Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce, disappointed his team got nothing out of a good performance at Chelsea yesterday, has denied reports of a furious row with Joey Barton before the defeat at Wigan on Boxing Day.
Sam Allardyce – Barton situation not helping matters at Newcastle
Sam said today:
“We had a few words because he was disappointed about being left out when I didn’t think he was fit enough to play, but it has been blown up out of all proportion,”
The Newcastle manager believes he knows who the mole is in the Newcastle United dressing room, who leaked that particular information to the press.
“I have no proof but a very good idea who it was,” “I just want him to know that I know.”
But Big Sam has to admit the Barton arrest has contributed to an atmosphere of doom and gloom that is currently surrounding the St James’ Park club. Sam continued:
“It does nobody any good,” “In this situation we have to be positive. There is no pessimism behind the scenes.”
“The results may not have gone our way but our performances have been better than people give us credit for.
We have to agree with at least some of what Sam says, there have been some good performances in the last say 6 games. Yesterday, the team looked balanced, and willing to fight for the points, and they could so easily have come away with a victory with a little luck.
The next test for the team comes on Wednesday evening against Manchester City, who have done really well under new manager Sven Eriksson so far this season. The KO is at 7:45 pm and 3 points will get us back in the fray in the league.