Any reports about Sam Allardyce leaving Newcastle because Mike Ashley is unhappy with the club’s form, are nothing short of pure fantasy. Yet they appeared in the Sunday gossip press yesterday.
Sam has lost two games in a row and we suppose these days, that signals reports of being sacked in the gossip papers, which is nonsense.
Allardyce has been in the Newcastle job since May and Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp is convinced Sam will have the club prospering, but he insisted Sam has to be given time by the club’s supporters, chairman and owner.
Sam Allardyce – must be given time at Newcastle
Harry Redknapp came to the defense of his management buddy Sam Allardyce this morning:
“It definitely takes time to build but in my mind there’s no doubt about it that Sam will eventually have a good team here,” “We all have off-days in this job and this was just a great day for us.â€
“But we beat Blackburn away and they came and knocked us out of the League Cup in midweek, so you can’t get too carried away because that is how it goes in football.â€
“It does take time to turn things around. I’ve got a team that can challenge anyone. Just 18 months ago we didn’t have a team who could challenge anyone.â€
â€œ We’ve built a good team in a very short space of time. I can look at my team and know that when they go out on to the pitch it won’t be an easy game for anyone.”
Sam Allardyce summation of the game was simple and to the point, and very truthful:
“Portsmouth’s win was down to Newcastle United gifting them the game and not down to their ability to win the game apart from a stunning goal.”
Weâ€™ll just have to hope that Saturdayâ€™s performance was just one of those days, and that the players learn from it big time. Certainly, we believe Claudio Cacapa can still make it in the Premier League but he will never forget this game. You cannot defend at 80% of your capability in the Premier League and expect to be successful. We think the players Sam brought in from Europe are still adjusting to the huge demands of the Premier League – which is easily the best league in the world.
Cacapa knows now whatâ€™s required, and we expect the Brazilian to show the character he is renowned for, and force his way back into the team at some point in the future. It will also act as a lesson that anybody can be hauled off the field when they are not performing up to scratch – even Sam’s favorite players. It’s fairly obvious, from Sam’s previous comments, that he thinks Cacapa is pure class. Sam, more than anybody else, must have been shocked at what happened in the first 11 minutes on Saturday. Who would want to be a a manager in the Premier League these days?
But the disaster on Saturday has happened and Big Sam, the Newcastle coaching staff and the supporters have to handle it. A win at Sunderland on Saturday can right the Newcastle ship very quickly, and no doubt that is what Sam will be ramming into his players all week. He will also be working again with the defense on the training field – maybe this week he will have some success with them.
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