Keane – Sam Earned Right to Manage Newcastle

Sunderland manager Roy Keane has given an honest and rather positive assessment of Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce.

This interview was conducted by the Daily Mail and in their report they say Keane’s view of the game could be seen as an inadvertent insult to his opposite number.

We publish the total interview and we must be missing something, because if anything Roy compliments Sam on his management abilities.


Roy Keane – talks well of Big Sam’s management record

Roy Keane talked to the Daily Mail about Big Sam:

“He plays percentage football, plays in your half and makes it hard for you. He had an element of success at Bolton playing that way. People should not be critical of Sam Allardyce, far from it, his career has been very good.”

‘I don’t expect them to play it around at the back. They will be looking to put us under constant pressure and, if we want to win, we will have to defend well.”

‘He has certainly earned the right to manage a big club. We are all different. There is a way I want our team to play, but certain days it is different horses for different courses.”

“The managers I played for have certain principles on the way the game should be played and that has rubbed off on me.”

Sam Allardyce was offered the Sunderland job by Chairman Niall Quinn before he pursued Roy Keane, who we think has shown himself to be a very good manager during the last year at Sunderland.

Newcastle, however, are unbeaten in the Premier League at the Stadium of Light, and Roy Keane has already dismissed the Portsmouth defeat as a one-off. We certainly hope (and pray) the Portsmouth was a one off , that we will never see again. We also hope we can keep that unbeaten Premier league record by 2:45pm tomorrow afternoon, and a win would be even sweeter.

But we still think this can be a dangerous game for Newcastle and you have to think that Sunderland will fancy their chances for two good reasons, 1) our terrible away form and 2) last Saturday’s horror show against Pompey.

So we’ll have to wait to see how we do, but the Newcastle fans would be over the moon with all 3 points, that’s for sure.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • Cyprus Mag

    Nov 10, 2007 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    If Sam had been appointed at Sunderland I wonder if he would have asked for 5 years to turn them round and win promotion?

  • Greg B

    Nov 10, 2007 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2

    And I wonder if he would have signed Michael Chopra!!!
    Seriously though, todays game is the biggest of the season so far – a must win game. A draw would be acceptable as long as we show commitment and desire.
    I think with the players at our disposal we should be hammering teams like S*nderland although Jones and Chopra could cause us some problems at the back. I think Enrique and Beye can snuff out their threat down the wings, when are we going to see ‘The Bull’ put someone into the stands with one of his ‘infamous’ tough tackles? Today would be a good time to see one of those! (as long as its a clean and fair challenge!! :))
    I think we outclass them all through the middle wether we play Butt, Emre, Geremi, Barton, Smith, Milner or N’Zogbia – I personally would go with N’Zogbia, Barton, Butt and Milner to start with.
    Up front, with Viduka expected to be back, I would go with Martins to start and bring Owen off the bench.

    My team for Today:
    Beye, Rozenhal, Faye, Enrique
    Milner, Butt, Barton, N’Zogbia
    Martins, Viduka
    Subs: Forster, Taylor, Emre, Smith, Owen

  • Cyprus Mag

    Nov 10, 2007 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #3

    Butt’s suspended

  • Leo

    Nov 10, 2007 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #4

    he may have earned the right to manage our team, but if he plays a defencive team all through the season i will want him out. i am in all support of sam putting his stamp on the team but if they are going to play boring football, i wont be pleased. i wouldnt mind ofcourse if we were winning


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