Sam Unhappy at Derogatory TV Comments

Sam Allardyce is getting labeled again as the long ball manager on TV, and he doesn’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 aren’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 shouldn’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. That’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.”

“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.”

“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 Arsène 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.”

“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.”

“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.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • Dirk

    Dec 10, 2007 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #1

    sams absolutely right, i watched the match and we rarely played the long ball but the ones we did were highlighted on MOTD we birmingham played more long balls than we did andscored from 1, why we are being aimed at is beyong me but i agree wiv ed the best way to shut these idiots up is to win more games and climb the table 😀 come on you toon!

  • steve

    Dec 10, 2007 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #2

    I think the difference is that our long ball success rate is sh!te

  • Willowtoon

    Dec 10, 2007 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #3

    Mark Lawrenson has an agenda against Newcastle ever since he was sacked as defense coach.

    What is more disappointing is Alan shearer on the same program not condradicting. Looks like he is get sucked into the southern views

  • Steve

    Dec 10, 2007 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Spot on Steve… Only worth playing long balls to Viduka or Smith.. I hate seeing us do it to Oba… Solano would have thrived under this system though I must say, especially if he could have adapted the middle of the park…

  • Graham

    Dec 10, 2007 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed i have to take issue with you on this one… Using “Intelligent” and “Mark Lawrenson” in the same sentence is just not on. I know we’re coming up to the silly season but that really is taking it a little bit too far.

  • dobbo

    Dec 10, 2007 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #6

    when long balls are played with class players it really isnt a problem, trouble is we dont have the calibre of players to play a good long ball, how many times against brum where we did play long for it only to be poor, well ive lost count.
    if sam adopts his style that did well for bolton well im afraid it wont go down well the locals, me included.
    bypassing the midfield aint my way of watching football,and its not as if we”ve got a mighty wyn, to get on the end of them.

  • dobbo

    Dec 10, 2007 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #7

    sam also says hes got the stats of long balls arsenal played, well come on then sam tell us how many we played, and how many were sucessful, would lay a bet arsenals had more sucess with it than ours.

    your gonna have to be a bit smarter than that.

  • ToonKing

    Dec 10, 2007 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Spot on by Sam, about time he came out saying this. I was absolutely disgusted by MOTD, they picked out 3, yes 3, long passes by Rozy and then they say were a long ball team. incredible how idiotic these so called “experts” are, and that includes Shearer as well.

  • dobbo

    Dec 10, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #9

    tell you what toonking, i lost count the amount of long balls that were crap, rewatch it and count.

  • adam

    Dec 10, 2007 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Mark Lawrenson is a muppett

  • George

    Dec 10, 2007 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Unfortunately for SA his reputation will go before him, but, because he is now at NUFC, he will get the flak that goes with being our manager. Since the heady days of KK in charge every manager since has fallen foul of the press, even Bobby Robson, However, when M L made his remarks on MOTD, our so called club ambassador was sitting next to him and did not correct him. Now was this because he agreed with him?. Remember this, the pundits do argue and disagree with each other and Shearer does argue and disagree with them, but he said nothing!
    On the clips it showed it did look like a long ball game, but it was only clips, the whole 90 minutes showed a different game.
    I think it is all because he is at NUFC that the critiscism comes about. He is an easy target.
    We have witnessed some crap the past few weeks, but not once did the long ball game come into effect to try and get us out of trouble, but as soon as we start to pick up a couple of points the long ball game has started.
    I also agree with what SA says about other clubs using long ball tactics, it is refered to as a beautiful 50yard pass.

  • ToonKing

    Dec 10, 2007 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #12

    dobbo i never said that our long balls were good, yes our accuracy is absymal but that’s not Sam’s fault and were not relying on long balls tactic. were far from playing like Bolton. And for MOTD to pick out 3 passes and than say that were Bolton the 2nd is just plain stupid.

  • Bosck

    Dec 10, 2007 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #13

    dobbo. a succesful long ball to me counts as one from which a goal is scored. seeing as we scored one goal from a cross and arsenal scored one goal from a cross, we were therefore both as succesful/unsuccesful with long balls as each other.

  • steve

    Dec 10, 2007 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #14

    How many people on this blog actually goto games!!!

    We DO play long balls, all teams do – our problem is the accuracy of them. In fact that’s also the problem with our short passing.

    We give the ball away far to often which is partly responsible for conceding so many goals, Sam really needs to sort this out.

    @ToonKing – I’ve been to most home and away games this season and we do play like Bolton only we can’t play as well as they played under Sam. I can’t see a problem with that in the short term as long as we develop a passing game I’ll happily put up with a high energy physical game.

  • Andreas

    Dec 10, 2007 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #15

    In my opinion we have played with a much better balance between long/short passes the last three games (and I am really glad this is the case). Prior to this we played (almost) only long and inaccurate.

    Long balls/passes isn’t the problem, they are indeed needed and part of every successful teams arsenal, but when a team soley punt the ball upfield then you got a problem.

    If we keep up a good mix of short/long passes and a high work rate, and most importantly, a game plan aiming for wins instead of avoiding defeats I think we’ll improve our league position.

    I have been very dissapointed over the last month of so when it comes to SA tactical decisions and also the selection. However, I do hope that the change (the last three games) in tactical approach and selection (playing ppl in correct positions) will last.

  • Micky Toon

    Dec 10, 2007 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #16

    I’m on full agreement with steve. Like I’ve said before, we are technically not good enough, yet. Look at the way Arsenal, Man Utd, Spurs and even Portsmouth play.
    To people complianing about MOTD. They only have time to show the highlights. If the long balls were are playing are our highlights then what does that say about the rest of our play?
    Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always thought Lawro was a tool, but it’s not just him who is commenting that we play like Bolton. Yesterday evening, Andy Gray also said that we play like Bolton. He even showed how we line up in exactly the same way as Bolton used to under Sam.
    Let’s face it, on current evidence BSA only knows one way to play, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to change soon. Don’t get me wrong I’m always 100% behind the team, and I was disgusted at the way some fair weather fans were calling BSA, but make no mistake I really don’t like the way we play our football these days.

  • John

    Dec 10, 2007 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #17

    Mark Lawerenson is a crap pundit and hes opinion means absolutely nothing to me.

    come on the Toon, lets put points on the board..who cares how we get them

  • Bill F

    Dec 10, 2007 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #18

    I only saw the highlights on MOTD and apart from the early play it looked to me that the Toon were being very constructive in their play. Especially after the substitutions.

  • Leo

    Dec 10, 2007 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #19

    i dispice Mark Lawrenson he has no place in that program

    fair enough shearer linker and the other one (im too tired to think of his name, scottish and has a cut across his face, does adverts for morrisons)

  • Toon Barmy

    Dec 10, 2007 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #20

    I am a season ticket holder and i think we play long ball tactics, to midgets!!. we had the same with glenda last season completely by passing our midfield lumping it up to martins and dyer, its real ugly football we end up giving the ball away cheaply every time as we dont have 6ft+ atheletes in our squad who put them selves about abit, martins or owen are never going to be winning balls in the air its not their game, im not being critical but has anyone seen us put a string of passes together this season, I really want big sam to get it right and wish him all the best of luck in the world as we all want to be a force again looking to european football hopefully champions league again and not at relegation points, weve had to many managers and to many changes over the past few seasons, but believe he is wrong in his team selections by playing players out of position. how does he know players arnt good enough for there suited positions until they are played there, its 442 every time for me with the zog and milner on there correct wings im sick of seeing them turning back on to their correct foot to pass the ball. i dont like lawro but i think he’s bang on this time. i also agree with sam when he says 52,000 could pick a better team. bet theyd go 442 but we are fans so know nothing.

  • Hadrian

    Dec 10, 2007 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #21

    feel kinda sorry for sam , not that his dodgy tactics ect havent warrented havent warrented getting on his case tho .
    but yeah , likes alot have said , this is big sam’s chance . he’s got all the funds he’s ever wanted here and a club wanting foundations laid .
    he has done well at bolton really , done great with transfers and motivating the seniors .
    let him have a big phat wedge of cash come january i think , then we’ll really start to see what he’s about .

  • scott 9

    Dec 10, 2007 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #22

    i agree with sam as soon as anyone one of our players plays a long ball where a long ball team every team plays a long ball atleast a couple of times in a game and as soon as wee do it once we get called along ball team just because allardyce did it at bolton but bs only played that way at bolton cause he had no money and had to do the best with what he got

  • Bill f

    Dec 10, 2007 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #23

    Leo have you noticed that he has two catterpilars stuck to the top of his face as well. You know what it like when you are in company and some one has a big spot or similar on their face and you can’t stop staring at it.

  • Bill f

    Dec 10, 2007 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #24

    The Scottish one.

  • Sandy McNair

    Dec 11, 2007 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #25

    Lawrence is crap.

    We do play to much long balls (as I have said all season), although it getting better each game.

    Simple ! Dont do it BSA.

  • rich

    Dec 11, 2007 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #26

    im not really bothered how we play, as long as we win games…

    id rather play shit and win games than play amazing and loose.

    does that make me a bad person?


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