Sam Allardyce talks today to the Newcastle Journal, before the important game at Chelsea this afternoon and seems somewhat subdued. But he readily admits it’s been a very tough Christmas at Newcastle.
Sam Allardyce – it’s been a very tough Christmas
Sam told the Journal this morning:
â€œItâ€™s been a very tough Christmas and a very tough week for us, that goes without saying,â€ â€œBut in the last two games we were only a midgeâ€™s away from putting two results together to be going above Blackburn and level with Portsmouth, who are deemed the best two teams below the big four in the Premiership.”
“But all of a sudden because of this football club and its past history, itâ€™s all doom and gloom.â€
â€œItâ€™s never anything other than crisis, but there is no crisis here. Thereâ€™s only the disappointment of a result and performance that wasnâ€™t good enough (against Wigan). People outside make it a crisis or try to influence it, but what we have to do as a group of people is stay strong and focused on what we know is right.â€
Not surprisingly Big Sam says he’s not particularly enjoying the job right now, but only because Newcastle are under-achieving:
â€œI donâ€™t enjoy it at the moment because weâ€™re not achieving consistently what we know we can,â€ â€œSome of the defeats have been poor but thatâ€™s only been spasmodic.â€
â€œBut weâ€™ve played 19 matches and some, like at Blackburn, we should have won. Against Manchester City we shouldnâ€™t have lost, other performances have been good, but the results havenâ€™t been what we wanted.”
“The hysteria is obviously a distraction, but not a true reflection of where we are.â€
It’s good that Sam has kept his perspective and it’s also good that a few of our players are taking some responsibility for the recent poor performances. But the Newcastle fans today have to find a way of supporting the team, and try to make it easier for them to get some result in London today. That will be important and we’re sure the fans will do just that.
But the players must also play their part today, unlike Boxing Day at Wigan.