes – he confides – he thinks he may have been mad to accept the position that is always a red hot seat – managing Newcastle United 😀
Lets’ see what Sam has to say about it – he so right!
Sam Allardyce – took one of the most difficult jobs in football
Sam said today:
“I had the safest job in football at Bolton, the safest manager’s job you could get.â€
“When I came to Newcastle it was the most insecure job in the Premier League, based on the number of managers they have sacked in a short period of time.â€
Well that certainly was true under former Chairman Freddy Shepherd, but that was because Freddy kept appointing dubious managers â€“ like Graeme Souness, who were mediocre at best, even though they worked their tails off to try to make Newcastle successful. We think (and hope) that will all change under new chairman Chris Mort and new owner Mike Ashley. Certainly, since they have joined the club, Chris Mort in particular has started to put Newcastle’s business in order and he presents a friendly and professional face to the media.
As everyone probably knows, who reads this web-site, we like Chris a lot and think he’s a bit of a business whiz kid for one so young. However, with his family still in North London, it’s not clear to us if he’s our long term chairman or will be in the job until he sorts things out and puts everything in reasonable order. We think not, until his family moves up to Newcastle, which is unlikely at this time.
â€œ I have come here to try and change that. But I feel like I am mad sometimes! I could have signed another big long contract but it was my time to challenge myself somewhere else.â€“I picked this place – and the size of it and the capabilities of it – and put myself on the line. I have always enjoyed the challenge of bigger places. “
“I have bigger players here than at Bolton and, hopefully, more to come to try and bring success with.â€
“At the end of the day I took this job to win something. It has been doom and gloom this week but everywhere is like that. At Bolton, 3,000 people stopped turning up when we lost a game.”
“You don’t get that here but they are all desperate for success. That is the challenge we have to meet, head-on.”
“I took this job to win something because far too many times in this game itâ€™s the downside you feel.”Â â€œYou want to get to the point where you have more good weekends than bad. To do that, you have to have the resources â€“ this place has the resources.â€
Really good words from Sam and he’s so right that he could have stayed at Bolton and been very safe in that job for years. But that’s not what life’s about. We think it’s about putting yourself on the line as you try to accomplish things â€“ and that’s exactly what Sam has done at Newcastle. He’s made a great start â€“ even with the terrible display on Monday night.
And we are very happy to have Big Sam at Newcastle â€“ especially at this time in the club’s history, when we have new owners, who by their own admission don’t know a lot about football management. But Sam does, and so far his relations with Chairman Chris Mort have been extremely smooth â€“ and dare we say it â€“ successful. Certainly the acquisitions in the summer were all first class.
We think we have the right management in place for a successful season – and then we can go on from there. Getting back into Europe is the first goal – and then after that who knows what we can accomplish – especially when Mike makes some of that money available to Big Sam 😀