Sam Allardyce is getting labeled again as the long ball manager on TV, and he doesnâ€™t like it one little bit.
Sam Allardyce – upset at the way he is labeled as a manager
But pundits such as BBC Match of the Day pundit Mark Lawrenson’s have to have something to talk about during the program, since they arenâ€™t part of the games, they have to think of something intelligent to say. But it’s much better being part of the action than a critic – it’s too easy to criticize, and of course very safe. Sometimes these critics talk utter rubbish and Big Sam shouldnâ€™t get too upset at it.
We suggest the way to shove it back in their faces is to start winning the games and taking Newcastle back up the league. Thatâ€™s the best way to handle critics, who are always going to be around.
Sam talked about this today:
“It does rankle that I’m labeled the way I am,” “You get nailed with that tag. It comes from other managers because we beat them at Bolton on a regular basis. The perception of how we played was only there when we beat big teams like Liverpool or Chelsea.â€
“Chelsea played the same way to win games when they needed to. That wasn’t deemed long-ball, it was long passing. Here we’ve never really been like that, apart from when we have to change a game.â€
“If you look at Arsenal last Wednesday, how many long balls did they play off [Emmanuel] Adebayor? Lots is the answer to that because I’ve got the ProZone stats.”
Newcastle have been described as being direct by both Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez and Arsenal’s ArsÃ¨ne Wenger, but Sam thinks that they play much the same way, when they have to, and in any case, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
“They’ve only used it as an excuse because they’re more direct than us,” “You watch Liverpool in the first five minutes and 60 or 70 per cent of the balls were sent over the top of our defence.â€
“But people aren’t clever enough to see that. They listen too much to the managers and it becomes clouded. The perception is that Liverpool and Arsenal play all this pretty stuff because that’s what’s generally put around the world of football.â€
“There’s all this conflict about long ball, but everyone has to play long passes behind a defense to get opportunities to score. Arsenal are two-dimensional now where before they used to be one-dimensional which was roll it out at the back and play through midfield. Now, every now and again, the back four go bang. It makes them a better team.”
It turns out that Sam was feeling poorly on Saturday and ignored doctor’s orders to stay at home. That black woolly hat he wore was to keep pneumonia away, and apparently Sam was warned that getting soaking wet meant he could be in big trouble. But he got soaking wet, and was seen jumping up and down, black woolly cap and all, celebrating Habib bey’s dramatic winner on 90 minutes.
We’re sure he’ll be just fine after a result like that – and make no mistake about it, Newcastle deserved that little bit of luck on Saturday.