Allardyce – Newcastle Now Behind Schedule

Sam Allardyce seemed quite upbeat when he talked about Newcastle today to the Newcastle Journal and Luke Edwards.

Sam thought that through the Tottenham game, which was our last victory, things were ahead of schedule, if anything, in his rebuilding of the Newcastle team and club.


Sam Allardyce – things now behind schedule at Newcastle United

But now, with just a solitary point from the 5 games since then, things are, you guessed it, now behind schedule.  Let’s take a look at what Big Sam has been saying ahead of the massive test we gave with Arsenal later today. Sam said:

“We’re behind schedule because we have suffered defeats which could have been avoided. I think we have not drawn the sort of games we were capable of drawing and not won the games we perhaps thought we should have done, so we’re behind schedule now. “

“It is a period that is difficult for us. We did not expect it to happen for as long as it has, but it has. There are many different factors we could point to which have not helped our cause, but sooner, rather than later, we will get the victory which will settle us all down.”

Any kind of result tonight against Arsenal will be extremely difficult, on form alone. But football is a funny game and stranger things have happened. The main thing is to try to hold Arsenal for as long as we can. We cannot allow them to get early goals tonight, if we are to take anything out of this game. And it is the defense the fans will want to see a big improvement in from our previous 5 games. We have leaked an amazing 13 goals in that time, which just about tells the whole story of our demise, it’s our defense yet again.

But after tonight, we have four games with teams just below us in the table – Birmingham, Fulham, Derby and Wigan – and all those games can be won. Maybe that’s a light at the end of the tunnel for us. Just how many games we do win of those four, will better determine just how bad a plight Sam will be in before the January transfer window, and we think will determine just how much money Big Sam will get to spend early next year.

Sam continued:

“We have had some very good performances, some average ones and some poor ones. The poor performances and results, up to the Portsmouth and Liverpool home games, it’s something we had been trying to work on, certainly away from home.”“The pressure of not achieving more results away from home created a bigger burden at home and that’s what we have not been able to live up to.”

“We almost built up a reputation of ‘we are playing at home, we are going to win’ and we were getting close to that before Portsmouth and Liverpool.” “Without the results away from home brings that bit more pressure. But we have to handle that pressure and get on with it. It’s up to us to turn things around.”

But as Sam says it’s up to them to turn this around. That’s their job. both as a manager and players. That’s why the players get paid so much money these days – to win games. And as somebody said on this site, to thank the players for giving 100% on Saturday, tells you how far we have fallen in the last few weeks. For the money these players are getting they should be giving 100% every single game and showing the skill we need to win those games.

But we think the fans will be a little bit more patient tonight, against an excellent Arsenal side, but it doesn’t stop us still hoping for all 3 points.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Dave

    Dec 5, 2007 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Imagine the grins when we win tonight 🙂

  • indian toon

    Dec 5, 2007 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #2

    sam is truin to convince us fans off the pitch.. he’s givin too much interviews to the press. this is makin even worse for him. he need’s to produde it on the pitch by gettin the results. then everyone will shut their’s. a draw will be a big achievement. this will definetly end our bad run and give players some confidence. if its other way round then god help sam

  • Len

    Dec 5, 2007 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Tonight is more likely to be a slaughter than a test. Birmingham is the massive test. Ed, its our defending that lets us down not just the defence. Viduka standing watching while the man he is supposed to be marking walks past him and heads in is not the back 4s fault. The midfield fail to track runners. Neither Viduka or Owen do a stroke when the other team have the ball. Indian makes a good point about Sam spending a lot of energy managing the media. And Dave, whatever you are smoking mate you should pass it round.

  • adam

    Dec 5, 2007 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    i agree, sam is talking way too much. he should be spending that time looking at transfer targets or thinking about the game.

    a draw would be a good result. but it will be so hard. im cheering on the boys tho

    Common NEWCASTLE!!!

  • Rob Kirton

    Dec 5, 2007 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #5

    If we win tonight we should make sure that Sam is only one or two games from the sack for the remainder of the season. (No smiley – not joking) It would seem that he and the team have responded well to being under pressure.

    A draw is the absolute minimum from tonights game. Last season’s 0-0 was achieved under far more testing circumstances. The atmosphere for that game was good, the crowd played their part, really getting behind the team, recognising the effort they put in. Nothing else will suffice tonight. A poor performance should leave Sam’s tenure in balance for the Birmingham game. If he can’t resepond to that pressure he really shouldn’t be in the job.

    Howay the lads 1 – 0.

    Get ready to shout yourself hoarse whether at the game or in front of the radio tonight !!

  • Leo

    Dec 5, 2007 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #6

    well its the lord tavernrs dinner tonight so there will be a fair few of the big wigs out singing for once i am hoping. we will have to wait and see.

  • Whumpie

    Dec 5, 2007 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #7

    I will be shouting (and taking abuse for it ‘cos I’m daaahn saaarth) tonight, but I have to be honest and say that I’ve almost written the points off and the real hopes start with the four other matches to boxing day.

    Nobody has beaten Arsenal this season, and few have got a point. I’m not saying we can’t do it – but let’s not read too much into it if we lose. Sorry Rob K, but if you “won’t accept less than a point” in circumstances like this then you must be new.

    My main hope for tonight is that the crowd take a leaf out of the ‘top four’ supporters’ book and encourage rather than derride when something goes badly. If we have a bad start and the crowd start booing and jeering, it’ll be slaughter and the Toon Army will be just as much at fault as anyone. Time to start doing our job and supporting properly.

  • Rob Kirton

    Dec 5, 2007 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Whumpie: So much for your conclusion. I went to my first game in 1973-74.

    My point was simple. Last year Roeder’s back was against the wall, the injury situation was terrible and Arsenal were on a good run. We put up a great show. Even a manager as poor as he was, managed to motivate the team.

    The players and manager are paid millions of pounds a year. they should be under tremendous pressure to perform well all of the time. We should have a team that is capable of at least getting a point at home against the so called “big 4”. Wasn’t too difficult last year for a poor manager, surely it shouldn’t be too difficult for somebody with Allardyces alleged talents.

  • Whumpie

    Dec 5, 2007 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #9

    Rob K: Yep, I do think we have a weird and wonderful habit of returning unexpected results when under the cosh (and, alas, the opposite). I hope you’re right on that one.

    One more soap-box moment from me, though: what the hell has the salary of a player or manager got to do with it? I’ve been rich, I’ve been poor (and usually bouncing between the two) and I can tell you – as will any psychologist – that money has absolutely no effect on performance, attitude or effort.

    Paying someone more will not make the slightest difference to the outcome – it’s just the means to get them there in the first place. This idea that rich people should just always be deleriously happy and perform perfectly ‘cos they’re rich is daft. A big red herring that often leads to bad decisions.

    My point is simpler still: we, the supporters, should support. We’re a laughing stock for our constant baying for blood at the slightest downturn (and the consequent failure to win anything), and we have to change.

    I suspect – and hope – that enough of the SJP crown tonight will privately recognise that ‘Stubber’ Barton was dead right and change their approach. “12th man” works both ways, and it took a certifiable, window-licking, fearless loon to say so to the Toon Army.

  • indian toon

    Dec 5, 2007 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #10

    you guys are so lucky to visit st james. it is like paradise to me.

  • Whumpie

    Dec 5, 2007 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #11

    I miss SJP terribly since being forced back to the South by work. Anyone need a contract project manager up there? Oh, go on…
    It is still, and will always be, the place that puts a fizz up your spine like no other.

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 5, 2007 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #12

    “There are many different factors we could point to which have not helped our cause”

    Like team selection, tactics and substitutions?

  • greg

    Dec 5, 2007 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #13

    last season, for the most part, we had a tonne of youth players playing their hearts out.

    huntington, edgar, taylor, pattison (on occasion), carroll (on occasion), n’zogbia, milner.

    Instead of continuing to nurture these, he’s shipped Carroll out on loan (when he would do better than Shola), released huntington, not playeed edgar or pattison, and totally mismanaged Taylor, N’Zogbia and Milner.

    N’Zogbia and Milner with regards to positions, and Taylor completely. It’s unfair to lambast and blame a 21 year old lad who gives his all, when there are other more culpable players.

    get it on the deck. get it in the net.

  • valle

    Dec 5, 2007 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #14

    As long as we keep on playing with the spirit we showed at blackburn


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