Sam Must Change Things at Newcastle United


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We are still trying to recover from another woeful display from Sam’s Newcastle side today – but we wanted to put down some initial reflections about the game today. We’ll have to wait until we get a good night’s sleep tonight and recover from this game, before we reflect further on what was as depressing a display from Newcastle United today, than we have seen in many a day.

  • Sam just has to start playing more attractive and attacking football. If he doesn’t then he shouldn’t expect the fans’ support for this tripe that is being served up as football. It just passes the bar when we win, like last week at Fulham, but when we cannot even beat the worst side in the league at home – it’s just not good enough by a long long way.
  • We must play an attacking 4-4-2 formation against 2nd bottom of the league Wigan Town on Boxing Day.  PLEASE let’s have Milner on the right wing and N’Zogbia on the left wing.
  • Smith should be played as a striker or central midfield player or else he should be a sub, but not on the wing.
  • Don’t play Martins way out on the right wing ever again – he’s too far from the goal and his potency is completely lost.
  • Play Cacapa and Taylor as central defenders. Rozehnal was again a little dodgy for their second goal today. Give David a rest on Wednesday, he deserves a break and will be all the better for it.
  • The only way we can have a good recovery from today’s nightmare (and we use our words advisedly), is if we win at Wigan and attack them from the very first whistle.  Another Fulham type performance will see a lot of Newcastle fans turned off even more.

Sam will not last very long if he serves up this kind of football, because it’s just not good enough. We remember the beautiful flowing football Sir Bobby Robson played and the wonderful exciting fare served up by Kevin Keegan. This may be good enough at Bolton but it’s just not good enough on Tyneside – especially because of the much classier players we have at Newcastle that were never available at Bolton.

Let us know what’s on your minds. Please try to keep the comments fairly respectable – well as much as you can in the circumstances – many thanks.



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92 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 23, 2007 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed – You got the title wrong.

    it should be: Newcastle must change Sam

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  • iain

    Dec 23, 2007 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #2

    i dont think most nufc fans even expect us to be playing like we did under keegan or robson.

    but the one thing we do expect is when its not working our managert is big enough to admit hes wrong and go back to basics. like playing football for a start.

    not stick with his favorite players regardless of form or play a system that you can clearly see confuses the players and frustrates them.

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 23, 2007 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #3

    lol @ tom

    i say give him until the end of the season, he might turn out to be a great appointment.
    Although sam messed with the formation and stuff, the parts of the formation he tampers with weren’t the worst part of todays performace. Our unchanged defence and central midfield were the biggest disappointment today. Barton was the worst on the pitch for me today, AWFUL

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  • iain

    Dec 23, 2007 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #4

    dragoner, our wide players were too far up the pictch its like we had 4 cf at times with 2 cm chasing shadows and 2 fb woefully exposed.

    even martins at full tilt couldnt get back to help out he was so far forward after being sold short by a cm outnumbered and udner pressure with no one near him to pass too.

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  • Hadrian

    Dec 23, 2007 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #5

    if sam wants to play his kind of football , he’s got to get results or it just wont stand . even with the results i dont want to watch bolton week in week out .
    i miss keegan 🙁

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  • billy

    Dec 23, 2007 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #6

    i dont think sam will change anything .he thinks this is the best start to a season we have had even though we are lucky to have as many points as we have . i cant believe how shit he has been for us so far.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 23, 2007 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #7

    it was never our best start, look at the teams we played.

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  • billy

    Dec 23, 2007 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #8

    tell thicko sam that. he has no chance of gettig a penny to spend in jan . he would by a striker and play him left back.

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  • Tripp

    Dec 23, 2007 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #9

    It reeks of fear of losing, which is basically what happened yesterday. Playing the same thing over and over because we havn’t lost a game with it. 4-4-2 worked so well for us at home earlier in the season, against far, far better teams. He should have played it today. Very, very disappointed with the result. It’s just terrible.

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  • lezb

    Dec 23, 2007 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Sam for me is a 1 trick pony he reminds me of the kids Fable “The kings new clothes”I belive that he thinks if he keeps repeating the same mistakes week in week out if we dont see improvments then the fault lays with us.He honestly belives that 50000 + are wrong and he is right.So much for the yes men muppets around him for failing to bring him into the real world.He won,t change for the simple reason he dosn,t know any other way.One trick pony!

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  • ende

    Dec 23, 2007 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #11

    what’s wrong with Newcastle is the expectation, entitlement, and hubris of its fans.

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  • Toon Barmy

    Dec 23, 2007 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #12

    SIMPLY NOT GOOD ENOUGH, Derby for f@cksake! prem whipping boys at home taken 4pts from us, this is getting worse and the football aint getting any better, i wanted sam to do well but i think he’s now losing the fans fast, was as if the players were instructed not to shoot or to have as many touches in a shooting position as possible, sams right tho 50,000 fans could pick a better team, thats why he should no longer be our manager, Oba right wing! square pegs in round holes and all that stuff, i genuinly belive he wants his golden handshake as he seems to be the only one that thinks these tactics are working!!!. stopped fulham playing?? who the f@ck are fulham its a joke he only knows the bolton way. aint good enough for us big fella.

    Keep up the great work ED, all the best!
    i didnt need time to reflect watched it live =Bad

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  • billy

    Dec 23, 2007 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #13

    whats hubris . cant be arsed to look it up

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  • Singa_toon

    Dec 23, 2007 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #14

    shove a stick in it ende

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  • Ben

    Dec 23, 2007 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #15

    Im fed up of so called toon fans comapring us to bolton, how u can constantly put us on the same level as bolton is a joke, fair enough our football isnt great at the moment but we are going through a transitional phase which takes time,and as per usual were all gettign ahead of ourselves claiming we should be in the top 4!Maybe in a year or two once we have settled as a team and sam has had time to build a strong foundation,as he did at bolton, we will see the rewards!

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  • john

    Dec 23, 2007 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #16

    Why on earth do we have Sam “at the helm” when (Sir) Alan Shearer sits on a sofa as a pundit?
    It’s CRAZY! Shearer has a passion for football and Newcastle United.
    Sam out, Shearer in. It’s a no-brainer, before we become a laughing stock.

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  • billy

    Dec 23, 2007 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #17

    ende i take it you mean we think the world revolves around us . piss off . nothing wrong with wanting or expecting nore than we are getting . im with john would love inexperienced geordie shearer instead of ego big sam.

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  • Toon Barmy

    Dec 23, 2007 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #18

    ende your right the fans expect to much: like players to be in their correct positions and when they get to the game their not is that our fault? where is our record signing this term enrique? our most attacking player the zog – defender? our fault? top scorer right wing? want me to go on

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  • lezb

    Dec 23, 2007 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #19

    We might get criticised for not beating Derby – we should be beating them – but we did everything within our power to beat them. It’s our fault we didn’t win.”Sams latest words of wisdom .Not the fact that team,positions,tactics were all down to him.Seems its always that big lads fault that ran away Never Never Big Sams fault

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 23, 2007 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #20

    Hopefully Mike Ashley is on the blower to Jose as we speak

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  • lezb

    Dec 23, 2007 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #21

    John hat do you mean BEFORE we become a laughing stock??

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  • Nick Dryden

    Dec 23, 2007 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #22

    It sickens me all the people who say we are fickle. Good managers who played good football , eg KK & SBR were given time ( 5 years each.) Stability is good if you have the right man in charge. Allardyce is the third in a row of shockingly mediocre appointments by Shepherd. You could give Allardyce £100m and he’d still tell the best players in the world to hoof it. Allardyce is the 3rd highest paid manager in the premiership because Shepherd was an ignorant xenophobic oaf who has raped our club over and over. If we keep Allardyce, we are never going to crack the top 4 or win anything. Just check the guy’s cv! Which of the top 4 would ever have appointed Sounness, Roeder and Allardyce ahead of a Ramos, Bilic, Mancini, Hiddinck etc, let alone let them waste £50m on the likes of Boumsong etc. Allardyce offers nothing long term either in terms of achievement or providing a spectacle worth watching. Negative, long ball thuggish football with the likes of Barton and Smith and everyone out of place. I for one am falling out of love with the second most important thing on my life.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 23, 2007 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #23

    What a muppet. He blames the defence and attack but he doesnt ever blame the midfield and imo that has been the worst aspect of our game this season, argubly the defence has but would it have if the midfield werent giving the ball away all the time and just generally performing crap?!?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 23, 2007 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Nick Dryden – Exactly and Bilic wants to manage in the UK, hes says not before euro 2008 but we all know he’d take our job, Jurgen Klinsmann as much as people say its unrealistic, it is very realistic.

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  • Lazy

    Dec 23, 2007 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #25

    I completely agree with this article.

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  • toonoholic

    Dec 23, 2007 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #26

    blame the players.
    rozhenal was aweful as he gifted the second goal.

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  • Nick Dryden

    Dec 23, 2007 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Tom Toon would love either of Bilic or Klinsman

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 23, 2007 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #28

    Bilic
    Klinsmann
    Houllier
    Irrureta

    Take your pick.

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  • billy

    Dec 23, 2007 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #29

    tom and nick would you not like to give shearer a crack or do you think we have made too many errors to risk him ?

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  • Toon Barmy

    Dec 23, 2007 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #30

    Nick Dryden your right no other top team would give our last 2 & big sam a job.
    #Im sick of these horror shows
    1. The Roader *
    2. Pure Sourness *
    3. Big Saladface the shepherd finale *

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 23, 2007 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #31

    Nh shearer is such a legend i dont want to chance it and him to do bdly, id rather he worked his way up.

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  • billy

    Dec 23, 2007 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #32

    id hate to see him do a good job at another club while we struggle to get point against teams like derby though.

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  • Nick Dryden

    Dec 23, 2007 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #33

    Billy
    I certainly think Shearer could do a job and bring the feel good factor, but quite honestly my 75 year old auntie would get a team playing with more flair and creativity than Allardyce. I just like the idea of a top foreign coach who could take us technically on to a higher level. Fat Sam may have got the off field stuff right but what’s the use of all that if your team can’t pass the ball 5 yards accurately! Allardyce is / was Shepherd’s final kick in the teeth!

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  • billy

    Dec 23, 2007 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #34

    agree it would be great to have a technically clued up manager in place who would be in the job for 5 years and take us to where we were under keegan and robson. seems a million miles away now though.

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  • Alex

    Dec 23, 2007 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #35

    Its time Ashely booted Sam out .Shearer should now be brought in with sir bobby in the background to advise him when needed.Sam seems clueless ,Why the hell does he keep playing players out of position?

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  • billy

    Dec 23, 2007 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #36

    cant have sir bobby he doesnt deserve the mental torture he needs to concentrate on his health now hes done his newcastle time .

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 23, 2007 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #37

    whats with bbc i tried to edit my article and its says it closes at 11 buts t 8

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  • steve

    Dec 23, 2007 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #38

    ende – wtf you on – we surely have the right to expect to beat derby at home. This was another woeful display as bad as fulham, so you expect us to be happy to shell out hard earned cash for this!
    are you fvcking stupid.
    We’re going from bad to worse and could at anytime be thrashed – unfortunately the only way we can improve is to say goodbye to Sam

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 23, 2007 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #39

    id like Holliuer,Klinsmann, Ranieri, or maybe try snatching Redknapp or Coppell?

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  • micepie

    Dec 23, 2007 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #40

    I think I understand what Sam is trying to do, in a way. We’ve been too susceptible to giving away goals in the past and were that way even under Bobby Robson. BUT he’s not hitting a happy medium at all. It’s not solidity with some attacking flare at the Toon since BSA’s appointment. It’s barely better than the staleness of our worst eras. We’re not especially solid and not entertaining or attacking with flare either.
    We are 9th, in Sam’s fitst half-season in charge so we should have patience, I suppose, but – yes – we need to change tactics and take things up a gear or two, at least!

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