Sam Allardyce has been talking again to the Newcastle Journal, and it appears like he thinks he has to defend himself once again, given the adverse criticism he has had to take these last few weeks.
The Newcastle fans were singing â€œyou donâ€™t know what youâ€™re doingâ€ last week in our terrible display against the Liverpool juggernaut, but hopefully the players will have learned from that display and will be much better in 5 hours time at Blackburn Rovers. We certainly hope so.
Sam Allardyce – says he’s indifferent to fans’ criticism
Sam talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œIâ€™m not in this position because I donâ€™t know what Iâ€™m doing. Iâ€™d never have got there in the first place (if I didnâ€™t). Iâ€™m indifferent to criticism because I know what Iâ€™m doing. Iâ€™ve been doing it for 17 years as a manager, involved in all aspects of the game.â€
â€œIâ€™ve taken a long time to get here to a big club, longer than Iâ€™d have liked, so Iâ€™m not about to waste it by listening to outside influences. At end of the day, weâ€™re still 11th in the table, two wins makes all the difference at this stage of the season.”
“Donâ€™t tell me Newcastle, in previous years, have not gone through a season without winning one game in four.â€
But Sam knows this is the kind of pressure he signed up for at Newcastle United, and he could quite easily have stayed at Bolton and not had the same kind of difficulties. But itâ€™s the challenge of turning this huge Newcastle United club around that he wanted, and heâ€™ll just have to take the good with the bad â€“ and we know Sam is well aware of that.
He is trying to make Newcastle hard to beat as the first order of business, and the games in December will now start to come thick and fast.
â€œItâ€™s a big week coming up for us with Blackburn, Arsenal and Birmingham, they are three big games.â€ â€œWeâ€™ve made life more difficult for ourselves than we have at other stages of the season and it will be tough going to a place like Blackburn after our recent results and performances. Weâ€™ve worked a bit longer in training than we would normally, thereâ€™s been a lot to cover.â€
â€œAll the players have to do is each improve their own performances by a small percentage and, at the end of the day, you total them up and youâ€™ve got a much better performance. Only a small improvement from each individual times 11 and youâ€™re back on track.â€
â€œResilience is the order; being determined to not let the opposition do what they want to do. To stop them, weâ€™re playing away from home. Weâ€™re in the business of results so youâ€™ve got to stop the opposition. From that position, you then expose your own strength and try and expose their weaknesses.â€
All good teams know how to shut other teams down, and play on their weaknesses, and thatâ€™s what Sam is trying to do at Newcastle. The last four games have not gone well, but we have some good individual players players at the club, and we certainly hope they can start to gel better, starting today. We need a solid display from the lads. A win would be great and a draw would be OK, as long as we play well and show some good form today.
â€œWe havenâ€™t played like Bolton since I got here and we havenâ€™t tried to. My long-term vision is to play like Manchester United or Arsenal, but to grow a club like that will take five to ten years and certainly not six months.”
“You canâ€™t just build a team like that, it would cost Â£150m and that is not me sending a message to Mike Ashley, itâ€™s just the way it is. Even if you spend Â£150m you couldnâ€™t guarantee you would have a team like that.â€
â€œWe are doing the best we can. Even when we were winning games at the start of the season we were conceding too many goals and making too many mistakes, but the results hid them for a while. That is what we are working on and trying to improve.”
“The way the Premiership is, itâ€™s far too great a task for players at a club like this to score three goals every game to win. Weâ€™ve got to work on our deficiencies and become more efficient.â€
We hope the fans at the game today, some 6,000 of them, who have traveled to Blackburn, will support the team, whatever happens. Everybody at the club is right behind Sam right now, and of course he’s in a very difficult position, following four poor results. But let’s support the lads, and we just have to hope we can get some kind of result. We need a strong and resilient performance today. and we hope we get it.
Comments very welcome – but please keep them decent – many thanks.