Sam Allardyce believes the job of a manager in the Football league these days is not only short but extremely stressful.
That’s so true especially in the Premier League because there is just so much money to be won by clubs and the pressure on the managers to get results is enormous. No more so than the club Big Sam currently manages – Newcastle United.
Let’s see what Sam has been saying.
Big Sam – pressure on managers is enormous because expectations are so unrealistic
Sam talked about management today:
I read an article in the paper which said the average life of a manager in this country now is two years based on how many people have lost their jobs – and I think 13 have already gone this year in all divisions.â€
“It is a much more volatile job now than ever before because the expectation outweighs the reality in nearly all divisions, and that brings more and more sackings every year now.â€
“I have been doing it for 15 years at various clubs continuously and I have gathered a huge amount of experience to go and take whatever club I have got forward, by using my management techniques and style to make that football club, whatever its resources are, maximize them.â€
“That’s really the key to making sure you do not come under the sort of pressure those lads are coming under now.”
Letâ€™s be clear now about the job Sam has at Newcastle where expectation is huge and does it outweigh reality? We think so. In the normal course of events heâ€™d get a bit of time to start to get results, but not at Newcastle, not after several managers of the recent past have taken the club backwards and not forward. Graeme Souness is a good example of that.
But of course itâ€™s also a tremendous opportunity for Big Sam and since heâ€™s been in the job since May you can already see some of the progress he has made in certain areas of the club.
The squad is so much stronger than last year and the defense even threatens to be strong after a few more games together. Another obvious quality we have is not on member of the team ever bows his head or gives up – whatever the circumstances. That is just great to see.
Allardyce took over at Newcastle in May and we agree his managerial experience will be enough to ensure a longer stay than his predecessor at Newcastle. We expect Sam to stay not just because of his experience but because heâ€™ll start taking Newcastle higher up that league and hopefully get us back into Europe next year.Â We have great confidence in Sam, the manager and the man.