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Sam Thanks The Amazing Newcastle Fans

4:48 am, Thursday, November 29th, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 32 Comments

Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce is desperate to get Newcastle United back to winning ways when they visit Ewood Park on Saturday to play 9th placed Blackburn Rovers on Saturday. Blackburn are just 2 places above Newcastle in the table but a full 5 points clear of the Geordies.

Blackburn also have a league game against Aston Villa at Ewood park this evening. That may turn out be an advantage to Newcastle – we hope so, as we’ll take any advantage we can get for Saturday’s game.

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Sam Allardyce -talks about Newcastle’s amazing fans

Up to 6,000 Geordies are expected to make the trip to Ewood Park, and following on from the disappointment of recent defeats, Big Sam says they deserve something to cheer. Sam told the Evening Chronicle Tuesday:

“We’ll have somewhere between 5-6,000 fans at Blackburn and to have that number is fantastic.” “It is just further evidence of the passion our supporters have for their club. It’s amazing.”

“How many clubs would love to enjoy the kind of backing away from home that Newcastle United gets?”

“When you find out how many will be travelling across to Blackburn it just makes you more determined to do well for them and that’s something I’ll be reminding everyone of this week in the build up to the game.”

“After starting the season with a win at Bolton we need to start picking up points again regularly on our travels and that will be the aim on Saturday against a strong Blackburn side.”

Sam and his side can do a lot to put things right at Newcastle with a win against Blackburn and that may not be as out of the question as it first appears.

Big Sam and the players are working hard during the week to see if they can return to their winning ways. But Big Sam will wait a little to see how Abdoulaye Faye (hamstring) and Steven Taylor (back), are recovering from recent injuries before finalizing his squad for the trip to Lancashire. We think a back four of Taylor, Beye, Faye and Enrique would be a strong one and Sam could even switch Taylor with Beye in that back four.

We’re sure Sam will be working his socks off this week to get some result at Blackburn to start the team moving back up the table and out of the doldrums. He will not be given too much time to start turning the team around. Since this is his dream job, we’re sure he wants to keep it and still come out successful. So do we.

The traveling Newcastle supporters will be cheering on the team on Saturday, we’re sure they’ll do that – they always do. We’ve known for decades they are the best fans around – there’s just no doubt about that whatsoever. We hope they’ll be rewarded on Saturday with a win – they certainly deserve it.

Comments are very welcome.



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32 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Callum // Nov 29, 2007 at 5:17 AM

    Revert back to 4-3-3, it may not be pretty but when we were playing it at the beginning we’d played 4, won 2, drew 2 :)

  • 2 paul the pom // Nov 29, 2007 at 7:07 AM

    sam needs to get a general opinion from his best players on how tthey want to play and what system they are going to have more confidence as a team in playing for the short term.a bit like bobby did after ruud.he had one on one talks with key players ironed out a few problems and went from a winless first 7 games to an unlucky away draw with chelsea and 8-0 against sheff wed.its not all about science.these players need to start enjoying themselves on the park and confidence and results will come.we have great players and great fans who deserve more.

  • 3 Jeff From Malaysia // Nov 29, 2007 at 8:30 AM

    OK, lets do your things, Sam…

  • 4 geordie_jordan // Nov 29, 2007 at 8:46 AM

    i hope sam plays beye at RB. why did we buy him if he’s not going to play there?? we have plently of CBs, when they’re not knackered that is. i HOPE and PRAY sam lines up like this, a nice, simple 4-4-2
    given
    beye faye taylor enrique
    milner butt (or smith not BOTH!!!) emre (or barton) zog
    martins viduka

  • 5 Callum // Nov 29, 2007 at 9:00 AM

    Geordie_jordan – Yes we do have plenty of CB’s but so far this season our best CB’s have been Faye and Beye who are both from Senegal so will have a good understanding if they play together in the centre i think, Rozenhal hasnt been that good although he started well but recently he has been poor, Taylor has been rubbish and Cacapa is injured.

  • 6 yemozone // Nov 29, 2007 at 10:10 AM

    DELIVER! SAM….DELIVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 7 steve // Nov 29, 2007 at 10:10 AM

    Well we better sort something out for Jan when both Beye and Faye are off to ANC!!

  • 8 nightfall // Nov 29, 2007 at 10:17 AM

    steve – january doesn’t matter…yet… first sam must prove his worth (if he’ll even be around untill januray)… ashley won’t give him funds before that…’cos if sam gets sacked the new manager will want his own players…

  • 9 Bryan // Nov 29, 2007 at 10:21 AM

    I have known from the way the team played earlier in the season when they were winning games that SA is just not right for our club. He keeps saying that the players are new to the club and it will take time for them to jell. Lets look at that point. Football is a simple game and if highly paid pros can not jell and put more than 2 passes together after a couple weeks together, then there is something sadly wrong. Man City, Portsmouth, Aston Villa have all added as many new players as NUFC this season and look not only where they are in the league, but how well they play the game. That is down to their coaches and how they want their players to play the game. Sven at Man City is a great example. How many people mocked the idea of Sven being linked to NUFC during the summer. How many of you wish he was here now. I for one certainly do. They are playing great football and are rightly in the mix at the top. Has there ever been an interveiw by SA since joining us where he has not mentioned BOLTON in it. That is the problem. He still thinks he is manageing a little club like Bolton and his mind set is programmed to think that what he did at Bolton will work at NUFC. WRONG. This is NEWCASTLE UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB one of the top clubs in Europe not just England. Win one lose one, win 2 lose 2 etc might have been ok at Bolton but not here. Its not the players that need a kick up the backside its you Sam. He cant even pick players to play in their right positions week in week out. How do you expect them to play well when they are playing out of position. His subs on Sat were just a joke and there was a great close up shot of SA with 2 fans in the background singing ” You dont know what your doing”. I never thought I would ever here than sang to a NUFC manager at St James Park. But how right they were.
    The club should break the bank to get Jose Morineo(sorry about the spelling). If Mike Ashley is serious about making this club one of the best then act now before its to late. Get Jose in give him the funds he needs and then see where we are. A bet we would be in a lot better situation then we are now.

  • 10 nightfall // Nov 29, 2007 at 10:42 AM

    Bryan – i totally agree

  • 11 Jerry // Nov 29, 2007 at 10:45 AM

    Bryan

    Excellent and most precise views! If only all NUFC fans thought like you!!!

  • 12 Savic Vladimir // Nov 29, 2007 at 11:43 AM

    Well done Bryan.

    Agreed 100&

  • 13 Bill f // Nov 29, 2007 at 11:53 AM

    It’s a pity you can’t bottle the fans passion and give it to the players before they went onto the pitch. Be worth an extra player.

  • 14 yemozone // Nov 29, 2007 at 12:44 PM

    Bryan – I hope ashey and mort are reading

  • 15 Paul // Nov 29, 2007 at 12:48 PM

    Bryan…

    1. Jose cant manage a Premier League club this season.

    2. Why on earth, would he come here? He can have any job in the world next season.

    3. Allardyce WILL NOT be sacked.

    4. Sven – I wish we had got him. Elano at the toon.

  • 16 ToonKing // Nov 29, 2007 at 12:54 PM

    Bryan – i never before read a post this long and this full of rubbish.

    thanx for the experience.

  • 17 Paul // Nov 29, 2007 at 1:07 PM

    Get in toon king.

  • 18 God // Nov 29, 2007 at 2:10 PM

    I wish you wouldn’t keep sitting on the fence ToonKing, just say what you think. ;)

  • 19 Stamford Toon // Nov 29, 2007 at 2:16 PM

    Bryan you forgot to mention some other big spenders in the close season…..West Ham and Spurs for example, and where are they in the league. Why not forget the rubbish you are talking and get behind the team and BS and give them a chance. Sounds like you are one of the boo boys, god help us!!! Oh for some real supporters.

  • 20 nightfall // Nov 29, 2007 at 2:29 PM

    stamford boy…who wants to support mistakes that manager of your club made? it’s not about talking trash about the club… we’re just talking what can be done to make things better…

  • 21 ToonKing // Nov 29, 2007 at 2:59 PM

    nightfall…..like what ??? sacking Sam and talking sci-fi bollx like getting Bebatov and Mourinho??

    that surely must make things better….

  • 22 Jerry // Nov 29, 2007 at 3:03 PM

    You can always count on ToonKing or whatever he calls himself to speak up for mediocrity!!!

    You just wonder if such fans want NUFC to progress at all. Perhaps such fans cant help it. they are mired in such low self esteem they will condone even the worst case scenarios for NUFC!!!

    IDIOT!!!

  • 23 ToonUSA // Nov 29, 2007 at 3:12 PM

    I think what Stamford is trying to say is, having chants like the “manager does not know what he is doing” is harmfool to the team. It undermines his position with the team and if he was to listen to the fans then he would lose the respect of the players. Its fine to critisize the team and manager in forums like this but when they are strugling on the field why knock their ego’s even furthur. It does not help the team on the field when they are treated like mercineries where most take the attitude of you lot make a lot of money so dance. Life unfortunatly does not work that way. Honestly when you BOO the team when they are 2 goals down do you really think they are going to play HARDER????? Think about it.

  • 24 ToonUSA // Nov 29, 2007 at 3:14 PM

    If I was a manager of a visiting team I would simply tell my team Score one goal and it would be like playing a home game since the fans turn on their OWN team.

  • 25 nightfall // Nov 29, 2007 at 3:15 PM

    what’s sci?? we’re the perfect club for every manager… the club is rich, has big fanbase…and it would be success if we finish among top8..so the presure is not as big as at some other clubs… perfect for every manager and player….adn berbatov is a NUFC fan so…wtf are you talking about… oh and 1 more thing…we have a squad as good as chelsea had before appointing mourinho as manager..if not better…

  • 26 Bill f // Nov 29, 2007 at 4:31 PM

    So if God is a Toon supporter who does the other guy support.

  • 27 nightfall // Nov 29, 2007 at 5:12 PM

    well the fact is it’s hard even for players to thrust a manager who is putting them into wrong positions, picks his favourite and say stupid things such as saying that players who brought in were not his first choice…like he doesn’t thrust them and to say this when the team sucks on the picth..in such critical times…well that’s just f*&*(ked up… if the teams wants to work everyone has to adapt…everyone!

  • 28 Ryan // Nov 29, 2007 at 5:21 PM

    Hmm, it seems that our supporter is kinda wish for winning in Primiership. But, do remember that ” we maybe rich”
    If we compare the players between others like liverpool, Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea. We can’t really compare our player with theirs.
    Why keep on demanding for new management? True, Big Sam does lots of mistakes. We as fans should support our football team no matter what. So, please stop booing our players. It decrease their mentality in playing.

  • 29 ToonKing // Nov 29, 2007 at 6:31 PM

    Jerry: it is you who are an idiot mate.

    I would love nothing more than to win the premiership etc. but is your kind that should get he’s head out of the clouds. Were not a big as a club anymore than we were under keegan. Were a solid mid-table club now and you can’t expect us to reach ’96 height’s again in 4 months time.

    Nightfall: Were the perfect club for any manager ???? yeah right, after sacking 9 managers in 10 years and fans calling for managers head’s after 12 games…..we must be irresistible.

    Club is rich ………well it may be rich, but not a lot richer then others and were not the financial force we were 15-10 years ago when we could outspend virtually any club.

    Berbatov may ne a fan but he won’t be leaving Sperms now…and even if he did the likes of Manure are after him.

    and Chelsea before Mourinho had: Gallas, Bridge, John Terry, Glen Johnson, Marcel Desailly, Joe Cole, Makelele, Veron, Lampard, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Adrian Mutu, , Hernan Crespo and also an in-form Geremi and Duff.
    Tell me how our current squad compares to that ???

    Don’t get me wrong i’m not slagging the club but we have to be realistic and face the facts, forget about the past and look forward to the future. We need continuity and lots of patience, Sam, Mort and Ashley will get us where we want to be but we have to give them time.

  • 30 Leo // Nov 29, 2007 at 6:56 PM

    come on Sam good luck for blackburn

  • 31 Bryan // Nov 29, 2007 at 7:38 PM

    ToonKing- Every fan has an opinion, we are no different. I resent the fact you call my veiws rubbish when you also have strong veiws about our club. Are we both so wrong? I dont think so. I disagree with your points towards Jerry. I certainly dont think we are an average club like you say, an average team yes, there is a difference. Please dont get me wrong, I am a great NUFC fan like everyone else and I agree with you about sacking 9 managers in 10 years. This is not good, but it has been nessessary. Dalgleish, Guilet, Souness and Reoder can you hounestly say that you disagreed with these sackings? and if the club had not acted as they did where would we be now? Leeds Utd spring to mind.
    Finally, we are not so different we both want whats best for OUR club but put it across slightly differently.
    I love reading your veiws, its what makes this site so good. PASSION.

  • 32 Paul // Nov 30, 2007 at 10:53 AM

    We will finish 8th or 9th this season. We arent a big team, we cant attract the players, we do have a big stadium and fan base and money, but that doesnt make a big club, winning matches and being at the top does. “Big 4″




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