Sam Allardyce gave an interview today on his position at the club, and says at least for the moment he believes his job is safe. With 8 games to come in the next 33 days starting on Saturday at Blackburn, there will be lots of games through the end of the year.
We hope Sam and his players can turn the tide and if we can be in a reasonable position in the league by new year, we can push on from there, and in that case we think Sam will be given ample funds to bring in new players.
Sam Allardyce – getting on with the job at hand
This is what Sam said today about his situation at the Newcastle club:
“I believe there will be no knee jerk reaction from my bosses,” “They are very stable and very supportive and I hope that remains the case.”
“My position is safe if I get results; my position is not safe if I lose football matches.” “It’s the same anywhere. But when you take over a club it’s generally not in good condition – that’s why you got the job.”
All managers of course are in the results business, and once you get one or two defeats in a row fans, and the media will inevitably talk about the manager being close to the sack. Thatâ€™s part of the job, but it cannot be easy for Sam this week, given some of the abuse he was clearly seen to get from the fans in the dugout on Saturday. Sam went on:
“You get less and less time to do that job now and it puts huge and extra pressure on all of us,” “There is an impatience and a desire for success around the place,” he agreed. “That impatience was shown against Liverpool but I’m not surprised and we deserved it.â€
â€œAt the end of the day it (the crowd abuse) won’t help but we’ve just got to take it on the chin. This is Newcastle and I knew what would be coming if I did not get results and performances right.”
Sam switched to talk about transfer funds in January and said he hasnâ€™t even had a conversation yet with Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort about the subject. However Sam knows they will need to sit down and talk soon, to plan what needs to be accomplished during the January window.
“I don’t have to persuade him (to release funds) because we haven’t had that conversation yet,” “We need to decide in the near future what we’re going to do in January and make decisions. We need to talk it through when we get an opportunity.”
“For a manager like me there is never enough strength in depth, you will never be satisfied with it at a club this size and we will have players away at the African Nations in January.”
Then when asked if he has talked to the Newcastle Chairman or Owner on whether his job is safe Sam had a quick and strong reaction:
“Why should I do that?” “Just because someone writes it (he is in danger of the sack) in the papers I should not be chasing the chairman or the owner to seek assurances over my position.”
It’s far too early to talk about sacking Sam Allardyce. All we need in the next few games are a couple of good results and things will look immediately brighter. 18 points from our first 13 games isn’t great, but it’s hardly worth sacking the manager over. Especially when he has just brought in lots of new players and staff. We should see how things go, at least until the end of the year, and let Sam get on with the job. That seems to be what Sam’s doing, in any case.
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