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. Itâ€™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.
Itâ€™s Big Sam whose job is on the line right now, not theirs, and heâ€™s responsible for the results. So why wouldnâ€™t he do it his way? If he gets sacked well at least he gave it a go and didnâ€™t do it somebody elseâ€™s way.
Allardyce told the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œI canâ€™t do a job other than by doing it the right way.â€ â€œThe 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.â€
â€œAt the moment, there are 52,000 who can pick a better team than me, so thatâ€™s a distraction you canâ€™t let happen.â€ â€œYouâ€™ve got to get on with your job. You know what works, and you know what doesnâ€™t work.”
“You know whatâ€™s right, and whatâ€™s not right.” â€œJust because you get one or two bad results, it doesnâ€™t change the way you work.â€
Newcastleâ€™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. 😀