Sam – Rome Wasn’t Built Overnight


Sam Allardyce has today bemoaned the huge expectations that surround today’s game in the English Premier League.

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Sam – Rome wasn’t built overnight (or even in a day)

With all the money now in the game in England, the job of football manager in the Premier league is a difficult one to say the least. Already, there are a number of them who have been sacked this season.

Sam said today:

“It’s typical of the expectation that surrounds the game today. That’s something we all have to accept and live with.”

“Before the season started, with that amount of money spent, you knew it was going to be the most volatile season and it has proven to be that already. We’re just halfway through it and seven managers have gone already.”

“It’s a hugely competitive league and bigger than ever before. More people have entered into the transfer market than ever before, spent more money – £530million this summer.”

“It means that clubs like Sunderland , who got promoted, are into the £30-odd millions, which has never been seen before.”

“Other clubs who staved off relegation are going into the £20millions. We’re all competing with everybody’s funding of new players and trying to stay in and be successful in the Premier League.”

“It’s the only league to play in. Rome can’t be built overnight. That’s always been the expectation here so our focus is to make sure that pressure does not come on us by continuing to get results and that’s what we have got to do.”

“We can then grow slowly but surely, to hopefully sustain more and more success as the years go by.”

It’s a big money business in world football today, and it’s not going to change any time soon. The managers are under huge pressure to win and failure to do so generally comes with the sack. But they usually can get another job elsewhere at some other club. But it’s a stressful job, there’s no doubt about that, if only because of the media attention and continual public spotlight they are under.

What Sam and Newcastle need on Wednesday night is all 3 points against a good Manchester City side. Although City are way above Newcastle in the league, it’s their home form with 28 points from 10 home games that’s the reason they’re up there in 5th place.

Their away form is as bad as their home form is good, with just 7 points from 9 games away from Eastlands. A win on Wednesday is just what the Doctor ordered for Newcastle’s faithful fans.

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106 comments so far

  • JoshI

    Dec 30, 2007 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #1

    All he ever does is speak to the press. Why not get on with the football?

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  • ObaFan2

    Dec 30, 2007 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #2

    I bet Sven and Man City don’t come here to contain us and play for a draw.

    My expectatons were not set high (imo) at the start of the season ( I seem to remember the poll on here at the start of the season with most people hoping/expecting top 6, I was a more conservative top 10 ) but so far we have not shown any sign of consistency that will imply a top 10 finish.

    I also think we have a good squad (b4 ANC) so don’t expect too many new players to come in during Jan transfer window, maybe 2 or 3 , defenders and a creative player.

    So from now until the end of the season it is up to the manager to inspire,motivate and gel the players (team) to play to their potential. I don’t think i ask much in that all I want is my team to entertain me, win lose or draw thats all I want. I don’t expect to be jumping on the table in the bar again as Albert lobs for a fifth goal but I’d like to think my team plays well enough to hold their heads up high against ALL it’s opposition.

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  • Steeley

    Dec 30, 2007 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #3

    ObaFan2 – if Sven comes to St James’ and plays a thoroughly defensive game and play for a draw I’ll eat my hat!!

    He knows that even at home, that Sam plays for bore draws anyway, so he’ll set his stall out straight away and attack attack attack!!

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  • ObaFan2

    Dec 30, 2007 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #4

    Steeley don’t think you’ll need to scour the shops for an edible hat this time 🙂

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  • carl

    Dec 30, 2007 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #5

    woudnt it be brilliant to hear sams answers if a true fan asked him about the main concerns we are all saying?

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  • JoshI

    Dec 30, 2007 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Cheers Ed.

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  • dougnufc

    Dec 30, 2007 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Watching the Man City and Liverpool Game, and guess what? Sam Allardyce is at the game watching…

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  • Steeley

    Dec 30, 2007 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Dougnufc – Im a little confused by your last comment….what does it mean?

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  • Steeley

    Dec 30, 2007 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #9

    ObaFan2 – correct! I might go to Fenwicks and look for some hankies instead, because I think I might be crying when I see the team sheet for the city game :'(

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  • JoshI

    Dec 30, 2007 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #10

    that fat sam is watching the game.

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  • ObaFan2

    Dec 30, 2007 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Nah go to John Lewis Steeley (biased as my mrs works there lol)

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  • Steeley

    Dec 30, 2007 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Nice, Ill buy on bulk at a discount!

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  • JW

    Dec 30, 2007 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #13

    A question for you – is a cliche, like “Rome wasn’t built in a day” – untrue merely because it is a cliche? Or should each usage of a cliche be judged on a case by case basis?

    Discuss

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  • JoshI

    Dec 30, 2007 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #14

    The phrase ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ is the worst cliche ever and just shouldn’t be judged at all, in fact it should be eradicated.

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  • Bw postive

    Dec 30, 2007 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #15

    ALL Sam has been doing since he has been here, is try and force us to realise HIS OWN PERSONAL opinion of Newcastle United. A clearly lacklustre view of a midtable team backed by unrealistic fans. Surely we can let our opponents do this media bashing for us, not our so called high profile gaffer ! WHATS THE POINT of harbouring ANY ambitions if your OWN BOSS suggests we are nothing special, have always been incompetant and that it will take many years to “turn it around”. WTF does that relay to the current players. He will lose them if he already hasnt. This mans ego is too big for the club. He cannot stomach losing so badly and is turning on the fans! SAM YOU , DONT blame me, my family or this lot because you couldnt beat Derby twice, Wigan, Portsmouth, Sunderland, Boro, Reading etc with the players YOU HAVE ! We have had ONE good positive since Sam has been here, injuries. Relative to previous seasons that is ! But I would rather see a positive attack minded likeable coach, commanding a side that whilst entertaining and going in the RIGHT DIRECTION, gets beat 4-3….Than watch a diabolical shambles without effort or shape, against relegation fodder gettin beat without us even getting on the score sheet ! Its pathetic. It isnt our fault the club sacked the ONE MAN WE ALL felt was gradually taking us in the correct direction, then subsequently replace him with muppets ! Sams media verdicts smacks of bruised pride. He is defending his own inflated ego, by mocking us as fans! Shepperd has killed this club with his shockingly bad decisions. Sam was the latest. Sven would have been a clearly better candidate, one with the neccessary experience of managing BIG NAME PLAYERS AND REAL AMBITION, not scrappy direct powerhouse or bully football bollocks that was served up in chunks at Bolton. WHY pick the man solely responsible for making Bolton play the worst football the league ever had since Wimbeldon. WTF did those of you, if any whom backed Sam from the start ! Bolton in Europe under Sam were a JOKE ! Because he couldnt ADAPT his football to what was required at that level and his bully tactics were nipped in the bud by the over protective refs. We are not going in the right direction, so by giving Sam more time, ALL we receive is a backwards decline, not only making it a more difficult and off putting a job for a prospective replacement, but inevitably doing what we all fear will happen to this clubs hot seat….making it become the poisoned chalice !

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  • Hadrian

    Dec 30, 2007 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #16

    he’s only moaning cos he’s not used to expectation .
    bolton never expected ANYTHING , it was all gravy for them after getting into the prem .
    sure sam still thinks he’s there .

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  • Steeley

    Dec 30, 2007 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #17

    JW – very A-level English of you to make that comment! I didnt get that far in English so I simply couldnt comment! haha

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  • JW

    Dec 30, 2007 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #18

    It’s actually a philosophical question on the nature of truth. It’s nothing to do with the study of English.

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  • Steeley

    Dec 30, 2007 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #19

    JW – bla bla bla! haha

    Told you I was no good at English – hence why I didnt know that 🙂

    Regardless, I think it’s too deep a question to be asked on a footy blog, dont you?

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  • johnny

    Dec 30, 2007 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #20

    I dont think anyone expected instant miracles but surely some progression and continuity in terms of at least playing them in their correct positions would be good.

    eg why does our most creative and dangerous player at the moment N’ZOGBIA play at left back when its so obvious left mid is his position and more to the point why spend 6mil on a left back you never play?

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  • Leo

    Dec 30, 2007 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #21

    yeah sam get on with managing out team instead of spouting rubbish to the press only to big yourself up

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  • Hadrian

    Dec 30, 2007 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #22

    top man in his field dont cha know Leo .

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  • iain

    Dec 30, 2007 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #23

    so true rome wasnt built in a day, but if big sam had been in charge of project lets build rome he no doubt would of had the carpenteres doing the stone work whilst insisting you can build buildings out of triangular pieces of stone that dont fit together.

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  • ObaFan2

    Dec 30, 2007 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #24

    “It is a cliché that most clichés are true, but then, like most clichés, that cliché is untrue.” Stephen Fry

    It’s just a drop in the ocean in the big scheme of things, the proof is in the pudding and at the end of the day you don’t rub salt into the wound or bite the hand that feeds you by grabbing the bull by the horns and shoot yourself in the foot by going against the grain.

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  • Robert(From Serbia)

    Dec 30, 2007 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #25

    man,support the BS !!!! he is right !!! he didnt have the money to buy quality players !!! he risked with Alan Smith and Barton,cause he tought they will be great signing….give him support,there is no other manager in the world who will want Newcastle Job…let him be here for 2 sesons,and then jugde him !!!

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  • johnny

    Dec 30, 2007 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #26

    Robert, you obviously have’nt seen any of the games in Serbia, let me break the news, we are ,what we call here in Newcastle, shite.

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  • Hammy

    Dec 30, 2007 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #27

    Rome wasn’t built overnight? I know are few irish tarmacers’ that could do the roads while the kettle was boiling…..

    been some great blogging on here today with a couple of near virtual punch up’s but looks like things have started to calm down a bit……
    anyway let’s forget about the footie til Wednesday and start the New Years celebrations early…
    All the best from Seahouses boys!!!

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  • Steeley

    Dec 30, 2007 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #28

    Aye, Hammy – its been a quality blog session today!

    All the best to you as well mate! Roll on 1430hrs on the Man City match day to see the team and formation eh?

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  • Steeley

    Dec 30, 2007 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #29

    And on that note I’m signing off for the day – few beers th’ night before seeing in NY tomorrow!

    All best to you all for 2008 – may it be prosperous for you, and European for Newcastle!!

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  • ObaFan2

    Dec 30, 2007 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #30

    Sven looked happy and his usual calm self……… lucky him 🙁

    All the best and catch you in the new year.

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  • Hadrian

    Dec 30, 2007 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #31

    sam was at the man city match , checking out how we are going to ‘contain’ them at SJP

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  • Edd Case

    Dec 30, 2007 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #32

    Just watched Man City -v- Liverpool.

    Sven’s got the Sam disease it appears.

    How can you justify playing ‘not to lose’ football, when you’ve won all but one game at home all season???

    The trouble is, some of you will say, “Sven got it spot on” and heap more praise on Sam for what he is try to achieve at Newcastle.

    Well, if I was at Eastlands today, I’d be disgusted.

    I would never pay to watch my team at home try to not lose – I want to see my team go for the win.

    Ok, Liverpool are a top 4 team and perhaps being tight is prudential – but they managed just 2 shots on goal!!! Are they Toon in disguise?

    Now to Wednesday – same again? No chance, watch City wipe the deck with us.

    Sven showed far too much respect to Liverpool today – I wonder how much respect we’ll get?

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  • Howie

    Dec 30, 2007 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #33

    edd case they are playing liverpool not derby. oh ye play attacking football with tired players and you will get beaten by the likes of liverpool who can rotate over a difficult period. it is exactly the problem with toon fans id say the city fans were not giving out about getting a poin whereas we think we should beat liverpool

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  • Howie

    Dec 30, 2007 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #34

    if you saw the first half it was city in control of the game

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  • Edd Case

    Dec 30, 2007 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #35

    Howie, Im still watching Sky Sports – listen to Redknapp, he knows what he’s talking about, you dont.

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 30, 2007 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #36

    Edd the record is exactly why they played defensive. Liverpool have the quality to destroy that record if you let them, and if that record is destroyed confidence will drop and it might have a chain effect. Sven is a top manager and he knows what he is doing. Why do you always question these top managers. It is not about attack all the time, defending is part of football.

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  • Howie

    Dec 30, 2007 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #37

    i presume your talking about jamie redknapp. jamie redknapp doesnt have a clue. worst pundit on telly and that takes something when you consider the bad ones at bbc

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 30, 2007 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #38

    Edd you would be better off supporting Arsenal or Man U as they are the only two teams in the premiership that play to win regardless of home and away. We are not good enough for that, and neither are city yet

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  • Dragoner

    Dec 30, 2007 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #39

    and that is not an insult Edd, it is just a realistic suggestion considering your high expectations

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  • Edd Case

    Dec 30, 2007 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #40

    Dragoner – is this round two or can it be kept sensible?

    In answering your question, wouldn’t we all want to see a more attacking Newcastle United?

    That’s all I want and all I moan about. I want Sam to pick a team that can win a bloody match. Not pick a team based on containing the opposition.

    We should be saying, “fu£k them, we’re better than them, let’s have a go at them!”
    ***NOT necessarily every game – but against the likes of Wigan? Come on….

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