We just cannot help ourselves but comment on some of the rubbish in todayâ€™s Sunday papers regarding Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce.
Sam Allardyce – some stories in Sunday papers are just complete rubbish
Itâ€™s all innuendo and made up tripe, so weâ€™ll make a story of it, but only to take a different tact and point out just how ridiculous some of these stories are. The Daily Mail’s Paul Hayward thinks there is a “terminal rift” at Newcastle, which will see Sam Allardyce shown the door in the next few weeks. Hayward says Allardyce has now lost the trust of his players – and that is one of the problems for the former Bolton boss.
He told the Mail Sunday Supplement today:
“It wouldn’t normally be the solution to sack a manager in January, but I think there are a number of problems at Newcastle that suggest Sam Allardyce’s time is coming to an end.â€
“One is the breakdown of trust between the players and the manager. Some of the things Allardyce said after the Wigan game suggested there is a terminal rift there.â€
“He was saying he didn’t want his future in the hands of these players and that sort of thing. He was almost disassociating himself from his own team.”
We think what Sam said after the game with Wigan Athletic was both accurate and appropriate. The players were just pathetic against Wigan, let’s be truthful. And it just wasn’t good enough for the Tyneside club. Some of the players just didn’t turn up for the game, and they were left out of yesterday’s starting line-up. These players are paid huge amounts of money to play this game and should be mature enough to take valid criticism, which was certainly earned against Wigan Athletic.
Hayward felt Newcastle were a touch unlucky to lose to Salomon Kalou’s late offside goal at Stamford Bridge yesterday, but he thinks tactical problems are causing unrest among the Newcastle faithful.
“They were victims of rough justice in a sense against Chelsea because the winning goal by Kalou was two or three yards offside after Newcastle had done well to get back into the game.”
“But on the other hand, once they got back to 1-1 they sat right back in their own half and invited Chelsea onto them for the last 20 minutes. In a way that was an accident waiting to happen.”
“I noticed the tactics were using. In the first half they were just pumping balls up to Obafemi Martins, who was playing up front on his own. It was a very sterile style of play and I think that is the root of the problem.”
“Allardyce is trying to impose a style of play on Newcastle that the players and the owners and the fans are not happy with.”
We think Chelsea came back late in the game eysterday for a couple of reasons. One was that one or two of newcastle palyers looked tired. Faye looked almost out on his feet but kept playing as best he could. And the other reason is that Chelsea are a good side and came back into the game late, to try to get a winner.
Hayward also criticized Allardyce’s transfer policy and said the signing of Joey Barton from Manchester City – who was arrested earlier this week after being charged with assault – could prove to be a further nail in his coffin.
“Another criteria on which managers are judged is the players they bring in,” “And signing Joey Barton was clearly a pretty catastrophic misjudgment.â€
“Also the two midfield players – Alan Smith and Geremi – are not sufficiently creative for the Newcastle pallet.â€
“So his purchases so far have not worked out and he needs them to start performing or else he will be in big trouble within the next couple of games.”
Well, the Joey Barton transfer has now turned out to be a disaster for both Sam and the Newcastle club. But you cannot really blame Sam for trying to give Joey Barton a second chance. The fact that he has let down Big Sam and his club badly not to mention the Newcastle faithful, is more a comment on Joey than Sam. We guess Paul Hayward gets paid for selling newspapers. But Paul’s made up an awful lot of tripe there, and there’s no proof whatsoever the players are not supporting Big Sam 100%. But you can’t stop reporters trying to put a cat among the pigeons.
And of course it’s not the first time reporters have not let facts get in the way of a sensational story.
What do you think?
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