Big Sam Tells Players – I’ll Do It My Way

News is leaking out today from both the Newcastle Evening Chronicle and the Shields Gazette, that Sam Allardyce had a meeting with three of his senior players last Tuesday morning.

The new being reported is that Sam told them he was going to sink or swim on the tactics he has used all his managerial life, that brought success to Bolton Wanderers. In other words Sam told them thanks, but no thanks – I’ll do it my way.


Sam Allardyce – I’ll do it my way

That was the message the Newcastle manager gave to a three-man deputation of senior players, who apparently on their own initiative, went to see him last Tuesday, after the Liverpool disaster.

The players are said to have had a no-nonsense discussion with their manager. It’s not at all surprising to us that Big Sam would tell them politely that it was himself, who had to decide how to manage the club.

It’s Big Sam whose job is on the line right now, not theirs, and he’s responsible for the results. So why wouldn’t he do it his way? If he gets sacked well at least he gave it a go and didn’t do it somebody else’s way.

Allardyce told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I can’t do a job other than by doing it the right way.” “The right way is to try and be successful over a period of time, as quickly as you can. You want it to be sustainable over a period of time, and not just a flash in the pan.”

“At the moment, there are 52,000 who can pick a better team than me, so that’s a distraction you can’t let happen.” “You’ve got to get on with your job. You know what works, and you know what doesn’t work.”

“You know what’s right, and what’s not right.” “Just because you get one or two bad results, it doesn’t change the way you work.”

Newcastle’s game on Wednesday evening will be televised live around the world, so most fans will be able to see the game themselves. It’s that more important that Newcastle play well, and show that Geordie fighting spirit again.

Another Portsmouth or Liverpool like display is not on the cards, and to get some kind of result the Newcastle players will need the same fortitude they showed on Saturday. Commentary in the press that if Sam loses against Arsenal he will be out as manager is pure drivel.

It’s just more nonsense from the popular press, and we have to believe Sam will have at least until the new year to turn things around at the club. Hey, we hope he does just that, starting on Wednesday against the Arsenal giants. You’ve got to look on the bright side, even though it can be very difficult at times, when you’re supporting Newcastle United. 😀

Comments welcome.

39 comments so far

  • iain

    Dec 3, 2007 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #1

    tip to sam ring souness/gullit/dagliesh up and ask how insisting on there own style of management succeeded at nufc.

    and they were much better more sucesfull managers than big sam.

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 3, 2007 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Idd Iain

    Stubborn if you ask me!!!!!!!!!!

    BSA we don’t want Bolton playing for NUFC.

    “Just because you get one or two bad results, it doesn’t change the way you work.”

    ha ha we’re looking at 1 point from 18 after Wenesday night?

    Wake up and smell the roses.

    Stay on the training pitch and not in reporters offices?

    Give us a team to be proud of please.

  • Gazza

    Dec 3, 2007 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #3

    When will people stop kicking him when he’s down? When will people apportion the right amount of blame on the players who have been so poor? Sam is actually a good manager and he’s only been at the club 6 months, Alex Ferguson was nearly sacked within a year of taking over at Man U, surely the real fans out there will stay positive and give him and the players their support. I will!

  • Hadrian

    Dec 3, 2007 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #4

    ive watched 1 half decent performance all season from the toon, at that was getting beat at blackburn .
    its not like he’s getting results either . when we have lost we looked terrible , when we have won we looked terrible also .

  • Bryan

    Dec 3, 2007 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #5

    Iain & ObaFan2- You both have it spot on.
    I have said it before, what success did he have at Bolton? If that is success to Sam then i am afraid he underestimates the Toon army. Success to us is competing with the top 4 year in year out to make it a top 5.
    It is a sad day when 3 senior players are questioning his team selections and tactics. Do you think these are the players who have been playing out of positition all season?
    It is a small minded or pig headed person who will not listen to constructive critisisum from senior players. The last manager who did that was a certain dreadlocked Dutchman, and we all know what happened to him.

  • Hadrian

    Dec 3, 2007 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #6

    “At the moment, there are 52,000 who can pick a better team than me, so that’s a distraction you can’t let happen.”

    thing is sam , those 52k people are all picking the same squad , and its never the same as sam’s .
    52k cant be all wrong .

  • Noxx

    Dec 3, 2007 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #7

    All the Best Sam. If we had it our way in picking players and management we wont be in this situation in the first place.

  • Bill f

    Dec 3, 2007 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #8

    Well I find this developement very disquieting. For Sam and his players to be at odds on how the game should be played is not good news.

    If the senior pros feel the need to say something it suggests it goes much deeper, I would guess that this undercurrent is rife amongst most of the players and they were the spokesmen for the rest of the team.

    If Sam is able to impose his will on the players and turn it round to get them playing and winning great. If not then we will have a new manager a lot sooner than anyone could have expected. It would be such a downer as the season started with so much optimism. 🙁 🙁 🙁

  • shearyadi

    Dec 3, 2007 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #9

    I read so many “Newcastle United” fans here. How funny 😀

    I have said it before, what success did he have at Bolton?

    He takes them to the Premierships and bring Europe to Reebok stadium while we are struggling to get into mid table, that’s it! You want another Champions Cup playing at St. James’ Park? Stick with him.

    Success to us is competing with the top 4 year in year out to make it a top 5.

    What does it means?

  • shearyadi

    Dec 3, 2007 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #10

    I hope he will not get sacked by Wednesday even if we loss again, I would love to see how the “newcastle United” fans here would say if finally BSA can get the right formula for United to perform and bring something for this club.

    United don’t need glory hunter!

  • Stamford Toon

    Dec 3, 2007 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #11

    52k picking the same squad!!! What a load on nonsense, just take a look back at all the different squads chosen on this site. I say ‘good on you Sam’. Do it your way, its your job on the line not the 52k of us watching. I bet there is no more than 2/3 in the crowd had the same amount of managerial experience as Sam. In fact probably only Sir Bobby and he gave Sam his support. Lets hope 52k ‘supporters’ turn up on Wednesday evening.

  • ToonKing

    Dec 3, 2007 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Don’t worry Stamford Toon, the 52000 faithfull will be there even if we play in the League 2.

  • Stamford Toon

    Dec 3, 2007 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Great, but will they be the one who cheer or those who boo? thats why is said ‘supporters’

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 3, 2007 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Mirror reports today that BSA has until boxing day.

    After Wednesday we have 4 matches that we should be getting results/points from and that runs us up nicely to the Jan transfer window.

    So BSA get some results and you’ll have money for some new players, if not then you’ll get a big payof like the rest of our recent managers !!!!!!!!!!

    You have my support but please keep it closed you’re not helping with you’re righteous spin……

    Maybe being a polititian might suit u more lmao 😀

  • iain

    Dec 3, 2007 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #15

    imposing your will to win and tactics is one thing asking players to play a style of football they dont even class as football is another.

  • Bill f

    Dec 3, 2007 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #16

    Stamford-Toon, so are you saying that the people who follow the Toon no nowt about football. Its true that it’s up to Sam to pick the team and it’s his neck on the line.

    But I think that most of us agree that his teams to date are at the least a little eccentric and that most of the selections I seen on this blog try to play to the squads strengths.
    It would appear that even his own players are now saying it.

    Personally I never try to pick the team as I do not work with the players day in and out but we do see them on the pitch on matchdays and so far they have looked (a lot of the time anyway) like they are confused and out of position.

    I would love to see Sam turn it around and for him to keep his job, not because I have any deep regard for him. But I do for the team I have followed all of my long life.

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 3, 2007 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #17

    agreed Bill F

  • Stamford Toon

    Dec 3, 2007 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #18

    We don’t know what the players had to say to Sam. ( Although I would have liked to be a fly on the wall) I had previously heard that Milner was unhappy, I don’t know if he was one of the 3, but it will not be helping him with supporters banging on about where he should or should not be playing. He did play on the left for England and I heard no complaints then.

  • Hadrian

    Dec 3, 2007 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #19

    why would you lot ‘love’ to see sam turn it around?
    you not hear the guy loud and clear? he’s going to play horrible football and doesnt give a shit what we want to watch , its his way or the highway .
    anyway , he’s a dead man walking now regardless , i think its pretty clear what the majority of fans think . once thats happened there is no turning back .
    look at us , up shit creek again and guess where it stems from? sheperd !

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 3, 2007 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #20

    Ive got to say toon fans probably have the most knowledge bout footy in the country, we are football mad!

  • the Black in blackn White

    Dec 3, 2007 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #21

    Im sick of hearing “HOW FICKLE TOON ARMY FANS ARE”

    its aload of rubbish, if we were fickle would st James be packed to capacity week in week out?? Il take no lectures from CITY fans, BOLTON, bloody spurs, White hart lane is always a quarter full, and like wise for most of the mid table teams save Everton and other teams with aspiration (oh god I sound like PM Brown)

    Sam knew he was stepping up, I dont want to here this rubbish about we have too much expectation, in the premier leage if you dont have high expectations you get relegated or your in and out of the league like the mackams, Birmingham et al.

    I expected alot from Sam, because he said himslelf he was ambitious, all this talk of turning things round means we have to revert back to primitive 19th century football is F*ckry! its not as if Newcastle got promoted with Bolton, we have been in the top flight for years-

    and to the stupid toon fans that join in with other fans dissing us as unloyal should be ashamed of themselves- dont you get it they are happy that we are underperforming- they want us to be divded and keep any proponents that are keeping us down-

    as for Big Sam should he stay or should he go? I have football first on sky sports its a revelation i dont know how i used to watch MofD with 5mins of newcastle games- now i watch the full match if not over an hour of itand the truth is my brother (and any lasses who are reading):

    our players are not encouraged to play the ball on the grass- we play long ball and oh how limiting it is- our midfield is ineffective BUTT SMITH GEREMI and 1 winger it makes me sick BUTT i dont know how he gets into the team i dont, his touch is poor, he cant pass, he lunges a bit- but i credit him he is a hardworker and so is smith but they didnt maj=ke fergies cut- i know we are not united(in more ways than one at present ;o( ) but we have to have standards when in comes to pass and move-

    in sum big sam has stepped up to 52k audience week in week out not a reebok of 15k or 25k if they is good times 52k bad crazy ready to shout theyr lungs out for the team, if he things 1 point in 15 getting whiped 4-1, 3-1, 3-0 and he has been playing defensive too it s ridiculous- the sign for me was the derby game- when confidence was high for god sakes- Bolton there was no expectation each year in the premiership is a bonus, so he could hide, at the toon with 52k fans week in week out there is no where to hide if he cant stand that kind of heat- he best leave, at least with rodoer we played good football (the west ham style of football- still comendable) we were just soft in the middle with roder-

    we have a ruthless chairmen, he is no mug, i trust his judgment- the sad thing is after 80min -85 min St james park is beginning to look like the Reebok, notable empty patches in the ground thats revenue shoing its confidence as i said Ashly is no mug he made his millions, fat freddie was born into money( ithink, some one back me up quick-anyway he eat all our pies, remember the rip of shirts)

    anyway, I usually read more than i write so i had a lot to get off my chest

    saturday in London infront of the telly i was wearing black n white with God9 on the back, i will do so on wednesday, and i will do so after wednesday with or with out Mr. Allardyce-

    because i toon army not some fickle fan like so many iknow………..Howay the lads keep sing the Bladin races

  • wsq

    Dec 3, 2007 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #22

    agree with hadrian, the team’s performance against blackburn was the only half decent performance i’ve seen as well. even that game i couldn’t stop shutting my trap.

  • wsq

    Dec 3, 2007 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #23

    agree with hadrian, the team’s performance against blackburn was the only half decent performance i’ve seen as well. even that game i couldn’t shut my trap.

  • Leo

    Dec 3, 2007 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #24

    well i wouldnt say that the players and sam are at odds, i think that he is right to say i will do it my way, if he didnt and we got worse we would still blame him, why not let him do it his way and see if he can suceed

  • Chris Bunton

    Dec 3, 2007 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #25

    I thought negative longball defensive tactics were supposed to make you hard to break down??We never let in this many goals in cosecutive games under Keegans all out attacking approach! If you ask me Sam is being very stubborn and unbelivably arrogant to think he can ignore club tradition and stick with his tactics. He is a second rate manager and there is no evidence to suggest otherwise. Freddie Shepherd was a second rate Chairman so we need to complete the clubs positive transition by sacking Sam. Who really want’s to pay to watch a Big Sam team win or lose?.. Not me.

  • ChrisL

    Dec 3, 2007 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #26

    WSQ & Hadrian,

    “the team’s performance against Blackburn was the only half decent performance I’ve seen as well”
    Did you miss the matches against Spurs, Everton & West Ham? All at least ‘half decent’ surely?

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 3, 2007 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #27

    west ham was good the others were mediocre

  • wsq

    Dec 3, 2007 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #28

    if i look back at those games, i’m sure i’ll find a lot of things to whine about. basically, we never look comfortable nor organized. going against stronger teams exposes your weaknesses, those weaknesses weren’t capitalize by those opponents. losing against derby says a lot. we can call a run of bad results a blip, why can’t we categorize them as a stroke of good luck. going against a spurs team low in confidence, we couldn’t have been more lucky, a depleted team like west ham.

    It was half decent because, i didn’t see much luck yesterday, i saw a lot of effort and a slight degree of organization in attack albeit slight but effective at times. But id like to see whether that approach will work against a well rested team. A far cry from the “entertaining football” but i could see what the team was trying to do, get the long diagonal ball in behind the defence for martins, although his touch left a lot to be desired.

    and there was an awful lot more closing down opponents, less pot shots at goal from out side the box which says a lot.

    mind the defence getting split open, we kept losing our shape, where was nicky butt i don’t know.

  • Stamford Toon

    Dec 3, 2007 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #29

    Since when did Roeder’s team give us good football. Seems like a lot of you missed the Spurs, Everton & west Ham games. Perhaps you should try counting the number of passes along the ground against the number of long balls, rather than being sucked in by Sams media reputation, you might get a suprise.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 3, 2007 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #30

    stamford the majority were pass’ to the keeper and passing side ways and backwards.

  • ToonKing

    Dec 3, 2007 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #31

    wsq “if i look back at those games, i’m sure i’ll find a lot of things to whine about.”

    I reckon if we win 8-0 on wednesday you will still find a lot of things to whine about….

  • iain

    Dec 3, 2007 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #32

    when did roeder ever give us good football…

    try everton and AZ at home, he showed us in those two games how good our players are, only were missing nobby/dyer from that team ,which means surely milner has to play right side more often to make up for that, unless of course signed better right sided players inthe summer which we didnt.

    roeders failing was his man managment skills and weakness in persauding the chairman into parting with some money for some decent defenders.

  • Jerry

    Dec 3, 2007 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #33

    What exactly is Allardyce’s level of education?

    This man seems to thick its unbelievable lol

  • Hadrian

    Dec 3, 2007 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #34

    chrisl . nope i watched those matches like every other . we played like shite and were lucky to win them , apart from spurs cos there shit

  • Bill f

    Dec 3, 2007 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #35

    Hadrian read my last sentence again.

  • zinchead

    Dec 3, 2007 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #36

    guys…its simple, BSA appears to have lost it fr a number of reasons:
    1. Not playing 4-4-2
    2. Playing people out of position (see above)
    3. Not using wingers at home (ditto above)
    4. Allowing players to “swan about” for the first half against Liverpool and Pompey and not kicking their arses at half time and motivating the over-paid prima-donnas to get stuck in.

    It’s very simple, Get the system right, get the players up fo the battel and INSTILL SOME BELIEF IN THEM THAT IF THEY GIVE 100% THE CROWD WILL ALWAYS BE BEHIND THEM..

    The only reason that they got booed off was for lack off committment, James Miler never gets Booed off BECAUSE THE KID IS COMITTED.

    Rant over…new manager please…and only one that will play the following:
    1. 4-4-2
    2. Wingers at home at least
    3. 11 players who will fight for every SECOND BALL.

    f**k me…I could motivate them to do that and I sell carpets!!

  • Sinead

    Dec 4, 2007 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #37

    He will do it his way..

    He’s turning into scruge.

    “UNDER-PRESSURE Sam Allardyce has smashed a potential dressing-room revolt at Newcastle, telling his players: Don’t mess with me.

    Toon stars were up in arms when word leaked out that Allardyce was planning to take them away for four days over the Christmas period.

    And a delegation, understood to be led by long-serving keeper Shay Given, approached the manager in a bid to persuade him to change his mind.

    But Big Sam laid down the law, insisting he wouldn’t budge on his Scrooge-like schedule which will see the Toon team bus leave Tyneside on Christmas Day ahead of their Boxing Day clash at Wigan.”

    What a plank!! Seriously. I’d give him a smack. So who wants to bet Shay wont be playing Weds (or gone by January if Sams still there)??

    You know, now isn’t the time you want your manager to be panicking, comming up to that busy Christmas time in football, but it looks like he’s hit the panic button. He has finally broke. Big Sam is now the Gringe, the player who stole Christmas.
    Oh..ohh, I smell trouble.

  • Sinead

    Dec 4, 2007 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #38

    “Sam is now the Gringe, the player who stole Christmas.”

    When I said player, I meant manager..obviously. Ah screw it I’m going to bed.

  • Jay

    Dec 4, 2007 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #39

    Hands up if you love big sam…….!!!!

    Being a Newcastle Utd Fan is like being on a really big rollacoster……’s a real stuggle to get up and then we shoot straight back down at 100 mph…!! Love It!!!

    Underdogs rule!!!! Newcastle 2 Arsenal 1


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