We saw both sides of the management merry go round last night, when watching the Newcastle Tottenham game.
On the one hand we had Newcastleâ€™s Sam Allardyce, having rebuilt the Magpies squad during the summer he had 7 of his 9 recruits playing some part in last nightâ€™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 Spursâ€™ first 10 league games and are placed 3rd bottom of the league after last nightâ€™s poor performance.
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 heâ€™d be Tottenham manager the next day. What did she expect Jol to say â€œNo I think I should be sacked immediately because Iâ€™m just useless?â€ 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 weâ€™re not sure just how true the incident was. But certainly Berbatov didnâ€™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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