Sam Allardyce seems every bit as frustrated as the Newcastle fans, at the teamâ€™s terrible inconsistency this season.
Â 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 thatâ€™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 weâ€™re certainly not at the moment:
â€œOur 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 â€“ even though the result wasnâ€™t right â€“ the Derby matchâ€
â€œIf Derby had been a boxing match, the white towel would have been thrown in after round two, but we couldnâ€™t convert the chances we created so end up in a massive struggle and a draw.â€
â€œWe know what we can do and our work is to make those performances more consistent. Thatâ€™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.â€
â€œThatâ€™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.â€
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.Â 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.
â€œWe 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,â€Â â€œThe difficulty is finding that consistent level of performance from the players, but their main aim is to get to that level.â€
â€œThatâ€™s whatâ€™s needed in todayâ€™s Premiership â€“ consistency. The difference, for us, between a good performance and a bad performance is far too great. Itâ€™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.â€
â€œThatâ€™s only brought about by a long slow process. That doesnâ€™t wear well in football but itâ€™s the only way you can really sustain success.â€
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:
â€œIâ€™ve never known anybody set up a successful business in three or four months. It simply canâ€™t happen,â€ â€œIn many ways, some people â€“ far too many â€“ have gone out in the past and tried to buy their way to the top, but thatâ€™s not sustainable.â€
â€œIt might get you there in the short-term, but it canâ€™t bring you long-term success. It has to come from a more structured and focused long-term plan.â€
â€œThe best two sides this season are Arsenal and Manchester United and theyâ€™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.â€
â€œAs a football club Iâ€™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.â€ â€œWe know what we can do here and our work now is to make those performances more consistentâ€
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.