Sam Allardyce is taking responsibility this morning for the Newcastle debacle against Portsmouth last Saturday, and certainly Big Sam seemed shocked by the terrible performance. Big Sam hopes it will never happen again at St. Jamesâ€™ Park.
Well, we agree with Sam on that one.
Sam Allardyce – takes responsibility, along with the players, for the horror show last Saturday
Sam Allardyce said to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œThe players have to accept responsibility, but I have to accept responsibility more than anyone else because Iâ€™m the manager. The buck stops with me.”
“I have to tell the players what they are doing right and what they are not doing right this week and make sure they are ready for Sunderland.â€
â€œI never expected to see what I saw against Portsmouth, that sort of thing should not happen against Newcastle at St Jamesâ€™s Park. I have to make sure the fans never see that sort of result and performance again.â€
What Sam has to be concerned about this Saturday is that thereâ€™s no backlash to that woeful display when lots of Newcastleâ€™s faithful support left the ground before the final whistle.
In the past thatâ€™s been a big red flag for the club, but it may well be that Claudio Cacapa was carrying some kind of hamstring injury and should never have started the game. While he was quickly withdrawn by Sam after just 18 minutes, the damage had already been done, and Newcastle were 3-1 down, and as it turned out â€“ the game was over.
No such stupid mistakes can be made against Sunderland, particularly early in the game. Newcastle will need to be strong at the back, something they haven’t managed for quite a few games now.