Sam Allardyce talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning, about players sometimes being unhappy with what the manager does, and he rightly says, that itâ€™s not at all unusual.
The interview was given before Steve Harper and Shay Given issued their very responsible statement saying all the players at the club were firmly behind the manager, and it was a good thing for our two goalkeepers to do. It shows they support Big Sam in his current difficulties, which confront every manager at some point in their career. Good for them.
Sam Allardyce – in happier times at Bolton than right now
Sam talked to the Journal this morning:
â€œPlayers are not happy about a lot of the stuff that I do, because theyâ€™re players and Iâ€™m the manager,â€ â€œIâ€™m the man who knows whatâ€™s right for them and I know it more than they do. Thatâ€™s why I sit in this (managerâ€™s) chair.â€
â€œThatâ€™s an everyday occurrence as a manager,â€ â€œSomebody will have a problem with something or other, whether itâ€™s how you go about the week, wanting to play, off the field. Thereâ€™s always something a player doesnâ€™t like. Some of it sneaks into the papers.”
â€œWhoever did it (went to the newspapers) might think itâ€™s making a point, but it will only make me more resilient and stronger. I just find it disappointing it ends up in the paper, but thatâ€™s life today.â€
Itâ€™s not even clear to us that anybody went to the papers with that story. The tabloids are quite capable of making up any sort of nonsense they can think up, and it doesnâ€™t depend on players leaking anything to them.
In fact, with Shay and Steve coming out this morning with their statement, thatâ€™s a good thing for Big Sam and like a vote of confidence from the players. Not that he needed that. The players should listen to their manager, but their performance on Saturday showed they are doing exactly that. Donâ€™t believe everything thatâ€™s said in the tabloid press, as weâ€™ve found out, most of it is made up.
â€œMy discussions with the players and staff are exactly that â€“ and whether they like it or not, I donâ€™t publicize whatâ€™s good, bad or indifferent about them.â€
â€œPlayers wouldnâ€™t know what to eat or drink after games unless you told them,â€ he says. â€œOnce you tell them and persist, then all of a sudden they find out it is the right thing to do.”
â€œRecovery now is becoming just as important as training. Getting ready for the next game, because thereâ€™s so much physical and mental fatigue. All aspects like that are about changing the players to get themselves better.”
â€œPeople donâ€™t like it when theyâ€™re taken out of their comfort zone, so you have to be persistent and give them the right information and tell them itâ€™s going to make them a better player.â€
â€œItâ€™s like taking a (mid-season) break. Thereâ€™s going to be a huge demand on individuals over Christmas and the Premier League still wonâ€™t support the vast majority of managers recommending they shut down in the season for a couple of weeks, so we have to find the time to allow the players to do that, to recharge the batteries.â€
â€œHistorically Iâ€™ve done that in the past and Iâ€™ve got a very good response to that later in the season. It relieves all the pressures, good and bad. Itâ€™s probably better to go away in difficult times than in good times, but you have to be brave enough to do that, because you get more criticism then from the outside influences.”
â€œYou have to not be distracted by that and keep doing whatâ€™s right.â€ â€œYouâ€™ve got to believe in whatâ€™s right and wrong and I know whatâ€™s right to consistently get positive results.â€
Sam is under pressure right now and it must be extremely difficult for him since he also has to lift the players for the tough game against Arsenal tomorrow evening. But we think Sam has a thick skin and it will not take too much to turn this thing around. A win tomorrow night will do it and five the team enough confidence to win again against Birmingham at St. James’ Park on Saturday.
That’s all it will take and what doe we need against Arsenal tomorrow night to get all 3 points. Good support from the fans, which we’ll get and a little bit of luck, that’s all. One way to get around these stressful periods that we all face at some time is to remember that things are never quite as black as they appear, and things are never quite as great as they appear. 😀
We’re supporting Big Sam and the players to turn this thing around, and we know they can, maybe even tomorrow night.Â We’ll know within a short 27 hours if they can do that.