Bobby Robson – Sam Also Needs Some Flair

Sir Bobby Robson has spoken today about Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce, and thinks Big Sam may need to have a more expansive style, but on the other hand believes it’s far too early to sack Sam.


Sir Bobby Robson – Sam needs to attack more

Of course Sam Allardyce has endured the normal speculation surrounding Newcastle United, when results aren’t going particularly well, and since results in the last 3 games have not been good, speculation surrounding Allardyce is rife at the moment..

Robson, who was ridiculously sacked by Freddy Shepherd in late August 2004, feels the former Bolton manager needs to encourage more attacking football, from the style he used at Bolton.

Robson wrote in his column in the Mail on Sunday:

“Let’s make it clear, I don’t think Sam deserves the sack. You should only sack bad managers or those that don’t fit in.”

“Sam certainly isn’t in the first category and should be given more time to acclimatize to a new club and all the anticipation and expectations that surround it.”

“The trouble for Sam is the style they [Bolton] produced had an upper ceiling. What would be considered success for Bolton – slightly above halfway – is regarded as failure at Newcastle.”

“To break into the top six, you need flair as well as method. Big Sam’s challenge is how to become a top Newcastle manager, even if it means sacrificing some of the things that have made him successful in the past.”

“Organization and stability can take you so far but I don’t think Newcastle fans can be satisfied without cheering on players that can attack and entertain.”

Robson is also not sure how much of a balanced view Newcastle club owner Mike Ashley is obtaining by sitting with fans each game. You can only learn so much from fans at the games, and Bobby thinks Ashley may have learned all he’s going to learn from the Newcastle fans.

Robson added:

“It’s because he’s new to football and wants to see how the fans think.” “It’s a great idea but, in my view, has probably served its usefulness now.”

“It might be best for Mr. Ashley to put on a suit, step back and start making strategic decisions detached from the groans of die-hard supporters.”

Bobby Robson’s team always played great football to watch, and we remember well how he wanted the full backs to get up with the play when Newcastle were attacking. Aaron Hughes was playing full back in those days, and he was one who never got up the field quickly enough for Bobby and Robson used to wave his arm telling Aaron to get up with the play. Good memories of Bobby’s wonderful career as manager of Newcastle United.

In 3 successive seasons he had us at 4th, 3rd and then 5th – and then Shepherd sacked him in August, 2004 following a poor start to the season. Bobby Robson, in his first season at the helm had brilliantly saved us from relegation in 1999-2000. And who will ever forget his management home debut, against bottom-placed Sheffield Wednesday in a 6 pointer, when we took the Yorkshire club apart 8-0, with Shearer scoring 5. Oh, the memories.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • carl

    Dec 30, 2007 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #1

    well said sir bob, pure common sense , but allardyce must evolve in the jan transfer market.

  • carl

    Dec 30, 2007 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #2

    The dissatisfaction stems from the belief that Newcastle actually have the players to give anybody a game when they are allowed to. However, Martins, N’Zogbia, Milner, Smith, Viduka and Emre are being wasted. Allardyce’s tactics stink of fear… the situation has gained its own momentum and the sentimental types are screaming for Alan Shearer – no experience, no scouting network. Newcastle have to change managers so often because, quite simply, they rarely pick the right bugger in the first place.”

    a comment from the times this morning

  • George

    Dec 30, 2007 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #3

    We all know what type of football we need at NUFC, as did Bobby Robson, but do we honestly need the imput of a man who himself lost control of players and the dressing room.
    No body will call what BR did for us, but we must not forget the lack of style and flair we started to play under Robson once control of the players was lost.
    No body is going to convince SA that he is doing it wrong in our eyes.
    All the hype about fitness and avoiding injuries is backfiring terribly on him and at a price with all this backroom staff he has. Is this a case of more chiefs than indians.
    Is SA bamboozling the players with science, because what he puts on the park has me stumped.
    MA is the real gaffer and i for one would be ringing the changes when my investments are going down the pan quickly.
    We need sweeping changes sooner rather than later.

  • valle

    Dec 30, 2007 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Sir Bobby lost the dressing room once Fat Fred started opening his big mouth to the media and telling everyone that it would be bobby’s last season… He, like every other football expert, tells us that we need to keep Sam to progress… But that just isnt good enough for some of u neandertalers is it?, no no no no, we dont need advice from Sir Bobby, Sir Alex and every other expert out there. You scream for managers of their credentials, yet u cannot accept their advice when it dosnt add up with ur own opinions.

  • adam

    Dec 30, 2007 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #5

    well said sir bobby. cant believe we got rid of you. legend

  • Steeley

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #6

    You should only sack bad managers or those that don’t fit in.”

    “Sam certainly isn’t in the first category and should be given more time to acclimatize to a new club and all the anticipation and expectations that surround it.”

    Nothing about him not being in the 2nd category though!! In other words, SBR has confirmed what he thinks (and what everyone in the North East thinks about Sam’s styl of play….ITS BORING!! And people here dont like that! We want flair, or at least attacking football…..not NINE IN DEFENCE!!!

    Also Ed, your articles are starting to contradict each other: “and since results in the last 3 games have not been good” yet in your article about Crisis; What Crisis you mention how really well you thought we played (in attempt to convince yourself just how amazing Sam is no doubt) – at last try and get your story straight if youre going to try and hoodwink us all with your one-sided articles!

  • scott 9

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #7

    yes wqe definetley need flair

  • valle

    Dec 30, 2007 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Steeley… Do u even convince yourself with that last post?

  • Leo

    Dec 30, 2007 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #9

    in bobby we trust, but will sam!!!?

  • valle

    Dec 30, 2007 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #10

    Sam will play more attacking in time, dont worrout that. But he is clearly looking to shore up our defense as a first priority. Most his signings have been defenders, and allot of the names mentioned for january are defenders as well. He talks about clean sheets and shutting down the oposition attack before building ur own, and since defence have been our biggest problem over the years, it all makes perfect sense.

  • UTD111

    Dec 30, 2007 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #11

    On top of everything else thats been said, lets not forget that BSA is having to adjust and come to terms with managing what is a massive club (no disrespect to Bolton) – with bigger crowds than Chelsea or Liverpool. And yes, United are indeed a massive club – in my view second only to Manure (but without the extra fans from Essex). In this situation He’s having to learn things too – but no-one should doubt the experience and ability he brings to the job. One of the things he might have to learn is to trust his flair players to do the job theyre made for – to attack (Emre, N’Zogbia, Milner, Duff) and also buy some extra ones! Give the bloke a chance – he’s been here half a season!

  • john

    Dec 30, 2007 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #12

    sam also needs some glasses

  • Dragoner

    Dec 30, 2007 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #13

    valle i admire your persistence mate, but u wont get through to some of these lot

  • iain

    Dec 30, 2007 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #14

    its pretty simple isnt it. all sir bobs saying is adapt, admit your what your doing is wrong and try something else.

    sam could have all the time in the world if he wasnt so pig headed and insistant on calling himself a top manager, whilst his team selections and tactics point to a man unsure about what he doing and where hes taking our club.

    there are so many things sam hasnt even tried yet that mean we dont have to go 442

    how about…


    beye faye taylor enrique

    butt geremi smith zog



    same back 4


    milner/duff duff/zog

    all of those mean he can be happy having 2 dfm players in the etam every week, like cappello did at madrid or mourinho at chelsea at there peak.

  • scott 9

    Dec 30, 2007 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #15


  • Marguerite

    Dec 30, 2007 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #16

    Oh how I yearn for the days when Sir Bobby was our manager, the sheer fun. Somehow the 320 mile round trip was worth it and we had so much to talk about. I know, we still did not win anything but we attacked and played with panache. Opposing fans also took the time (after slating us Geordies off) to qualify it by saying but we love your manager. He brought dignity and respect in spite of the powers that be running the club and he made me proud to be a Geordie.
    All the best Sir Bobby you will always be in our thoughts. Your sentiments are my sentiments please can we find some way to play attacking football.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 30, 2007 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #17

    scott9, mendez is equadorian, he wants to go back to equador apparently.


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