Allardyce – Pressure on Managers Enormous

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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“That’s really the key to making sure you do not come under the sort of pressure those lads are coming under now.”

Let’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 he’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 it’s also a tremendous opportunity for Big Sam and since he’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 he’ll start taking Newcastle higher up that league and hopefully get us back into Europe next year.  We have great confidence in Sam, the manager and the man.

Comments Welcome.

9 comments so far

  • briss

    Oct 20, 2007 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Sam is a great manager and as long as we get onto the top 8 it will be a successful start for him at the club.

  • Callum

    Oct 20, 2007 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Any place higher then last season is a successful start to the club imo BUT I know Newcastle fans will want europe :p

  • leo

    Oct 20, 2007 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #3

    i agree callum anything better than last season if a bonus, he has build such a strong squad, he has much outweighed my expectations, and i had high expectations

    he has brought in the right sort of players and has started organising a team for the future.

    i so hope this continues. cant wait for monday, i for one will be singing berba is a geordie berba is a geordie la laaa la la, la laaa la la la

  • Hadrian

    Oct 20, 2007 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #4

    its unfortunate for sam , but newcastle have had several manager’s in recent years that have just needed to walk in and tweak the team, instead they asked for years to sort it out (which we moaned about but let them get on with it ) and turned the whole club inside out .
    if big sam hadnt came in on the tail end of all this he would see geordie patience isnt that bad , as it stands now he needs top 8 at least and really should be pushing for europe .
    if he gets neither of these its gonna be hard for him to survive , unless the team is looking good out on the pitch .
    maybe the england job may come calling ? he’d get my vote as and english manager (want jose!! ) ,

  • Hammy

    Oct 20, 2007 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #5

    Bill F………Jim my Spirit guide reckons this is going to be 2-0…….he was spot on with the England 1-1 as there was no way that was a pen…………
    He also predicts Martin Jaw Jol will be down behind Sammy Lee at the Job centre come Bonfire night………..if Jimbo is wrong I’ll be after a new spirit guide……

    Bill…….I’ve been to Chillingham and Castle keep…….you got an e-mail address?

  • gordon

    Oct 21, 2007 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Nobody seems to realise the state the club was in when big sam came injuries,no team spirit,poor facilities,poor academy high wages,nearly relegated last season.big sam has come in and tackled the causes of injuries,revamped the training and academy and facilities,far better team morale ,a much stronger squad what nobody seems to mention he has done it all on 9M.Great Stuff aqnd some people were calling for his head after 5 games embaressing.

  • Brisbane Mag

    Oct 21, 2007 at 1:58 AM

    Comment #7

    BSA has rebuilt the squad for a measily £9M and the side looking decent. He still needs to clear out a few more players; Babayaro, Carr, etc and bring in players who’ll not spend 8 months each year on the sick…..

    Concerned that England come knocking on our door for BSA if England fail to qualify for Euro 2008. Let’s hope McLaren and the England players can pull us through!

  • Robulon

    Oct 21, 2007 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #8

    Here’s a thought…

    After this huge club v country row over Owen, wouldn’t it be interesting if it were his goals that kept McClaren in a job, and England away from Big Sam?

    Come on Owen and England!

  • Bill f

    Oct 21, 2007 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #9


    Hadrian I have had 50 years of patience, I would like to see something in the Trophy cupboard before I pass into the great stadium in the sky although I think I am good for a few years yet.


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