Allardyce Under Attack From Newcastle’s Fed-Up Fans


Newcastle United’s 5,000-strong traveling fans turned on Sam Allardyce after their Boxing Day defeat against second-bottom placed Wigan Athletic this afternoon. This was one of Newcastle most insipid displays of the season.

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Sam Allardyce – under attack from Newcastle’s fed-up fans

Newcastle were beaten 1-0 by a stunning free-kick from Ryan Taylor. The Newcastle fans shouted “We’re s***, and we’re sick of it” as the the game ended in yet another poor result for Newcastle.

Sam Allardyce will be under increasing pressure following two terrible displays against the two worst teams in the league. Newcastle United could only manage a single point, and that was with an 87th minute equalizer on Sunday. It’s not good enough, that’s the simple fact.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley was at the game and would have heard the shouts of the Newcastle fans as he looked particularly worried towards the end of the game.

It’s hard to say this but Newcastle saved one of their worst away performances of the season against one of the worst side in the Premiership and were probably beaten on merit, that’s what’s so hard about this defeat. Newcastle had just one shot on target all afternoon.

Wigan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland was not tested at all by the Newcastle attack and it always looked like a set-piece would decide the outcome, against two sides lacking any invention at all.

That was Ryan Taylor, who placed a superb 64th minute free-kick that left Shay Given with no chance, and was enough to beat the lifeless Tyneside club, who went down to their 5th away defeat of the season.

We believe that Chairman Chris Mort will need to make some statement to the fans following this woeful performance. We expect something from the Chairman tomorrow. We need a much much improved performance against one of the top sides in the Premiership on Saturday, when we meet Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a 3:00 pm KO.

Comments very welcome – but please try to keep the language decent, after this very disappointing result today.

Teams: 

WIGAN ATHLETIC: Kirkland; Melchiot, Scharner, Bramble, Kilbane, Landzaat; Valencia, Brown, Taylor (Olembe, 75); Sibierski (Aghahowa, 71), Bent. Subs not used: Pollitt, Boyce, Skoko.

NEWCASTLE UNITED:
Given; Beye, Taylor, Faye, N’Zogbia; Milner, Geremi (Martins, 66), Smith, Emre, Duff (Enrique, 78); Viduka. Subs not used: Harper, Cacapa, Butt.

Goals: Taylor 64

Bookings: Brown 32, Valencia 57, Smith 80, Taylor 88

Referee: Mike Dean

Attendance: 20,304



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92 comments so far

  • deano

    Dec 26, 2007 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #1

    pish

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  • Steeley

    Dec 26, 2007 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Still any members of the “give Sam a few years to build the squad ” fanclub??

    No, thought not! And if you are still in that club then I think you have a take a good hard look at yourself!

    This was shocking. Shocking isnt the word for it. Abysmal. Disgusting. Sickening. All seem to be appropriate.It’s possibly a good thing we lost, as I would doubt very much that we will get anything from Chelsea. Perhaps therefore, Sam will be given the boot before he makes any more purchases in January.

    Needless to say, this result and perfomance today has confirmed with me that Sam isnt capable of managing NUFC. If he cant motivate the team to anything other a lucky point against the two worst teams in the Prem then he needs to go asap. He started the day by saying that he wont “go gung-ho like against Derby” – I genuinely think he may be going a bit mad. Firstly, because where on earth does he think that we went “Gung-ho” against Derby??? Secondly, if he’s too scared to go to the 2nd bottom club (who incidentally hadnt kept a clean sheet in 15 games!) and do anything other than attack then somethings up.

    At the end of the day, even if he had went there with a defensive plan, it failed, coz we conceded and then didnt score at the other end to even it up. Well done Fat Sam, your great tactical display has failed spectacularly….AGAIN!!

    Now get out of my football club before we end up doing a Leeds!!

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  • al gardiner

    Dec 26, 2007 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #3

    i have been fortunate enough to go to a few away games this year despite the prices being around the 40 quid mark each time plus drinking money takes it to around a ton. ive watched newcastle since aged 7 which makes my support lasting 27 years of which its mostly been depressive. i wont be going to Arsenal in January because why should i part with my money to go there and sing my heart out hoping that allardyce will actually listen and play martins, will actually play milner on the right wing and actually play nzogbia where he is most lethal. i’m sick of watching drivel on the pitch only to hear after the game that the team spirit is amazing and everything is coming together. we have just lost to wigan, a team that will surely go down this year with the mackems who we scraped a draw against and also derby who we got very lucky against. i’m sorry, yes managers need time but allardyce is out of his depth at newcastle, his tactics are shocking and his player choice unbelieveable. we have a lot of talent at st james park but no heart. come in allardyce your time is up

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  • Michael

    Dec 26, 2007 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Well, I had been in Big Sam’s side since our form dipped and hopped he would rectify things, Lamentably not, Derby, now Wigen. We are in a Relegation scrap this season if things do not change. Bolton the side Sam left last season look more lively, more inventive, precisely where we lack. We have good players so we can rule that out as a cause. That then leaves manager, do we have a good Manager? I disagree. Sam has shown that his tactics are questionable, He has good fitness regimes and dietary plans but that is it. Look at Bolton Last season, he could not get the best out of Anelka and now at Newcastle he is doing the same with Owen, who was in Fine form for England but not Newcastle, meaning Something is wrong Somewhere and that is at NEwcastle. We keep talking about giving it time and Rome was not built in a day but Look at Man city, Why has Sven not needed the kind of time as we are asking for Sam. Time is not going to wait for us to find form. The premiership goes on whether we are ready to play or not.

    Action is needed because as much as I advocated in his favor he has demonstrated time and time again he is not up for the Job.

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  • Edd Case

    Dec 26, 2007 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #5

    I was just this afternoon talking to a friend of mine, also a Toon fan, about this website and the fantastic night we all had on here on transfer deadline day.

    Right to about 0100 hours when we got confirmation of Faye and Beye signing, the excitement was tangible. Everyone, and I mean everyone, was really looking forward to the new season ahead and were really up for giving BS a chance with his new signings.

    5 months on and how different things are.

    For me, at least, Sam has had his chance with his signings and is failing, week in, week out.

    You can say what you like about managers being given years to sort a team out, but we all know that it just doesn’t happen like that these days, perhaps, rightly so.

    Quite what ‘brand’ of football Sam thinks he is trying to achieve is confusing, to say the least.

    Last week, quite unbelievably, Sam actually tried to defend himself and the teams performance against bottom of the league Derby, by boasting that the team was “still on an unbeaten run”.
    Well, we’re certainly not now Sam, and that run was nearly ended by the bottom team – but WAS ended today by the team SECOND from bottom.

    Christ knows what Chelsea will put past us…..we’ve beem mauled there before 5-0 recently.

    Sam is not the man for NUFC.
    He is tactically retarded and clearly is not getting the players playing for him.
    The players seem as confused as I am.

    I’ve looked at todays team and still can’t really be sure we finally played a 442 – I suspect not.

    What bothers me hugely though, is that if Sam did play a 442 – why the hell was Alan Smith starting ahead of Martins???

    Sam, you are the weakest link, goodbye.

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  • goalcentre.com

    Dec 26, 2007 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #6

    I guess you guys are pretty mad at him once again for playing players out of position. I wonder why he does that? He purposely finding for trouble?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 26, 2007 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #7

    hes wants a pay off.

    It was 4-3-3 and 4-5-1, but 4-5-1 mostly, against bloody wigan, ifwe had another manager he wouldnt play tht vs the world 11.

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  • bigblackclouds

    Dec 26, 2007 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Quite clearly big sham has to go, he has been found out. trouble is he thinks that he is that good, if he was chocolate he would eat himself. The only answer is mr shearer who is one of us knows what the fans want and would be given time

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  • thesilverbck

    Dec 26, 2007 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #9

    getting rid of sam lol u lot ain’t got clue wot ur chattin bout no loyalty here

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  • Edd Case

    Dec 26, 2007 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #10

    I ‘borrowed’ the below from TEAMtalk.

    Seems we’re not the only ones baffled by Sams ‘tactics’….

    “Allardyce’s line-up at first appeared an attacking one as Damien Duff was handed his first start since April after recovering from a broken foot,

    With Mark Viduka, Alan Smith and James Milner all starting, there was the threat of goals, in particular against another of the top-flight’s strugglers and worst defences.

    But Allardyce played Smith in a holding role in front of the back four, his fourth different position this season since his £6million summer move from Manchester United.

    Smith, who was also surprisingly handed the captain’s armband ahead of the returning Geremi, has previously played in attack, on the wing and in central midfield.

    It effectively left Viduka on his own up front and the Australian, who grabbed both of Newcastle’s goals against the Rams, found no space against the Latics rearguard”.

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  • Edd Case

    Dec 26, 2007 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #11

    thesilverbck – you aint got a clue full stop.

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  • David Dutch

    Dec 26, 2007 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #12

    My God I am in hiding; I live just outside Wigan unable to get a ticket I listened to Radio Newcastle on the Internet as usual. I have never heard John Anderson being so scathing about Newcastle in a long time, I think his words “I thought the bad displays against Fulham and Derby meant we could not get any worse, well we just have”. Good players do not become bad players overnight, we have some good players in the side so it has to come down to tactics.

    Big Sam is supposed to be the architect who analyzes the defensive frailties of the opposition and then carefully prepares a team to expose those frailties – I have seen no evidence of this this season to date. I travel to home games (well it is only a 400 mile round trip) and have been fed a diet of ineptitude and no imaginative play. It is not more players we need it is a tactician who can get the best out of the squad he has and an ability to consult with his training staff and players to play to their strengths instead of trying to fit round pegs into square holes just to show he is the boss, we have been here before. How he can play Geremi and keep Butt on the bench I do not know, Geremi is a headless chicken who only gets into the starting line up because he was bought by SAM. I wanted so much to give him time to settle in and develop the team but we are going down hill so fast I am sorry he must change or go. He is playing players out of position and rotating for the sake of it. Players no matter how good they are have to play in position and get runs in a settled side so they learn each others playing strengths in competition not just in training. Today it would appear that we were absolutely hopeless without any ideas. Kirkland had one shot to save and at the other end Shay appeared to have one of his most nervous games between the sticks since he arrived at the Toon, could it be that he cannot understand a word that the so called defence says to him or each other apart from Taylor and he had a nightmare according to radio Newcastle. Baye is the only class act, and why does he not play Enrique who is a proven left back freeing Charlie to play forward. I have not bought the Martins ticket yet, although to give him some sort of excuse he has played out of position, -SAM he is not a right winger have you not noticed that, we have a great player in Milner he loves the right wing perhaps that is why SAM refuses to let him play there.

    I look forward to reading reasonable comments not slagging everything off with foul mouthed words. But something has got to happen sooner rather than later we have got out of jail so many times this season against inferior opposition what happens when we meet the top four I shudder to contemplate where we will be come May, we cannot even say there are worse teams than us in the league when we only get 1 point out of playing the two worst team in the division.

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  • GraemeR

    Dec 26, 2007 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #13

    Simply not up to the job. Two very poor showings against teams that we should be looking to roll over no matter who is in the team. I pesonally like SA scienific approach to fitness training but the rest is woefully inadequate. Tactically inept and constantly playing players out of position or even changing the positions during the game (fine if there is a noticeable improvement). Unfortunatley I cant see Mike Ashley coughing up too much cash in January – especially as the England team have robbed him of much needed revenue – as SA cant motivate the current crop.

    All in all a promising season has gone belly up – I thought SA may of been the real deal but performances like todays make me think otherwise. TAXI FOR ALLARDYCE

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  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Dec 26, 2007 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #14

    I certainly dont wanna watch Saturday’s match against Cheksli scum….

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  • Tooner

    Dec 26, 2007 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #15

    James Milner is a right winger, Charles N’Zogbia is a left winger, and Alan Smith is a forward.

    Stop the madness, Sam. You want your payoff? Just put Cacapa and Beye as forwards, as they both had great headed goals. In defense you can pair Emre and Martins. For the fullbacks, Ameobi and Carr can come in, with Carr of course playing LB.

    Since Ramage is out until April, I suppose we will have to make do with Nicky Butt in goal.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 26, 2007 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Lads, whats its gonna be:

    Allarshite
    Allarshize
    Allatard

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  • Nick Dryden

    Dec 26, 2007 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #17

    Ed I have a confession. For the last few matches I have been indifferent as to whether we lost or not. If losing matches hastens the departure of Allardyce, then by whatever means is a price worth paying. Short term pain for a better future is all I’m hanging my hat on now. The shameless self promotion Allardyce heaps on himself, based on an absolutely nothing CV compared to the likes of Capello and Sven is laughable, yet he is the 3rd highest paid manager in the premiership ( nice one Fred!) Sam’s oft quoted statisitics are the last refuge of a desperate man. Well here’s a statistic, 1 shot on goal at a team in the bottom 3 furnished with our old favourite Titus!
    Surely we can entice someone better, even if Mc Laren cost Mike Ashley £74M in shirt sales by not qualifying for Euro 2008. Look what Ramos has done for Spurs who were in 18th place. Lets have some ambition ( an alien concept to Sam.)
    Surely we could get sone of the following:

    Shearer (+ KK, Beardo)
    Bilic
    Houllier
    Van Gall
    Klinsman
    Hitzfeld
    Scholari
    Jol
    Hiddinck

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  • Ashton

    Dec 26, 2007 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #18

    Sack sack sack sack sack sack sack sack fat sam

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  • ToonUSA

    Dec 26, 2007 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #19

    Marcello Lippi anyone he is still out there and looking for a job isn’t he???

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  • Ben

    Dec 26, 2007 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #20

    We are the worst team in the PL as we play the worst football. And that has been the case for quite some time. Why pay descent money for zero entertainment? I don’t like booing, instead don’t go to the games. That will show the owners what we think and hurt them were it hurts them most – in the wallet.

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  • Greg B

    Dec 26, 2007 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #21

    I find it very, very difficult to offer any excuses, any reasoning or any sort of support for Allardyce after yet another woeful display, however I do not believe sacking him is the answer, not just yet.
    First and foremost, as against Liverpool, Portsmouth and Derby to name just 3 recent games, Allardyce got his tactics all wrong yet again.
    Considering this bloke works all week on the training pitch, watches countless videos of the opposition, has stats, medical reports, fitness regimes and the like coming out of his ample backside and is supposed to be such a magnificent tactician (see his work at Bolton blah blah blah!) how can he get it so wrong time after time after time?
    A decent left back on the bench (who he forked out 6mil+ for), a talented attacking midfielder who loves to run at the defence stuck at left back, a natural right winger on the left and our best available striker on the bench – it isnt rocket science.
    I think Allardyce will get it right given the time and maybe a couple of new players in January but he is doing himself no favours at the moment – any ‘football fan’ can see we have some very talented players at Newcastle, Given, Taylor, Barton, N’Zogbia, Milner, Martins to name a few so why is Allardyce not getting consistant performances from them?
    You only have to look at teams like Portsmouth and Everton, I personally think we have a better squad than both these teams, so why arent we performing like Redknapp and Moyes have got their teams performing?
    I would guess the reason is because Redknapp and Moyes have been given time to get their squads together and work with their players on the training pitch . This is why I do believe that Allardyce should be given at least the rest of the season.
    Another point….. who would we get to replace him? and who the hell would want the job after some of the crap the ‘fans’ have been spouting over the last month or so?
    We are all entitled to our opinions, but as fans we should get behind our team through thick and thin (lets face it, we have had alot of practise at the thin bit!).
    Opposition fans are having a good laugh, not just at the teams performance on the pitch but also the way some of out ‘fans’ turn their backs on the manager and the team in such a public way – “We’re s***, and we’re sick of it” is that the team or the fans? You decide.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 26, 2007 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #22

    g

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  • Rob Kirton

    Dec 26, 2007 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #23

    David Dutch : In general I can only agree with your comments. There is really little you have said that anybody can argue against

    RE: Players

    Martins: He is not the most skilled footballer in terms of control / technical ability – he is however our top scorer and deserves a regular run out. He just has “a nose for goals”

    Milner: I don’t actually rate him as highly as many because of his inability to consistently put the ball in the mix; however he is far and away the best option we have on the RIGHT.

    The work ethic of these two can never be doubted.

    As a general point it is so sad to see so many players who either seem de-motivated or unable to understand what they are supposed to be doing; and there is only cause I can see for such a situation.

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  • Andreas

    Dec 26, 2007 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Well, say no more.

    Will be fun to read the die hard SA supporters comments when they “ride in defence of SA”.

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  • Andreas

    Dec 26, 2007 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #25

    I have said many times before that I THOUGHT SA was a good enough manager to change HIS tactics based on the players at his disposal (and to some extent the type of club he’s managing), but sadly he has proved he doesn’t have that ability (or else he’s just to stubborn to change).

    One other thing which I don’t think I have read on this blog. It seems quite clear that SA indeed is good at sorting a clubs back room staff, creating a good infrastructure (scouting network etc.) and to quite some extent good at buying/selling players.

    However, in my opinion he has proved he’s a crap manager. Hence, a possible solution might be to “kick” SA up a notch and have hime oversee things at a higher level (NOTE: not tactics, selections and similar) and bring in someone responsible for the managing/football side (ofc this won’t happen but still and interesting thought in my opinion since SA undoubtely have some good qualities, albeit not as a top-level manager it seems).

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  • Alex

    Dec 26, 2007 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #26

    Its a sad fact ,We are playing the most inept ,boring defensive football in the premership.On paper we have a squad that should be top 6, the reality is we have a manager that is turning us into true relagation material.He needs to be sacked tomorrow ,he is obsessed with 433 defensive football ,still does not know his best 11 and still does not realise that his squad can not play his style of football.

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  • Obafan

    Dec 26, 2007 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #27

    thesilverbck – Do you really mean what you are writing as a comment. I think that it is okay to say that if you are new a t a club that you need time to build something. But one thing that is so important is seeing an improovement, perhaps not afeter a week but surely after 5 months. And what do we see?

    Not an improovement, on the contrary our team lokks every time when they go out on the pitch worse and worse. We didn’t manage to create one chance against Wigan!! Come on, what else do you need as a proove to say that SA is not the man we need at NUFC.

    Go for;
    Lippi or Jol (maybe Pellegrini but I don’t know him that good). Jose is too much asked for.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 26, 2007 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #28

    looks like fulham are gonna get relegated, buy clint dempsey quick the guy is pretty class, would be a good player for us, back up most probably.

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  • GraemeR

    Dec 26, 2007 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #29

    Greg B are you Barton in disguise?? 😉

    The fact the fans ‘turn on’ the team and manager is that they feel thay are being ripped off. They invest time, money, effort and to some their lives to the team and in return they simply ask for commitment and effort.

    We all know that that is not happening and the only way to make an impact is to turn on the team. The mere fact that they are at the match allows them (and entitles them in my book) to booh them off the park. If that is the catalyst for change then so be it. The fact that the chants are being talked about here (and reported im the press) means that the fans may at last have an ear (oh and MA was in hte away end – no doubt leading the chants sic)

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  • Toon Barmy

    Dec 26, 2007 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #30

    Even the hardcore away support has now lost the faith.he is diberately trying to p@ss the fans & players off for payday , i know the majority of nufc fans would be behind him if we played to our strenghs and positively ie give teams no respect and get in to em (stopped fulham playing). this just isnt right we have to much quality. Quotes from sheilds gazzette: NEWCASTLE United’s 5,000-strong travelling fans turned on Sam Allardyce and his side after their Boxing Day clash with Wigan Athletic ended in defeat.

    United’s four-game unbeaten run was brought to an abrupt end by a stunning Ryan Jarvis free-kick at the JJB Stadium.

    And the away end chanted “We’re s***, and we’re sick of it” as the clock ticked down on another disappointing Premier League defeat.

    Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, who was among the club’s success-starved fans, would have been given plenty of food for thought.

    Allardyce’s side saved one of their worst away performances for the fixture against the relegation-threatened side, who had been second-from-bottom of the league at kick off.

    And in the end United were well beaten, registering just one genuine shot on target.

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  • Obafan

    Dec 26, 2007 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #31

    I think nothing is going to happen tomorrow, although I would prefer so. I hope I’m wrong but, … I think SA will be given more time.

    Another thing which annoys me often is other managers (Bruse, Erikkson, …) who say that SA needs time at NUFC. To all the managers keep your heads with your teams and leave ours alone pls. We are strong enough to decide what is the best for our team (I mean our board) 😉

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  • ToonNorway

    Dec 26, 2007 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #32

    For God’s sake!
    Yes, today’s performance was abysmal, degenerate crap! But does anyone remember the exact same outcome last year? We have never scored away at Wigan in the PL, and I did not have high hopes before this game. my hart was wanting a win, but my head said draw, at best!

    Of course, the team we had this time around is much better than the one we had last year, but for f*** sake, we all know we are dreadful away from home, we have been for ever, even in the Robson days..

    I’m not trying to make up excuses for a dreadful game, yet again, but please, don’t try to pin it all on Sam. I think the formation today was ok, based on the players we have available! I would like to see Enrique on left back, and Zoggy up as a winger. But the players we had out there should really be able to do better than what was shown today!

    To very bad games on a row, and Chelski away next doesn’t sound good! But lets cheer on the team from our sofas, pubs, or wherever, like we always do. We can’t really believe that Sam could turn it all around in half a year? And if you do/did, I would say: WAKE UP!!! It’s Newcastle we’re talking about, we have been middle-class for years!!!

    The only thing I want, is that the players show the same commitment in every game like against Arsenal, and B.ham…!!

    Don’t pin it all at Sam….even though I can be quite critical of him at times, at least I know that he needs time! And since we don’t have the same shit-board as the latter years, maybe he will be given that time! Rome was not built in a day:)

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  • milner fan

    Dec 26, 2007 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #33

    Keep BSA give him time, ye were strugling against low class teams, but thats the players, SA can only put them on the pitch, then its up to them to do what they are paid for. Look at cacapa he was taken off against Pompey for playing shocking. Give him time, or we will be in the same position next season calling for the new managers head.

    Have faith!!!!

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  • Eve

    Dec 26, 2007 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #34

    This is ridiculous we can blame the players, we can blame the ref, we can blame whoever the hell comes to mind first, but when it comes down to it it’s the managers fault.
    We’ve a good enough set of players here and under the right manager we could do something. But no instead we’re the laughing stock of the premiership.
    PLayers aren’t preforming under him. And can you blame them like, he isn’t the most confidence inspiring person you’ll ever meet. He changes his starting 11 nearly every bloody week. I don’t think that the players are confident or comfortable playing under him. There is know way that ALL the top players we have are off form at the same time. IMO it’s the environment they’re playing in and the atmosphere in the camp it’s obviously affecting the players.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 26, 2007 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #35

    the fact is: players want to play and will follow the managers instructions not to get dropped, therefore its the managers fault.

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  • billy

    Dec 26, 2007 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #36

    before a ball is kicked the players have nothing but negative thoughts in there heads because all sam talks about is stopping the opposition home and away the man is obsessed with trying for a clean sheet . he thinks hes really clever but seems to know more about opponents strengths than our own!

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  • JW

    Dec 26, 2007 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #37

    Today’s performance was NOT Sam Allardyce’s fault, no way in a million years. Absolutely, Newcastle were abysmal against Wigan, but it was the PLAYERS who were at fault NOT Allardyce. Does anyone out there honestly think that Allardyce told ANY of the players to go out there and play as badly as that?!

    I totally agree with criticizing anyone who deserves it, I’m not a blind Newcastle supporter. If Allardyce does something wrong then, fine, he’ll deserve to be criticized. But you can’t blame him for Abduolaye Faye punting aimless hit and hope balls upfield all game. You can’t blame him for the ineptitude of our midfield either, they couldn’t string two passes together or even keep possession. No one can sit there and tell me that Allardyce sat down and told our players to play like that. You also can’t tell me that it’s Allardyce’s coaching techniques or his motivational ability that’s at fault either because they worked just fine when he was at Bolton.

    Displays like today are the fault of the PLAYERS no question at all in my mind. Today’s performance is merely symptomatic of the pit Newcastle United Football Club is in. The dearth of talent and real quality in the squad is there for all to see, not just in today’s game but for many seasons. When Mike Ashley took over in the summer, Allardyce was given little money, had little time and lacked much of the things needed to attract top players ie recent success or european football. In my opinion there is absolutely no way he can be blamed for the state our squad is in. Even if the players Allardyce bought in the summer haven’t added to the squad, I don’t think he can be blamed. Allardyce HAD to buy players in the summer even if they weren’t really good enough he had to buy them anyway. He had no choice because he couldn’t afford or attract better players to a mid-table club that had no European football.

    Blaming Allardyce would be the easy thing to do, but it would also be completely the wrong thing to do in my opinion. We fan’s MUST wake up and realize that we’re supporting a mid-table club with an awful squad and close to no youth development program. I’ve no problem whatsoever with blaming or even sacking Allardyce if he deserved it or it would make things better. But, in my opinion, he doesn’t and it wouldn’t. It’s going to take years to get this Football Club back up amongst the big boys. Allardyce has realized it, I think Chris Mort and Mike Ashley realize it. It’s about time some fans realized it too.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 26, 2007 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #38

    JW ylour a minority so shut your mouth, we should never have hired a dumb english manager, he controls the team, its his fault end of.

    Read my las comments the one before billy’s.

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  • true

    Dec 26, 2007 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #39

    good by Sam thanks for nothing except a glimmer of hope that you have FAILED to fullfill.

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  • JJ

    Dec 26, 2007 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #40

    It all started to go wrong when BSA said he would only communicate in English -I guess a bit of English footlball talk (Clichés) and an abundnce of slang will be thrown in there as well.

    I would like to know what they (the team) make of Sams strategy talks…

    On paper I’m happy with the team so why don’t they play to their ability

    A very unhappy toon faithful.

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