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Sam Finally Gets Tough With His Players

10:05 am, Friday, November 30th, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

Tomorrow’s game against Blackburn is a critical game for manager Sam Allardyce and the players. But how many times have we been saying that this season?

But tomorrow’s game is really important for us all, because in the last four games we have only one point, from a rather lucky draw at Sunderland, and that’s just not good enough for this club.

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Sam Allardyce – we deserve the s***t that’s come our way

Sam talked to the Sun, and issued a battle cry to his players. Good for him, because when you go into battle you need to know who you can count on and who will wilt in the heat of battle. And we think Sam is alarmed at just how quickly he seems to have lost a large contingent of the fans at the club. When he came here in early summer, he said it was very important to keep a good relationship with the fans.

Let’s take a look at what Big Sam told the Sun:

“Every player has to decide whether he can handle it or not.” “If he can’t handle the heat, then get out of the kitchen because that is what will happen eventually.”

“You’ve got to accept it when you play here. It’s a special place when things are going well and a tough place when they are not.” “We’ll find out if we have the players who can cope.”

“S**t will happen at times and it’s come our way. You’ve got to accept it because it deserved to come our way.”

Great and truthful words from the big man, and we certainly hope the words don’t go unheeded by the players. We really want Taylor and Faye in the side. Faye was great in the first half at Sunderland and we can always rely on Steven to give his all for the club. And maybe Sam should play Alan Smith as defensive midfield, since he will provide the passion and fire we need to turn the club around. But these words from the manager are very encouraging, and if we can get some kind of result at Blackburn, that would be a good start in our recovery.

What do you think? Comments always welcome on this fans’ web site.



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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MattyDread // Nov 30, 2007 at 10:12 AM

    LOL Sam is the shit that’s come our way!

  • 2 stjames // Nov 30, 2007 at 10:41 AM

    Even if you don’t agree with everything Sam does, it doesn’t necessarily mean you want to get rid of him. Sam, Mike Ashley end Mort are doing a major job of club building at Newcastle. Attending games in a NU shirt, sitting with the fans and paying the drinks!!! They are also saying the right things and seem to have both enthusiasm and ability to turn around the short term politics of the Shepherd era. They are, in my opinion, really “talking the talks and moving the moves.”

    But I would certainly like to see some those positive signs on the pitch. In my book it means abandoning the more or less total 50/50 (75/25) long ball tactics.

  • 3 Jamie Carson // Nov 30, 2007 at 10:41 AM

    It’s got to be

    Given

    Beye – Taylor – Faye – Enrique

    Milner – Butt – Emre/Barton – N’Zogbia

    Viduka – Martins

    If Faye’s injured, then stick Rozenhal in.
    Not much else to say really, except decide between Emre and Barton for the more attacking midfield role.

  • 4 Jay // Nov 30, 2007 at 11:15 AM

    MattyDread……. you dont know what your talking about…………Rome was’nt built in a day……Give the guy a chance ay!!!

  • 5 Victor Meldru // Nov 30, 2007 at 12:04 PM

    Just a thought but instead of drinks, Ashley could pass round psychedelic drugs before a game then we would be so off our heads that anything would look good.

    Even better if we win.

  • 6 wsq // Nov 30, 2007 at 12:11 PM

    It’s a tough place to be when things are not going well because this shit football has been lingering for ages. Shit defence and now non existant attacking play. Ofcourse it’s going to be a tough, it’s not the supporters fault. What we are suppose to jump and down chant your names! The only reason liverpool fans are so great are due to their recent success. With underperforming oafs who collect their wages blindly that is what they deserve. YOU DON”T KNOW WHAT YOU”RE SAYING BS(BUL SHITE)

  • 7 Graham // Nov 30, 2007 at 12:36 PM

    Another day, another interview. Nothing new in this latest one that we didn’t know already – give it a rest sam, and concentrate on your job!

  • 8 thesilverbck // Nov 30, 2007 at 12:45 PM

    to hell with wot other newcastle fans think sams the man n will get it right over a period of time he’s only been here 5 months n already some newcastle fans want im out absoutly ludacris who needs supporters like that

  • 9 MattyDread // Nov 30, 2007 at 1:06 PM

    Jay – I’m all for giving the man time – that however does not detract from the fact that his performance has been pants; and please understand that I am talking about his performance and not the performance of the team, which has also been pants.

    I understand that it was always likely that we would come across poor performances while he finds out about his players; where they can play and what systems he can use, but he contradicts his tactics and team selection and he doesn’t learn from his mistakes. So yes, actually, he has been shit.

  • 10 Obafan // Nov 30, 2007 at 4:48 PM

    Graham – I totally agree. He is more focussed on giving interviews about what is going on in the club, but instead he should be focussed on creating a play style (and no not the long ball) which is the best for our team and IMO that is via the wings. I’m curious if we will see anything that looks like passing the ball around tomorrow.

    Oh yeah, and I hope Enrique will not be in the squd, because he doesn’t know what a short pass is, he only knows the long kick upfront which is useless most of the time.

  • 11 Leo // Nov 30, 2007 at 5:39 PM

    get tough with them by all means, but do not burry them into the ground.




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