Sam – What’s It All About? – Newcastle Winning!

Sam has talked again to the media about the players at Newcastle, and the fact that all fans really want from their team is a win. He’s definitely right on that one.

Just imagine if we go to Ewood tomorrow and come away with, say a 2-0 win. That in itself would raise the spirits of Newcastle United fans around the world. But that’s what we need tomorrow – all 3 points – and Big Sam is well aware of that.


Sam and Chris – looks like the opposition just scored 😀

Sam talked to the Newcastle Journal today:

“No one likes to be shouted at, but it’s part of the job and you have to accept that,”

“Nobody wants to hear your own fans giving you abuse, telling you what you’re not doing and what they expect you to do, but you have to strive to make sure it (Liverpool) doesn’t happen again.”

“Winning football matches wins fans over, nothing else. It doesn’t matter what you might say. If we’re winning, they’re happy – if we’re losing, they’re not.”

Sam Allardyce believes that some of the players he brought to the club in the summer, may not have the mental strength necessary to perform at a big club like Newcastle United. The fans here demand 100% effort and good football, especially at St. James’ Park. Sam needs to find out who doesn’t have that strength quickly, because we cannot afford to drop too many more points if we are to do reasonably well in the league this season.

Sam added:

“I’m satisfied with the conversations we’ve had this week to try and resolve the problems, but the biggest way to resolve the problem is obviously to bounce back with a result.”

“I think a few players have come here before and not been able to perform because of the pressure of playing for a big club like this.”

“I don’t know at this moment in time whether our players are good enough or big enough to handle the pressure because they haven’t had that much of it.”

“We will find out. It (the abuse) will make me more resilient, more determined.”

Sam is well aware of the abuse that has been directed at him on Saturday during the game, which was shown around the world on TV. Also from both the media and fans since the Liverpool game. But we think Sam has a thick enough skin to get on with the job, well let’s say we certainly hope Sam has a thick enough skin to get on with the job! If the abuse can actually inspire the big man, and he can inspire the players for tomorrow’s game, that’s even better.

When asked about the abuse Sam continued:

“I’m aware of it, your mates keep you aware of it and I’m aware of everything I need to be aware of. This is a one-club city with massive support so the outside influences and pressures are bound to be far greater than at a club like Bolton, which was a small club in the north west with six or seven Premiership clubs around it.”

“But the principle is the same for me. You have to keep your feet firmly on the ground and move forward, keep striving for success in the best way you can. And, when you’re as experienced as me, you don’t let any distractions put you off doing what you know is right.”

“We’ve got what we’ve got, we’ve got to work through it together and stop conceding sloppy goals. We’ve got to get through this slightly difficult time we’ve had. At end of the day we’ve not had a win in four, it’s not, not had a win in ten.”

We really hope that the abuse has a very positive affect on both Sam and the players. Newcastle is probably the very best and the very worst place to be for a football manager in the Premiership. If you are successful you will get the accolades big time from Newcastle’s most passionate supporters. But on the other hand, if things do not go well, you will get their wrath. Just ask Graeme Souness about that one. And that wrath is huge right now, because we haven’t won anything in nearly 40 years, which is far too long a time, for a club as great as Newcastle United 😀

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Graham

    Nov 30, 2007 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed, did you pinch that 2-0 scoreline from my prediction earlier today? Intelligent man if you did.

    Now here’s optomism in the face of adversity – i’ve just put £10 on 2-0 at 20/1. Milky bars are on me tomorrow night me thinks

  • Jay

    Nov 30, 2007 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Thanks for the tip boy’s…..ladbrooks here i come!!

  • admin

    Nov 30, 2007 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Graham – this is Ed – I have an odd feeling that we’ll win 2-1 ……..I just picked 2-0 out of the air – just wanted to make the point if we win the gloom will immediately lift. So it’s not that bad is it? 😀

  • George

    Nov 30, 2007 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #4

    I would love us to come away with 3 points tomorrow, but unfortunately i can not see it happening. Nothing has been going on on the pitch to give me any hope of a win, if anything it will be damage limitation.

  • Marguerite

    Nov 30, 2007 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Please Sam concentrate on Newcastle that is all that counts NEWCASTLE first, last and inbetween. I DO NOT want to hear another word from you about Bolton – you left there of your own volition -remember?

  • steve r

    Nov 30, 2007 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #6

    It seems like Sams focus is on us not conceeding sloppy goals – great! But it would be nice to score one… or at least have a shot on target!! Unless Sam breaks out his negative mindset I fear for us doing anything other than maybe sneaking lucky wins or draws occasionally

  • wsq

    Nov 30, 2007 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #7

    David Bently to score a screamer, Mc Carthy to head a good one, Samba score a screamer just outside the box. Everybody has been scoring screamer’s against us sooo i expect the trend to continue.

    More mindless football. What makes you think we can turn this around. Though Blackburn had a bad game midweek, that’s just a “real” minor blip because they can play well, whereas we can’t , we are more than a blip.

    We are appalling, just look at substitution wise, who comes on for who, just comical.

    That GOOD LOOKING LAD santa crus will score a hat trick tomorrow.

    Minging smudge will get sent off!

    More radio call ins chanting “BIG SAM YOU DON”T KNOW WHAT YOU”RE DOING!”

    Pathetic performances is becoming a more common ocurrence in Newcastle. i remember one from souness, one from roeder and almost every game now for Sam!

  • steve

    Nov 30, 2007 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #8

    2-0 toon win – which team have you been watching – you know those clips that are on MOTD are meant to be the highlights – trust me we play even worse than that in the bits they dont show!!!

    reckon 2-0 blackburn win and put a bet on for finding Elvis alive on the moon riding Shergar while Marilyn Monroe sings happy birthday to him and JFK

  • Rob

    Nov 30, 2007 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #9

    mmmm, just been listen to SA talk about cutting out mistakes and defending set pieces and we’ll be OK. Nearly an impossible task if you intend to sit back and get the run around for 1st 70 minutes. Surely the better way to cut out mistakes is to get into less situations were people are presured into mistakes, how to do that? but the presure onto the opposition, try and dominate games, improve the skills of the players to keep the ball and pass and move, play the game further up the pitch, one more advantage of this, people enjoy watching it, the crowd responds, the players get more confidence, we might go on unbeaten runs etc……it’s the way Man C are playing right now, they are not the best team in the league, they won;t win every game, but they play to win and seem to be doing it quite well….that’s what I reckon anyhow.

  • evildick

    Nov 30, 2007 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #10

    wsq – you’re obviously a mackem.

  • ObaFan2

    Nov 30, 2007 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #11

    wsq, i find myself nearly agreeing with you for once (OH NOOOOOO)

    seriously though I’d be happier with our losses if we’d had fought and dug in a bit but we haven’t so I can’t see us turning the corner just yet !

    A decent performance or three is what’s needed whatever the score so

    BSA I don’t agree that winning is all we want!!!!!!!

  • adam

    Nov 30, 2007 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #12

    itl be a draw. 1-1 they will score first and we will score against the run of play, martins 2 get it. cant wait for the game


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