Sam Allardyce has today bemoaned the huge expectations that surround today’s game in the English Premier League.
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.â€
“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.â€
“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 – Â£530million this summer.â€
“It means that clubs like Sunderland , who got promoted, are into the Â£30-odd millions, which has never been seen before.â€
“Other clubs who staved off relegation are going into the Â£20millions. We’re all competing with everybody’s funding of new players and trying to stay in and be successful in the Premier League.â€
“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.â€
“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.