By all accounts, Sam Allardyce is having a rough time as Newcastle manager. Unreasonable expectations, injuries, the need to overhaul an ailing squad and players who are in a serious crisis of confidence. Add to that consecutive home defeats to Pompey and Liverpool (embarrassing defeats at that) and you’ve got fans calling for Sam’s head.
There are a few things we must be clear on: one, Sam Allardyce is a budget manager who over-achieved at Bolton by building a strong team over a few years. He will not turn Newcastle around overnight. Two, Sam Allardyce, like Martin Jol, is not good enough to take a club into the top four of the Premiership. To ask him to do that is unfair.
What Big Sam DOES bring to the table is stability and a chance at long-term squad building. He has the ability and the expertise to put together a strong squad for the future, and that’s exactly what Newcastle need.
In a perfect world, Newcastle could bring in the likes of Wenger and Mourinho and be winning the Premier League. The hard reality is that Newcastle are struggling and need consistent investment over a long period of time to even get into the Champions League. If you doubt that, see Tottenham’s case.
The club and the players are down – now is the time to close ranks and back your manager to the hilt – give him the confidence to go out and win games. The last thing Newcastle need is a team and manager who are so afraid to lose a game that they forget how to win it. It happened with England, and look where that got us.
What do you guys think? Can Allardyce turn things around given time and support?