Pressure Still On For Big Sam

Sam Allardyce talked to the Evening Chronicle just before the Newcastle squad got on their plane to London this afternoon and Sam’s aware the pressure is still on.


Sam Allardyce – understands the pressure is still on him and the team

Sam is still aware the pressure is on for the team to start picking up points. Our next three games are all winnable ones at Fulham tomorrow, Derby County at home the following Sunday and then Wigan Athletic away on Boxing Day. Indeed if we can get all 3 points from those three games we’ll be a a good position in the league.

Sam talked to the Evening Chronicle this afternoon:

“We are happy enough at the way we have played in our last three games and we are hoping we have turned the corner with a fair performance at Blackburn and four points from Arsenal and Birmingham City.”

“But the pressure is still on at Fulham tomorrow. We know we have to put an unbeaten run together like Everton have”

“They did not have the best of starts and yet I think they are now unbeaten in 11 matches and this is something we are looking to do.”

Big Sam was boosted by the news that Nicky Butt has recovered from the groin trouble which forced him off against Birmingham City last Saturday.

The Newcastle manager added:

“Nicky is OK.” “He went off against Birmingham because his groin was a bit tight, which was the result of playing a couple of games against Arsenal and Birmingham in the space of four days.”

“But as far as our other injured players are concerned, Claudio Cacapa is the only one who is getting back for tomorrow’s squad, with Michael Owen, Damien Duff, Stephen Carr and Abdoulaye Faye still not ready.”

We’re a little surprised that Abdoulaye Faye is still out injured. He’s a good defender and dominant in the air, and our defense seems a lot stronger with him in it. Let’s hope Faye and a few others currently injured will be ready to play against Derby County next Sunday. We owe Derby something after they beat us 1-0 at Pride Park in that terrible performance of ours. We owe them a hammering.

But first things first, and let’s hope the lads can play well at Craven Cottage tomorrow, because that’s the next thing on the agenda.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Tripp

    Dec 14, 2007 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Will the pressure ever be off? He’s right, though. We need a win a Craven Cottage, I think we’ll all be sorely disappointed with anything less. Howay the lads.

  • Leo

    Dec 14, 2007 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #2

    nah the pressure will never be off, but everyone works better under pressure.

  • iain

    Dec 14, 2007 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #3

    still think sam will be judged be ashley at the end of the season.

    ive always belived that and nothing has changed that few for me.

    the commenst about no big spending in january points to that.

    i think mike is right to be wary becuase if we spend poorly this time with the wrong guy like we did with souness we will get left so far behind the like of villa and everton never mind man utd and arsenal that the chances are it will take 5 years to crack the top 6 again never mind the cl.

  • iain

    Dec 14, 2007 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #4

    so many typos there. doh.





  • Tripp

    Dec 14, 2007 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #5

    I think SA needs to be given a good run. 11 managers in the Prem era is the root of NUFC’s problems. The club needs stability as much as quality players.

  • Cyprus Mag

    Dec 14, 2007 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Indeed if we can get all 3 points from those three games we’ll be a a good position in the league.
    Without wanting to nitpick, if we do what you say and the teams above us get say 5 points from 3 games, not unreasonable for top half teams, we move one place-above West Ham.

  • Nobby's dad

    Dec 14, 2007 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #7


    Ashley not providing much money in January has nothing to do with his faith or lack of it in Sam. He’s used the potential pot of 30 million to plug the debt and like everyone else he will be aware that January purchases are usually turkey’s

  • Tripp

    Dec 14, 2007 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #8

    Mr Solano, good point. The tight purse strings are the result of the FFS era of reckless spending and pilfering.

  • Bill f

    Dec 14, 2007 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #9

    Nobby’s Dad and Tripp, It depends on who is doing the buying. It hasn’t worked to good for us but Flash Harry and Sam are both a bit more cute and are more likely to pick up decent players at a bargain price. Harry managed to save Pompey through his January deals.

    There will be a fair bit of movement in the market and I would think any deals are already set up and waiting to go.

    I wouldn’t expect any really big buys at the Toon but don’t be too surprised if there are.

  • nufc

    Dec 14, 2007 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #10

    sam alladyce couldnt manage a zoo never mind a football team come on look at bolton

  • steve

    Dec 14, 2007 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #11

    we should pick up a win tomorrow but I remember thinking the same last year and went to craven cottage full of hope, obviously we then played like a bunch of tarts and they beat us 2-1

    Can’t see any big names coming in Jan although I expect Sam to sort out cover for our missing african friends.

    Prediction – 0-3

  • Brisbane Mag

    Dec 14, 2007 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #12

    The pressure on a Newcastle United manager will always be there, so he best get used to it.

    If BSAs not given money in January, don’t expect miracles as we need to buy the best to compete with the best. He’s spent next to nothing compared to other PL sides, so hope he’s given more cash to improve the side…….


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