Thereâ€™s been a lot of talk in the popular press about Alan Shearer being lined up for the Newcastle manager job, on a contingency basis, in case Newcastle slide even further into mediocrity.
But after Arsenal we have four games we can win. Two away from home and two at home. We’re sure Sam and the players will be concentrating on that. It also turns out that Mike Ashley and Sam had a good talk after the game on Saturday, and we’re sure Mike was pleased with the performance if not the result.
Sam Allardyce – had a good talk with owner Ashley after Saturday’s game
The reports circulating in the press that if Newcastle donâ€™t beat Arsenal tomorrow night, then Big Sam will get the sack are just ludicrous. If managers got the sack because they donâ€™t beat Arsenal this season, weâ€™d have an awful lot of Premier managers out of a job.
Big Sam has again been talking to the Newcastle Journal today â€“ this time he talks about Alan Shearer.
â€œIf somebody wants to employ him (Shearer) down the line, if thatâ€™s after me or whatever, thatâ€™s life,â€ â€œI donâ€™t particularly see that as a burden because if you lose your job somebody else is going to take it, whether itâ€™s Alan Shearer or whoever.”
“If Alan decides to take my job, I hope itâ€™ll be when Iâ€™ve decided to leave because Iâ€™ve made the club successful. If itâ€™s the other way (Allardyce being sacked), you have to live with it.â€
We’re sure that Alan Shearer will be the manager to succeed Big Sam, whenever Big Sam leaves Newcastle, but we hope that’s after a few years and that he will be successful at the club. We’ve had far too many managers under Freddy Shepherd, and it didn’t help bringing any success to the club.
Sam also talks about not reading the popular press about his situation at the club. That’s good, because if he did it would probably send him crazy. Every day there’s something in the papers about Shearer replacing him, or that he will go if Newcastle don’t beat Arsenal tomorrow. It’s just total rubbish that we’re getting in the press right now. Sam continued:
â€œI donâ€™t read it (the speculation about his job), so unless somebody rings me about it. I was taught at a young age by many managers greater than me that whatever you do, donâ€™t read about whatâ€™s written about you if you want to be a success.”
“I saw Mike Ashley after the game on Saturday, shook hands and had a good chat with him. I hope that shows the strength of the relationship weâ€™ve got.â€
Supporters support the team through thick and thin. And just because Newcastle are having a tough time of it doesn’t mean to say we have to turn against the manager, who’s only been in the job six months. We need to give the lads our full support tomorrow night, and we’re sure we’ll do just that, and then we’ll move on from that, whatever result we can get.
Even if we don’t get a result tomorrow, the four games coming up against Birmingham, Fulham, Derby County and Wigan Athletic are all winnable games for us.