A Tale of Two Managers


We saw both sides of the management merry go round last night, when watching the Newcastle Tottenham game.

On the one hand we had Newcastle’s Sam Allardyce, having rebuilt the Magpies squad during the summer he had 7 of his 9 recruits playing some part in last night’s convincing win over a sad looking Tottenham side. The other two were unavailable with Alan Smith out through suspension and Mark Viduka injured. Who said his signings weren’t good ones?

On the other hand we had Dutchman Martin Jol, who has now disastrously lost 5 of Spurs’ first 10 league games and are placed 3rd bottom of the league after last night’s poor performance.

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Sam Allardyce – all of his 9 recruits are playing a part in Newcastle’s resurgence

The commentary on TV throughout the game was strange and biased towards what Tottenham had to do to win the game. It was like listening to a local commentary from two Spurs supporters. It was almost a side event that another team, Newcastle were in fact the better side and fully deserved their victory. A very strange commentary effort indeed.

There was also the inevitable talk of Martin Jol being sacked if Tottenham lost the game. You have to reach out to the guy when a commentator asked after the game if he thought he’d be Tottenham manager the next day. What did she expect Jol to say “No I think I should be sacked immediately because I’m just useless?” Shades of Gordon Strachan.

After the game Sam Allardyce was obviously pleased with both the result and the solid performance from his side:

“With us all just coming together in July this is terrific.”

“Tottenham are a big side who have spent big money and we’ve beaten them convincingly.”

Spurs boss Jol, who is now apparently 5-4 favorite to be the next Premier League boss to be sacked, seemed to have some dissent in the second half from star Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov. Berbatov seemed to take a very long time to warm up, having presumably been asked 3 times by Jol to warm up. But this is coming from the commentary team so we’re not sure just how true the incident was. But certainly Berbatov didn’t look the image of an enthusiastic and willing participant on the sidelines – that’s for sure.

Martin Jol said after the game referring to the incident:

“I’ve heard about this and it’s rubbish – there was no problem,”

“Dimitar knows exactly what the schedule is for him and he is fine. I don’t know who this rubbish is coming from.”

So we saw a manager struggling to keep his job at a massive club, because of a string of poor results – and another who seems to be doing very nicely so far, thanks to a string of good results. A contrast indeed in the wafer thin divide between success and failure in the Premier League.

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15 comments so far

  • Chris

    Oct 23, 2007 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Was proper pleased to see barton get on the field too. We’re looking like a solid team at the moment! When Spurs came on to us and scored that goal, in the past we would have folded right there. Back 4 looking decent….. BSA good job!

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  • Jerry

    Oct 23, 2007 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #2

    We should beware of this talk about best start to the Premiership in 12 years blah blah blah. Why? Because we havent faced any team of note yet. I am sure we have had the best fixtures this season as compared to the previous 12 or so seasons.

    That is not however to say that we have not improved. We have improved vastly, especially in defense. But the attack and our wing play gives me some cause for concern. Is Milner ready to plya week in week for us? And what do we do about Geremi? Our defensive midfield play is also a slight concern, but as for creativity in midfield, we cant look any further than Emre.

    I told you guys he is EXCELLENT!

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  • doby the mag

    Oct 23, 2007 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Why does every1 on here keep spelling “defence” like Americans!!!!

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  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 23, 2007 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Jerry – you’re right – there are some great teams in the league and we have yet to face them. But it will be a help not playing them until Liverpool – our 13th league game because the new players have had time to gel – and I’m sure they will relish the opportunity to see how good they are against the top 4 sides.

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  • indian toon

    Oct 23, 2007 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    we played like sam’s bolton yesterday.. it doesnt matter as long as we get 3 points in the bag. but we look much better passing the ball.. and really looks like the spurs players dont want to play for martin jol anymore… pity though..

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  • Jerry

    Oct 23, 2007 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we could snare Berbatov to come and play for us? Even in his disinterested state yesterday, some his link up play etc was excellent.

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  • indian toon

    Oct 23, 2007 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #7

    who wants berbatov when we have martins.. ah the next newcastle legend..fantastic

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  • Alex

    Oct 23, 2007 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #8

    ok we still have to play the big4 but we already seem to be a beter side than the other teams that are hoping for european places next season.We have already beaten Spurs ,Everton and bolton and they were all in the uefa cup this season .That shows just how far Sam has already brought us and there is still more to come . After last night we truely have sent out a message to the rest. We are back in the fight for a top 6 finish.

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  • indian toon

    Oct 23, 2007 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #9

    always aim higher,

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  • Jerry

    Oct 23, 2007 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #10

    Berbatov to play with Martins.

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  • MattyDread

    Oct 23, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #11

    I seem to be reading quite a few match reports and post match reactions today which refer to Tottenham’s loss as being against ‘a poor Newcastle side’..

    Fair enough Tottenham were absolutely w@nk, but I saw some good football from the toon last night. It wasn’t a fantastic 90 minutes but we were far from being a poor side. On a plus note while there was some nice football being played we can look forward to the team improving further as the players get more used to playing together as the season goes on.

    Is anybody else sick of the national media (including match commentary teams) being distinctly anti Newcastle?

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  • indian toon

    Oct 23, 2007 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #12

    here in asia. steve mc mann in his match previews always puts down newcastle. always they underestimate newcastle united.. guess they re afraid coz newcastle are sleeping giants waiting to explode.

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  • leo

    Oct 23, 2007 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #13

    difference, sam showed them respect

    jol didnt

    sam outsmarted him totally

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  • yemozone

    Oct 23, 2007 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #14

    We don’t have to be afraid of these ‘so called big team’.After all are we not suppose to be a big team.

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  • Todd

    Oct 23, 2007 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Was nice to see Jol’s pre-game comments get thrown back in his face.

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