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. Heâ€™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 thatâ€™s what we need tomorrow â€“ 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:
â€œNo one likes to be shouted at, but itâ€™s part of the job and you have to accept that,â€
â€œNobody wants to hear your own fans giving you abuse, telling you what youâ€™re not doing and what they expect you to do, but you have to strive to make sure it (Liverpool) doesnâ€™t happen again.â€
â€œWinning football matches wins fans over, nothing else. It doesnâ€™t matter what you might say. If weâ€™re winning, theyâ€™re happy â€“ if weâ€™re losing, theyâ€™re not.â€
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. Jamesâ€™ Park. Sam needs to find out who doesnâ€™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.
â€œIâ€™m satisfied with the conversations weâ€™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.â€
â€œI 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.â€
â€œI donâ€™t know at this moment in time whether our players are good enough or big enough to handle the pressure because they havenâ€™t had that much of it.â€
â€œWe will find out. It (the abuse) will make me more resilient, more determined.â€
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, thatâ€™s even better.
When asked about the abuse Sam continued:
â€œIâ€™m aware of it, your mates keep you aware of it and Iâ€™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 youâ€™re as experienced as me, you donâ€™t let any distractions put you off doing what you know is right.â€
â€œWeâ€™ve got what weâ€™ve got, weâ€™ve got to work through it together and stop conceding sloppy goals. Weâ€™ve got to get through this slightly difficult time weâ€™ve had. At end of the day weâ€™ve not had a win in four, itâ€™s not, not had a win in ten.â€
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 😀