Manager Sam Allardyce has been talking about the England manager job and also the Newcastle manager job to the Journal this morning.
Sam says the Newcastle job makes him tingle sometimes about what he might be able to achieve at the Tyneside club.
Let’s take a look at what Big Sam has been saying.
Sam Allardyce – sticking by his friend Steve McClaren – good for him
Sam told the Journal today:
â€œThe England jobâ€™s not really on my long term radar, but you donâ€™t know what is going to happen in the futureâ€ â€œThe most important thing for me is to be successful here and hope we win something while Iâ€™m here.â€
â€œIâ€™m not saying Iâ€™m not interested in the England job in the future, but there is a man in the job whoâ€™s a close friend of mine and I will not speculate about whether I would or wouldnâ€™t do the job.â€
â€œHeâ€™s there to do the job and he should be left to do that until the very end. And then, if there is anything to be talked about, it should be talked about then.â€
Itâ€™s clear Sam feels some sympathy for Steve McClaren and itâ€™s still possible for England to qualify for Europe, but it now relies on Russia slipping up. Sam has backed Steve in the England job and itâ€™s obvious they were in close contact over the Michael Owen situation last week.
Allardyce twice rejected the opportunity to manage Newcastle while he was at Bolton Wanderers, but it appears he thinks he has one of the best jobs in English football right now, as he continued:
â€œIâ€™m glad Iâ€™m here at Newcastle United because I think this was the biggest club, as an English manager, that I could get. The only job that might have been bigger than this was the England national coach.â€
â€œIâ€™ve got one of the best jobs I could get in the Premiership. As of in terms of getting the England job, I wanted it, I put myself forward for it, but my life has moved on.”
“This job has come along and makes me tingle about what I might be able to achieve here.â€
England will have to beat Croatia in their final group game and Russia will need to drop points against either Israel or Andorra, for England to have any chance of avoiding becoming the first England manager since Graham Taylor in 1994 to fail to qualify for a major tournament.
Sam thinks Steve is under the pressure every manager these days feels when they donâ€™t get the results â€“ and it can happen to anybody. Sam went on:
â€œI canâ€™t really answer why we wonâ€™t qualify. Weâ€™re in a difficult position where we need to rely on other teams, but we might still do it and then it wonâ€™t matter how we got there.â€
â€œI think itâ€™s unhelpful for Steve that names are already being talked about as his successor, but it goes with the job. It disappoints me when a fellow manager is having to read that sort of thing, but thatâ€™s the industry weâ€™re in.
â€œI think weâ€™ve already dismissed 13 managers, in one way or the other, this season and we lost 48 in total last year. That shows the volatile nature of the industry weâ€™re in and how expectations are often far higher than the reality of the situation.â€
Weâ€™re impressed with the way Big Sam has supported Steve McClaren- and itâ€™s good to see. Whatâ€™s that saying â€“ a friend in need is a friend indeed â€“ and Sam is sticking by his pal. McClaren is a good man but we just donâ€™t think he should ever have been appointed England manager in the first place. But weâ€™ll still be backing England to make the finals next year â€“ itâ€™s just going to be very difficult, and weâ€™ll have to rely on Russia slipping up – which they could well do.