Big Sam – It’s Been A Very Tough Christmas


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.

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Sam Allardyce – it’s been a very tough Christmas

Sam told the Journal this morning:

“It’s been a very tough Christmas and a very tough week for us, that goes without saying,” “But in the last two games we were only a midge’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, it’s all doom and gloom.”

“It’s never anything other than crisis, but there is no crisis here. There’s only the disappointment of a result and performance that wasn’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.”

Not surprisingly Big Sam says he’s not particularly enjoying the job right now, but only because Newcastle are under-achieving:

“I don’t enjoy it at the moment because we’re not achieving consistently what we know we can,” “Some of the defeats have been poor but that’s only been spasmodic.”

“But we’ve played 19 matches and some, like at Blackburn, we should have won. Against Manchester City we shouldn’t have lost, other performances have been good, but the results haven’t been what we wanted.”

“The hysteria is obviously a distraction, but not a true reflection of where we are.”

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.

Comments welcome.



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6 comments so far

  • carl

    Dec 29, 2007 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #1

    i wish sam would just pick a well balanced team , players in position . please. then when the team starts playing, we would be patient, but big signs of progression are needed. i also wish sam had made given captain, so smith wasnt a certain starter. heres my team for today
    given
    beye faye taylor enrique
    milner butt emre nzogbia
    smith martins

    with owen, rozehnal,viduka,harper,geremi on bench??
    any thoughts?

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  • Graeme

    Dec 29, 2007 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Everything Sam says is true, however he fails to address the problems the players have, being played out of position, for no good reason, in a formation that doesnt suit them.

    Why is Zog at LB when a) we have a perfectly good LB at the club and b) he could make a HUGE creative difference in midfield, playing his natural game??.

    Why is Smith playing in midfield?? He is a Striker, but he isnt scoring goals, he’s not as good as Owen, Viduka or Martins yet he keeps better players (Zog) out of his natural place.

    It has to change and only Sam can change it, when it comes to the 11 on the pitch and the formation in which they are asked to play.

    Hopefully, he will try and get it right on the pitch today, perhaps he will throw a double 6 when perming the team and we play 4-4-2. With the right 11 on the pitch, playing to the best of their ability for 90 minutes, we could put in a creditable performance which will lift everyones spirits – God knows we need it.

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  • carl

    Dec 29, 2007 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #3

    well i gota leave for the match in 30 mins, so i can only wish we dont get slaughtered this afternoon.

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  • neozero

    Dec 29, 2007 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #4

    if we were 2 lose by a goal with a spirited display then i would give sam one last chance but if we play stupid formation and without and creativity then i hope we get slaughted to wake sam and the club owners about our situation

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  • Toon Steve

    Dec 29, 2007 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #5

    Everyone should calm down and get off Allardyce’s back. Rome wasn’t built in a day and I have seen enough managers come and go to last a lifetime. Allardyce has the backing of the likes of Ferguson, Wenger and Grant because they know he is capapble. What he needs is time and support. It may take 3 – 4 years to get it right so fans should start to demonstrate the sort of loyalty I used to witness during the 80’s and support the team through the bad times as well as the good. If anyone thinks that Allardyce could be replaced by the l;ikes of Lippi or Hitzfelt as I keep hearing they are even stupider than i thought. Get real, lose Allardyce and it is back to the Souness and Bruce types. Back the manager for the next 18 – 24 months and the stability will reap rewards.

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 29, 2007 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #6

    im 110% behind that comment Toon Steve. And it seems as though it has calmed down a bit since the Wigan defeat, a lot of fickle fans have decided to button it

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