League Managers’ Association chief executive John Barnwell has come to the rescue of embattled Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce.
John says that suggestions that Sam is already under pressure are insane since Big Sam has been in charge at Newcastle for just 12 league games and Newcastle have 18 points. Thatâ€™s not a great total but not bad either.
Sam Allardyce – already under pressure on Tyneside
Itâ€™s really just the last 3 games where Newcastle have greatly underachieved taking just one point from the away trips to Reading and Sunderland and the home game against Portsmouth.
John Barnwell said today:
“To talk about Sam Allardyce being under pressure is ludicrous,”
“We live in a world of immediacy. Things have to be instant. Everybody wants things immediately in football. They want results yesterday.”
Barnwell of course is a local Newcastle boy who played for Bishop Auckland, before moving to Arsenal, then Nottingham Forest in his playing days.Â He attended the now defunct Middle Street School. Even before the derby game on Saturday Chris Mort was forced to deny outright that Newcastle were interested in bringing in Mark Hughes from Blackburn. Wonder who made that one up?
As weâ€™ve already said on this site, Big Sam needs time and he will get it with the current chairman and owner. Barnwell also insists Allardyce has to be given time to lay the foundations for lasting success at the Tyneside club as he continued:
“Every manager is under pressure to win games but being under pressure to win games is different from being under pressure to keep your job“
“I just find anything even remotely suggesting Sam Allardyce could lose his job bordering on the insane, absolutely insane.”
“His chairman should not have to come out and back him.”
What John says is true but it’s not going to change. With so much money being poured into the game from TV rights and the like, the pressure on managers will only increase, not decrease. The managers are now also getting huge wages, with Sam reportedly on around Â£3M per year, so it’s not too surprising that big things are expected. When you get big wages for a big job, you have to produce big results. While that’s unfortunate for football, it’s a fact of life these days. Whether that’s good for the game overall, is another matter.
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