Sam’s Barton Row Blown Out Of Proportion

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.

Sam continued:

“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.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • valle

    Dec 30, 2007 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Lets hear what the great Sir Bobby, who even the moaners cherish has to say about this…

    I certainly agree with him, and i think he has a very good point in regards to Ashley, who might be shooting himself in the foot by sitting amongst the fans.

  • Edd Case

    Dec 30, 2007 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Sir Bob talks about having some flair and attacking…

    Nuff said.

  • carl

    Dec 30, 2007 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #3

    didnt realise joey barton swung the other way, maybe thats why trouble follows him? we all know how homophobic the game is and people can be.but hes still a muppet.

  • George

    Dec 30, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Maybe this has been blown out of proportion, but surely a player must be able being dropped without going on the rampage.
    If Sam knows who has told the press, he should be disciplined for being a trouble maker, as the one who told the press is no better than Joey Barton.

  • Graham

    Dec 30, 2007 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #5

    Joey Barton being in jail has nothing to do with Allardyce (yes i’m sticking up for our manager for once). Its all about Barton being a little jumped up scouse prick who doesn’t know any better.

    And i for one would hate to see him back playing for us if he is found guilty of either one of the assault charges facing him.

    As for the ‘mole’, we seem to have had this problem for years as stories always get out of SJP.

    Maybe its just me being negative, but yesterday was just lke Arsenal – good performance but we wont keep it up consistently. After all, we do not expect to win every game but we do expect 100% committment every game and Sam is not getting that out of his players – and i doubt he ever will

  • Dingo

    Dec 30, 2007 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #6
  • Dingo

    Dec 30, 2007 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #7

    interesting reading…..

  • valle

    Dec 30, 2007 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #8

    Edd Case… Ur bordering on the ignorant now… Read the piece and try to understand all the stuff u DONT agree with. He also talks about giving Sam time and how it would be crazy to sack him… U forgot to mention that didnt u?

  • Doctapaul

    Dec 30, 2007 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #9

    What the hell is Barton doiung partying at 5.30 in Liverpool City Centre?

    We had a game 2 days later.

    It smacks of a sheer lack of respect, for the club, for us the fans, his team-mates and ultimately himself.

    At Wigan we are back to our lacklustre worst.

    Sam makes veiled comments about a mole.

    Despite the respite of being unlucky at Chelsea, what gives? What’s going on?

    Rather than keep it under wraps, let’s have it out in the open.

  • Steeley

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #10

    Aaaarrrrggghhhh, Ed!! ARE YOU ALLARDYCE IN DISGUISE!!?? Your articles are starting to get repetitively boring in your stoical support for Sam!

    Of course he’s going to play down the row – he’s hardly going to come and say “yeah, we had a massive row – that’s why he f*%ked off on the p!ss and got arrested” is he??

    Also, for Sam to even that he suspects a player of being a “mole” in the dressing room is simply stupid! He’s hardly making the dressing room look together if he reckons there are players running to the press all the time. Sounds like a players revolt to me!!

  • Steeley

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #11

    And your comment “We have to agree with at least some of what Sam says, there have been some good performances in the last say 6 games”….REALLY, are you having a laugh?? One good performance is hardly enough to justify that comment!

    Yesterday’s game wasnt THAT good of a performance….

  • Edd Case

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #12

    valle – I’ve said all along that IF Sam plays the team in a way which allows flair, creativity and attacking vision, I’m all the way with him.

    Trouble is, he doesn’t. I agree with so much of what Sam says, as in the future of the youth set up and all that. But success is gained from on the pitch performances, and currently, our teams are serving up some of the most appauling dross you could wish to see.
    All he needs do is change this and he’ll have the backing of all of us.

  • steve

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Yesterdays game was a better performance, although we were playing a chelsea second string.
    I don’t like Sam’s tactics or player selection but I agree its stupid to sack him unless we have a top flight manager lined up who will be given a lot of cash to buy some quality players ( would they even come to newcastle?)

    The performances against Arsenal and Chelsea whilst lacking in quality showed fighting spirit, but we can’t rely on that alone (lets leave that to Derby, Wigan and the like)
    Unless we sort out the midfield and select a settled back four (which means dropping Smith and playing Enrique at least) we’ll have no chance of moving up the table.

  • Callum

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #14

    “The results may not have gone our way but our performances have been better than people give us credit for.”

    Performances have been better than people give us credit for?

    Having no shots against Wigan and drawing vs Derby? Thats good?

  • Leo

    Dec 30, 2007 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #15

    who is the mole then? me thinks it is michael owen haha lets light the fire… joking.

    thats what the newspapers may think to publish next just watch it happen

  • john

    Dec 30, 2007 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #16

    sir bobby also said HUGO VIANA was WORLDCLASS HOW WRONG WAS HE

  • Dragoner

    Dec 30, 2007 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #17

    Hugo Viana is a good player, he just weren’t good for us. Same with Boumsoung

  • Doctapaul

    Dec 30, 2007 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #18

    wot – like Carl Cort -lol ?

  • login

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #19

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