Sam – Our Consistency Just Not Good Enough

Sam Allardyce seems every bit as frustrated as the Newcastle fans, at the team’s terrible inconsistency this season.


 A happy Sam Allardyce – will this be Sam this afternoon?

But the good news today is that Sam talks a lot of common sense to the Journal today, before th game in London against the very strong Chelsea. While the cumulative results at Stamford Bridge for Newcastle over the last 5 years is 16-0, and that’s not in our favor, the very fact that Newcastle are so inconsistent, leaves open a possibility that we might still get something out of this game.

But Sam talked today about becoming a lot more consistent as a team, which we’re certainly not at the moment:

“Our main aim is to get back to the level we were at the beginning of the season on a consistent basis and more recently the form we showed in the Arsenal game, the Birmingham game and, in many ways – even though the result wasn’t right – the Derby match”

“If Derby had been a boxing match, the white towel would have been thrown in after round two, but we couldn’t convert the chances we created so end up in a massive struggle and a draw.”

“We know what we can do and our work is to make those performances more consistent. That’s our main aim. And obviously avoid the disappointing results against any more of the struggling sides from now until the end of the season.”

“That’s the biggest thing we have to learn to achieve what we want to, because otherwise those are the ones you have to make up somewhere else. Those are the ones you should be picking points up from or winning. Certainly your home matches and certainly not losing away from home.”

Sam Allardyce may have problems with the team, but it doesn’t appear that team spirit is one of them. Everything the players have said this week from Smith, Geremi, Emre and Milner come across as though the players and Big Sam know they are in this together. That’s an excellent thing because we’ll need some togetherness to get us out of this little mess we’re in right now.

And to be fair to Sam, he is a tremendous motivator of his players, probably one of his biggest strengths as a leader. However, the doom and gloom hanging over the club right now is nothing that a win wouldn’t lift, and fairly quickly at that.  We’d just have to remember that the team is very inconsistent at this time in their development, and be wary of some “easy” future fixtures.

Sam continued:

“We are a group of players that are together to do the best we possibly can, to achieve as much as we possibly can for ourselves and our football club,”  “The difficulty is finding that consistent level of performance from the players, but their main aim is to get to that level.”

“That’s what’s needed in today’s Premiership – consistency. The difference, for us, between a good performance and a bad performance is far too great. It’s been a problem for quite a while, but what went on in the past is not too relevant in terms of what the future should hold or how quickly you can change things.”

“That’s only brought about by a long slow process. That doesn’t wear well in football but it’s the only way you can really sustain success.”

The problem, of course, is Allardyce manages Newcastle, where patience is always in short supply, we all know that and most of us are not very good once we have two bad defeats in a row. Sam continued:

“I’ve never known anybody set up a successful business in three or four months. It simply can’t happen,” “In many ways, some people – far too many – have gone out in the past and tried to buy their way to the top, but that’s not sustainable.”

“It might get you there in the short-term, but it can’t bring you long-term success. It has to come from a more structured and focused long-term plan.”

“The best two sides this season are Arsenal and Manchester United and they’ve got the two longest-serving managers. Nearly the next longest serving manager in the Premiership is Rafa Benitez and then David Moyes, and look at that long, slow progress at Everton.”

“As a football club I’d put us more in line with them than Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea or Liverpool, because the rest of us are a long way from those top four.” “We know what we can do here and our work now is to make those performances more consistent”

Sam’s right there, and what we’;ll look for today is a 100% performance in effort and skill from the players. Quite honestly, if we can get that from the team today, we’ll be quite satisfied.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • gboy

    Dec 29, 2007 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Iv’e just been reading through this post and also looking at the post and Fergies comments re our expecting too much and giving Sam more time.

    We are right to be frustrated and should always be expecting great things from our team but I bet all of us would accept a slow build up to some good results like at Everton or even a FAB youth policy like at Aresenal?

    However we are all bemused and baffled re BSA’s tactics which seem to constantly play some good quality in the wrong position. If we understood BSA’ s reasoning and his long term plans we might be able to get behind him.

    In my opinion we do need to get behind the club so perhaps we need to call for BSA to explain??

  • Steeley

    Dec 29, 2007 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Aaahh, more sh!t being spouted by Sam in an effort to save himself more time! Come on Ed, and the rest of you Fat Sam supporters – the cold hard fact is – we WOULD all be supporting Sam if if seemed to be making any sodding sense at all with his team and strategy selections. The man has been in the job for over 6 months now and if he still cant figure out where players are supposed to play then he aint gonna figure it out.

    Excuses excuses excuses (injuries, players not mine, the fans, african nations cup, transfer window, xmas break etc etc) GET OVER IT!!! EVERY MANAGER HAS THE SAME PROBLEMS!!!

    When/If he starts to play people where they should and has some positive tactics THEN people will get behind him even if we lose because at least then we know that he has the right idea.

    When we lose, and its blatantly the managers’ fault, then we have every right to say he needs to go!

  • Rob Kirton

    Dec 29, 2007 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Consistency is not a problem. We have not played well all season, bar a couple of 45 minute efforts in a couple of games. Therefore we have had consistency in tactics, perfomances and generally in results. It is all too predictable. Admittedly there hasn’t been much consistency in team selection, but then again that has mostly been the mangers choice, and not as a result of terrible injuries as the last incumbent had to put up with.

    “All we are saying is give us a shot….” come on join in we all know the tune.

    There are very few on this board who would not back Sam if only he could give us any hope of things getting better. We’ve always lived in hope. When a manager can’t even give us that, then he’s in trouble.

    Starting today

    a) lets try a shot
    b) lets try to get a goal
    c) lets try and get a decent result (maybe a draw)

    Is that too much to ask for?

    PS currently listening to commentary of Sheff U & Palace.

    Although I wouldn’t want him in charge of NUFC, check out what Warnock has done at Palace in 10-11 games or so. No money to spend, just got the club back to basics and got it all up and running from week one. Winning, scoring and playing football & obviously capable of motivating his players I’d settle for just one of those right now.

  • Anth

    Dec 29, 2007 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #4

    well what a saturday afternoon to look forward too

    will it be a 4-5-1 formation with smith out of position and zoggy as left back? most likely

    will he leave emre out gain ? most likely

    will he have the team pass side ways most of the game ? most likely if geremi plays

    will we get more the one shot?. heaven knows

    will he risk micheal owen ? Again heaven knows

    will he play viduka the most laziest player I have ever seen , and who makes john anderson look like speedy gonzales !!!! most likely ( why can e play shola he is fit and gives his all )

    will allan smith play two games in a row as a striker ?

    will he play so narrow that duff and millner have no space ? most likely
    The Big One will he get sacked after todays game ?????? Dont count your chickens,

    I predict the man city game for him to go

    will all you so called newcastle fans who want alan shearer as manager please wake up and stop going on about him, i dont want him as manager when you have managers like van gaal, houiller, (rikkarrd wil be available in the summer as will gus hiddick,) or even lippi ( i doubt he would come though) are all viable options to newcastle and would give us a better footing for the future …

    I know the romantic in me would love shearer to be the manager in the future

    and even more as keegan as is asisstant would be an mouth watering prospect could you imagine it !!!! hold i wont get carried away ……. well not just get

    we will be lucky if we dont get beat more than 3-0 today

    I have faith in the club……

    one topic i want you all to reply to hope fully

    But does anyone have faith in ashley to spend the big bucks when he has his choice of manager ???????????

  • Leo

    Dec 29, 2007 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #5

    i think we have had quite alot of consisteny, maybe consistently bad

  • Pete

    Dec 29, 2007 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m backing Rob on this one. I think we’ve been playing more or less consistently poor this entire season, bar a few odd performances, and even when winning…

  • Nick Dryden

    Dec 29, 2007 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Ed I was very sad to hear you endorsing Sam today in this article. There my friend lies the path to disaster. As for team spirit and man motivation, are you sure!! Have you seen the last 2 games.
    The players alledgedly don’t want Geremi as captain and Smith is there by default. The senior team menbers are openly in revolt over tactics and Barton has just done one!
    I think supporters of other clubs don’t realise it is not primarily the fact of not winning games.
    It is the unwatchable, miserable dross that Sam serves up every single game. He really should be done for crimes against football. Everything he does is ugly and negative – Barton’s just the latest Sam offering: a braindead, thuggish moron masquerading as a £50k a week premiership footballer! Yeah sam really changed him, not!!!!!!!!!

  • Sinead

    Dec 29, 2007 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #8

    I wanna quote a manager from a different sport, he got a lot from his time and this is a speech he made before what was one of the greatest matches we’ve ever seen..(I’ve eh,,edited it a bit, well I took out f***in, which was in nearly every second word)

    The most important thing today lads, the most important thing today, is that when you walk off that pitch you can say that I put everything, every last ounce of energy, every drop of blood on the line today, thats all you can do, but you’ve got to make it happen, it will not happen because you think about it.You’ve got to act on it .We take the game to them from the very off you set down a marker, you don’t take a step back. It’s not an option here. Now get it through your head we go after these guys like there’s no f***in tomorrow….lets go.

    Now that all was shouted in with a lot of passion and a lot of cursing, but that’s what’s needed today, we need them to do that, to stand up and be counted today.

  • wsq

    Dec 29, 2007 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #9

    there’s no time and space for extreme stupidity.

  • Sinead

    Dec 29, 2007 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #10

    The one thing you can say about Sam is that he’s good at stating the obvious. Seems to have a natural talent for it. LOL!!

  • Marguerite

    Dec 29, 2007 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #11

    I disagree Sam, we have been consistent – consistently bad.
    I hope we can repeat the battling spirit we showed against Arsenal today. Just get out there and fight for everything lads.

  • Hadrian

    Dec 29, 2007 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #12

    what are we meant tobe inconsistent at?
    ive not seen one decent performce to suggest we have been consistent at all .
    arsenal game was all passion and fight , very little football , every other games been scrappy as hell , very little football .

  • George

    Dec 29, 2007 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Sorry Sam, But what consistency!


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