Sam Agrees With Fans And Blames Players

Sam Allardyce sympathized with the fans after yesterday’s terrible performance against second bottom Wigan Athletic. He put full responsibility for the defeat on the players.


Sam Allardyce – now look at the trouble you’ve got me in Ollie

Allardyce believes they had every right to turn on their team and agreed with their assessment.

“I don’t blame the fans,” “If I was them I would be singing what they were singing because it was not good enough.”

“I am a top man in my field and I know it was not good enough.” It does not take much for them to know. They have been watching long enough to know it is not good enough. They are not daft.”

Several of the players had below par games yesterday and for those fans who didn’t see the game – think of the Fulham game – but we lost. Sam talked about the fact he has a small squad of players to choose from once January comes along with the African nations Cup. But it’s interesting what’s Sam’s reaction is because when he first signed on as manager we remember him saying it was very important at Newcastle top keep the fans behind him. He said once that when you lose the fans you are in big trouble. He’s now in trouble, that’s for sure.

Sam continued:

“We can’t get anyone out because we have four players leaving for the African Nations Cup,” “We only have 15 players to select from.” “We don’t ride with a big squad and we’re not riding with the performances we were riding with at the start of the season.” “We have got to make sure we turn it around as quickly as possible this time.”

“We needed to try and win it if we could but then make sure we didn’t lose it, but we’ve tossed it away and we have put ourselves under extreme pressure again.” “These are the players I have got. Some I have bought, some I have not. Most of them have showed me what they can do with the good side of it but too many are showing me what they can do on the bad side of it.”

“The level of form they drop to is unacceptable. Everyone can have an off day but ours are really off and that is our problem at the moment. We hit a level of performance which is very good but the consistency does not stay. The next performance seems to be between 20 and 30 per cent below their best.” “This cannot happen in the Premier League because there are no easy games.”

He’s right to say the players had poor performances yesterday, and Sam’s also right to say this needs to be turned around quickly. But our next game is at Chelsea in London on Saturday afternoon, and that will hardly be easy. But that’s the only thing left for this team to do, and hopefully they will be learning quickly that you need to play in every Premiership game, and none of these games are easy, as in other European Leagues.

With this level of performance of the team right now we wonder aloud if Chris Mort will sanction any new players coming to the club in January, especially those with no Premiership experience. It’s four months after most of those players came into the club last August, and most are still coming to grips with the Premier league.

What do you think?

Comments and opinions are always very welcome.

47 comments so far

  • Rob Kirton

    Dec 27, 2007 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Sam you don’t agree with the fans. We aren’t blaming the players.

    Time for a seasonal game of Cluedo.

    Mike Ashley in the boardroom with the boot

  • clinta

    Dec 27, 2007 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #2

    sam your wrong!, the players are under performing but your job is to get the best out of them- your suppose to be good at that i keep hearing? BSA is also in control of the formation and the systems their playing and for me it seems like they don’t really get what his trying to implement and either way it seems off the mark, players out of position and unable to pass a ball amongst themselves, i have to add that playing 1-4-5 formation with smith as a stopper is not a good system against a team like wigan, sam says give me time, we’ll you get time with results or atleast evidence of progression, he’s come out and said where jekyll and hyde we’ll for me the only game were we did well this whole season was arsenal, we were lucky at the start of the season and have not improved from there at all. same old same old for my beloved toon!

  • wsq

    Dec 27, 2007 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #3

    When we don’t have an injury crisis, we have a stupidity crisis!

    What’s to blame now.. We are blaming SAM ALLARDYCE! NOT THE PLAYERS!

    barton is bull shit, where is he, he shirks after he has a good game.. bull shit- he’s injured

  • Magjp

    Dec 27, 2007 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Blame Players?????????

    He dont blame his team selection and tactics??/?/??

    Smith as a holding midfielder ffs???

    I am soo p#$$ed. I guess I need to develop a thick skin.

    A draw against Derby, being beaten by Wigan! Who are we going to win against??? CHELSEA???

  • Southside Jordy

    Dec 27, 2007 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Shite, a joke and an f-ing laughing stock….!!!!

    Never seen such a bunch of loser on one pitch, can’t believe i wasted 5 min’s of my life watching that crap on MOTD…glad i did’nt go now and feel very sorry for all that did!!!

    It make’s me feel sick to think that we have to play Chelsea, Man U and Arsenal soon!!

  • Southside Jordy

    Dec 27, 2007 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #6


  • thelongshanks

    Dec 27, 2007 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #7

    Am i reading this right?He is blaming the players.We have some great players in this squad but if you put smith in goal and given up front and they dont play well is it the players fault?

    Mickey mouse tactics,he should have a long look at himself

    This makes me so angry.

  • carl

    Dec 27, 2007 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #8

    agree with all, im f****ng SICK of this shite,
    allardyce is to blame, remember him saying the players are an extension of him! hes right, utter shit!!
    his tactics and team selections have cost us badly, i personaly dont want him as our manager, time to go foreign and big for once

  • wsq

    Dec 27, 2007 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #9

    if he plays 4-4-2 week in week out he knows what he’s going to get.. why is he so futching thick!

    Smith in holding role, with no injury crisis, says it all! STUPIDITY at its BEST!

  • carl

    Dec 27, 2007 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #10

    i think its time for fans to get together and voice our opinions outside sjp

  • Graham

    Dec 27, 2007 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #11

    Words of wisdom from the mouth of our Manager (top man in his field apparently)

    “The front players have not held the ball up and the creative players have not created. Today the appetite to beat the opposition was not there. I’m not happy to have my future in their hands.”

    The front players… is that Alan Smith who was Closer to Taylor than he was to Viduka?

    How the hell can we expect the players to have appetite to play when they dont know what formation is being served up or where the hell they’re playing from one day to another?

    i’m sorry but this has got to stop and has to stop soon. the players will get a roasting (sounds like a usual footballers night out) they’ll come out fighting against Chelsea like they did against arsenal and i only hope that the fans are not taken in by it.

    I’m not a boo boy – never have never will but i’m at the point now where i cannot see a fuure for Allardyce at this club. Shearer was big headed – a legend but big headed, Allardyce is only big headed and his comments yesterday show that he doesnt understand that the main problem is him and his non existent tactics and not the players at this football club.

    They, along with the fans detrmine how long the manager is in charge by their performances. The majority of the fans dont want him and whether they admit it or not it doesnt seem that the players want him either based on recent displays.

    I said a week or so ago that we would sign no-one during January. I am even more convinced now – why would Mike Ashley give over money to an arrogant, incompetant manager who lives on his previous achievements and cannot see what is happening today? He should never have been appointed in the first place – one more Shepherd legacy w have to live with… but for how long

    Sorry for the long post but my heart is breaking with they way this man is recking our club and then blaming others for it. I only hope that the powers that be realise it, and realise it soon.

  • steve c

    Dec 27, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #12

    And still Chelsea and Man Utd to come. I think i will hibernate for the next 2 weeks.

  • carl

    Dec 27, 2007 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #13

    well said graham, i now live in surrey and only go to london away games, i am absolutely humiliated by all the other clubs down here, it actually hurts to see whats hapening to our beloved team.its desperate now!

  • Graham

    Dec 27, 2007 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #14

    I’ve always supported my club but… if it takes a hiding against Chelsea and Man Utd for ashley to sack this man then come on chelsea and man utd!

    And dont give me any bullshit about giving him time – the only time he deserves is in durham jail!

  • Graham

    Dec 27, 2007 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #15

    Thanks Carl, I always give 100% in my support and this is the first time i have ever wanted a manager out – even Roeder deserved more of a chance.

    Things must be bad for me to feel this way.

  • carl

    Dec 27, 2007 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #16

    yeah, i can only hope mort and ashley but a plan in place when they took over the club for a situation like this, and they are one step ahead, i do believe in giving a manger time but we have had nothing good to take from him. would rather of had sven

  • carl

    Dec 27, 2007 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #17

    shearer can see the problems on the pitch, 52000 can see the problems and many more watching on tv , so why cant fat sam?? i honestly believe i could pick a better team, tactics than sam at moment

  • lezb

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #18

    In any kind of business the buck stops at the managments door they decide how the company will go forward and that plans are in place to achive given goals.When it goes tits up you cant blame the office junior.
    Sam said in the past that I manage and they do as their told because I know whats best for them .Now all of a sudden its all the players fault.EXCUSES EXCUSES EXCUSES.Play the game as its ment to be played simple proven tactics as opposed to playing to your over inflated ego,Learn or leave .A good manager admits to his mistakes and rectfies them,but in Sams case who knows?????”TOP MAN IN HIS FIELD” Sam self praise is no recommendation.

  • adam

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #19

    i agree graham and carl. iv said from the start that sam wasnt the right man. i cant stand the man, i hate him more than souness and roeder put together.

    he plays crap football, cant beat muppet teams, has solved our defence, tactics are incredibly bizzare, has excuses for everything, talks to the media more than anyone iv seen.

    mike ashley has made a point to be apart of the fans in the stands, on the bus etc. i hope your reading these posts.

  • billy

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #20

    its a disgrace when you think a good result will be your own team losing but thats how bad things have got now under sam. he wont get the fans back on side with his tactics or team selection he wont get money to spend and owen wont be rushing back to play in a team that cant create chances.

  • wsq

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #21

    carl // Dec 27, 2007 at 10:59

    shearer can see the problems on the pitch, 52000 can see the problems and many more watching on tv , so why cant fat sam?? i honestly believe i could pick a better team, tactics than sam at moment

    exactly carl.. i don’t get it as well..

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #22

    Right sam if your listening your pissing everyo ne off, you cant blame the players because:

    Unfamilar Tactics
    Unfamiliae Position
    Unfamiliar Formations


    Players will also do what he say so they dont get dropped because they want to play.

    He blames the players but you can see where it is going wrong, Martin Jol with the same spurs team as ramos, look at the bloody difference sam you dumb bastad.

  • Eve

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #23

    Oh you poor naive idiot, we’re blaming you. And what kinda manager blames the players and not himself when it’s clearly his own fault..a coward that’s who. Keane blamed himself on couple of occasion, most managers do. But no idiot over here blames the players, what a gent.

  • thelongshanks

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #24

    Fulham need a manager,so sam get the boat!We will even DHL him to them.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #25

    People are saying that no manager would come, there is loads available and Deschamps would probably come over now if you phoned him up.

  • thelongshanks

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #26


  • carl

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #27

    our next 10 games in the league are
    chelsea a
    man city h
    man utd a
    bolton h
    arsenal a
    smoggies h
    villa a
    man utd h
    blackburn h
    liverpool a

    so people how many points out of 30 we going to get? in this important start to 2008?

    if sam doesnt go now, hell certainly be gone by end of these games, place your bets now!

  • lezb

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #28

    GK; Owen

    def; viduka,smith,ameobi,martins


    Forw;harper and bring back krul to partner.

    Go on sam you know you are dyin to field this side!

    Dont give the divvi ideas!!!!!

  • carl

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #29

    gk – emre
    def – owen,martins,milner,smith
    mid-roz taylor enrique beye
    strikers- given carr

    and before anyone asks,
    no im not big sam lol

  • garym

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #30

    Why do we keep hearing this excuse about foreign players adapting to the premiership, All the Man City player Sven bought were foreigners and they seem to be doing the business so its got to be down to tactics.

  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #31

    garym – that’s a good point – Sven seems to have had no problem with the players he has brought in – they started playing well immediately.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #32

    yes cos hes a good manager unlike the fat fk

  • Nick Dryden

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #33

    He’s a top man in his field you know!!!!!!!!!!
    Does he hear voices or something?

  • Nick Dryden

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #34

    I’m not happy to have my future in their hands.”

    obviously lost the players as well as the fans.
    Come on Mike put us all out of our misery.

  • lezb

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #35

    I’m not happy to have my future in their hands.”

    Like they say you reap what you sow.
    Sooner the better to my way of thinking

  • scott 9

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #36

    orite i understand u having ago but who would we get as manager shearer has no experience so who would be available martin jol thats about it and dont dear anyone say houlier i suppose van gaal maybe thats about it but could he do it in the premeirship

  • cathal

    Dec 27, 2007 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #37

    used to think big sam was the man for the job! how the tables have turned! allardyce out along wit geremi, cacapa, faye, barton and the other dead wood. mourinho in along with deco, quaresma and any other flair players. if askin 4 mourinho is too optimistic then go for bilic of croatia!

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 27, 2007 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #38


    Van Gaal
    Chris Coleman – Better than fat sam

    Hitzfeld and Rijkaard may soon be available.

    Mourinho and Lippi re very unrealisic but possible.

    Id go for Klinsmann and if not then Deschamps, it would be va Gaal buts he employed same wih Bilic.

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 27, 2007 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #39

    This is a joke right?

    Hey “top man in the field” I didn’t even listen to the full game yesterday and only watched the highlights on tv……….. I’m loosing my enthusiasm for YOUR team bs BSA, I had a gut feeling we were gonna be rubbish and what a surprise we were.

    Merry Christmas ya fat useless tw@t

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 27, 2007 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #40

    p.s. I didn’t think the fans were blaming the team anyway !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Try the tactics !!!!!!!!!!!!!


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