Sam Allardcye has given a long interview today to the the Newcastle Journal and admits up front that the criticism he has received by some Newcastle fans has surprised him.
But Sam is also an experienced manager and knows that on the field results will what he will be measured by, in spite of all the great off the field stuff going on at the club, that we don’t hear enough about.
But it’s an interesting interview, if long, and we have to say we think Sam is more upset about the criticism than we would have thought.
Sam Allardyce – unhappy with all the criticism
But he’s just so determined to be a success at Newcastle, because he knows what’s on the other side of it, complete adoration from the fans and the community, if indeed he can build Newcastle up to a trophy winning team again.
Sam Allardyce talked today to Luke Edwards of the Newcastle Journal:
â€œIt is probably more volatile and more unacceptable than I expected,â€ â€œYou donâ€™t speculate about someone taking over someone elseâ€™s job when you lose two games on the trot.â€
â€œAm I angry about the speculation? I am hardly happy about it, am I, but it goes with the territory unfortunately. There is so much pressure in the Premier League. It is important I keep getting results and keep winning football matches.â€
â€œMy fears have already been realized this season. Four managers have gone, four sacked. There is massive pressure with the extra money. There is very little reality going around at the minute.â€
Newcastleâ€™s chairman Chris Mort has already dismissed speculation about the managerâ€™s position by saying that Sam is part of Newcastleâ€™s long term plans, and even though they didnâ€™t appoint Sam, Mort is keen to add that Sam would have been high on their own list of managers for the job.
Allardyce, though, is a pragmatist if nothing else, and he knows full well that results are needed, and even now, at the beginning of his tenure on Tyneside, he knows he needs to constantly prove himself with good results on the field.
â€œMy long-term is only going to be long-term if I get results. I know, as good as Mike (Ashley) and Chris (Mort) the chairman are, if I donâ€™t get results there is going to be a huge pressure put on them, never mind me, so results are the name of the game for me.â€
â€œThe longevity of my period at this football club is to make sure I build, or help them build, something from the bottom to the top. I can only do that by making sure the top is right first, results wise, and then putting all the stuff that needs to be put into place to make this club fundamentally sound to sustain success.â€
â€œItâ€™s not as if Iâ€™m starting from a position where I am trying to get the club back to where it was because this club has achieved very little in the last three or four years. It is about progress. Whereby some fans want it to be instant, it cannot be. Instant is not sustainable. Instant goes to bankruptcy in business.â€
â€œI donâ€™t think there is greater pressure for me at Newcastle than there was when I was living at the bottom of the Premiership with Bolton, going 10 games without a win and planning to go away and keep the score down if you can.â€
â€œThe dark days then were much more pressured than the pressure at Newcastle United. There is a different pressure here by the expectation and the demand for quick success, but it isnâ€™t worse.â€
â€œWhat Sam Allardyce gives out is only what he wants to give out as a manager. I am my own man. I donâ€™t copy people or follow other managers. I do my job the way I think it should be done and, luckily enough for me, I must have some talent because you donâ€™t stay as long as I have in this volatile world without it.â€
â€œI havenâ€™t been sacked since 1995 at Blackpool and I donâ€™t want to be sacked again. Wherever I have been, a club has been more successful than when I took over and I hope thatâ€™s going to be the case here.â€
We hope Sam is never sacked at Newcastle, because that at least will mean he has been successful on the field, and we do think he’s an excellent manager both off and on the field.
We know Sam and his staff, and also chairman Chris Mort, are doing great things off the field and behind the scenes, and that will continue. We’ll probably not hear enough of those good things going on behind the scenes, but we’ll try to keep bringing them out on this site. Mort is currently engaged in lots of good local community activities.
But in football management it’s all about results, and we don’t care who the manager is in the league these days, if they are not getting results they will be taking some flak. Alex Ferguson did a few years back, Jose Mourinho did at Chelsea, and Wenger got loads of criticism last season at Arsenal. And these are some of the best managers in the world, with very successful teams, so as Big Sam says, it goes with the territory.
Nothing is different, in that respect, at Newcastle United. We think Sam will be a great manager at Newcastle, and nothing has changed in that respect because of two bad defeats. Let’s give the man a little time and support, especially when times are tough, because that’s when he really needs it, whether he says so or not.
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