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