Sam Allardyce, the beleaguered Newcastle manager, who now seems to be pulling the team out of a huge downturn in form, has talked today about his own self belief.
Sam and Arsene during the battle on Wednesday night – what a great game!
We are still way short of points and having captured only 2 from the last 18 we will want to get all 3 points tomorrow against Birmingham, who are just below us in the league in 12th position.
Letâ€™s take a look at what Sam has been saying:
“For me in my position, I am experienced enough to handle whatever comes my way because I have been in it so long and I have dealt with it for so long.â€
“It is getting more and more scrutinized and more and more pressure comes on, but all you have to do is make sure you can handle that pressure and do what you know is right.â€
“You do not listen to outside influences, you do not listen to speculation.â€ “You know you are a good manager, you know what you are doing and you stick to it. You do not let the distractions put you off.
“When you do, or when the players do, that’s when you get poor performances and poor results.”
Sam had the players prepared perfectly for Wednesday evening, and from the very first whistle it was obvious they were in that game for a result. It was a joy to watch for our fans. If we could only have nicked a late winner.
But Newcastle are certainly due a win. Our last win was against Tottenham on October 22, when we beat Tottenham 3-1 on Tyneside, and then Martin Jol, their manager, was dismissed. It has to be a win tomorrow to keep the spirits up, and if we can do that we can indeed start to climb the league table.
It’s also a good time to have the team come into some good form because of the transfer window looming in January. An up-tick in form will persuade owner Mike Ashley to loosen the purse strings, and there are some good players, as well as some good youngsters we are said to be pursuing.
Certainly some of our new players are starting to come into their own at last. Habib Beye had another very good display on Wednesday evening, and there are good signs that Joey Barton is coming into form. Dare we say it, but the defense looked a lot stronger against Arsenal with young Steven Taylor organizing things at the back.
The Newcastle fans will certainly be in full voice and we expect Birmingham to be hard to break down, so again patience will be the order of the day. But we havenâ€™t found goals too hard to come by this season, and it would also be nice to keep a clean sheet for a change.
“I am not so sure there are that many capable of doing it now.â€ “It is a very specialized area now and you need to be in an extremely knowledgeable and experienced position to be able to handle today’s Premier League.â€“If you make it more volatile, then you make it very difficult to cope with the pressure that comes with it.â€
“For me, it has always been about breeding our own and there are many good young managers down in the lower divisions who deserve to get a chance to come up here one way or the other.
“They should really come up here by showing what they can do at that level, but that does not happen for them any more, so they get disillusioned.”
As we’ve said before once Big Sam reties from managing he would be an excellent choice to replace Geordie John Barnwell as head of the League Manager’s Association (LMA). It seems a job made for Sam’s experience and interests.
It should be a good game tomorrow against Birmingham, and an early goal would really get the ball rolling for Newcastle. But having listened to both Sam Allardyce and Nigel Pearson after the game on Wednesday, both of them are down to earth, and realize that Newcastle have to start winning. They certainly will not let the players slip into any sort of complacency and, as we said, now is a great time to start picking up points.
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