Chris So Right To Laugh Off Sam Speculation

We are very pleased today that Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort has laughed off the media buzz saying manager Sam Allardyce is about to be replaced as manager of Newcastle United.


Chris Mort and Sam Allardyce – more tripe in the papers

We reported yesterday that we thought this was pure garbage and although it must be tedious for Chris, if he doesn’t say the reports are rubbish, the media reports will only get worse and more convincing. We believe the new regime at Newcastle is determined to differentiate themselves from the previous regime and one of the things they will not want to do is keep replacing the manager.

Sam and Chris are doing some good things at Newcastle and they are probably not getting this good news out enough. But we know that in the training, scouting and other areas of the club, we are taking some very important strides.

Chris said today:

“All this makes me laugh and I find all this speculation tedious.”

“There is a different name every week and there is just no truth in it.”

All Sam Allardyce needs to concentrate on right now is getting a string of consistent performances from the team. It’s also the responsibility of the players to give of their very best and not drop into mediocrity.

That’s their job and it’s the very least they owe Big Sam. Reports that Sam has lost the dressing, are utter tripe, to use some appropriate Geordie vernacular. 😀

We’re sure the Newcastle fans will get behind the team on Wednesday night, and it could be both a good game and a good win for the lads, against impressive Manchester City. The fans deserve a good display and a win, however we can get it, that’s for sure.

Comments very welcome.

65 comments so far

  • Hadrian

    Dec 31, 2007 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #1

    isnt he laughing of the fact we have been linked with the dutch pancake jol?
    if our chairman has any doubt about sam , he needs to act on it , or we will suffer with lack of transfer funds .
    cant understand the thoughts behnd freddy bankrolling such a large backroom staff(and the payoff’s they would need) when he was already hiding so much debt .

  • scott 9

    Dec 31, 2007 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #2

    im really confident we will win one wednesday im off to the game cant wait in fact ive never been so confident about winning a game all season we will take all the points on wednesday i just have that feeling were due a win

  • Obafan

    Dec 31, 2007 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Perhaps he now is laughing with it, but will he be laughing if SA comes to ask for money for transfers in January. I think he will not be given lots of money, because they don’t know if he will be there much longer.

  • Alan

    Dec 31, 2007 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #4

    >>It’s also the responsibility of the players to give of their very best and not drop into mediocrity.

    It would be great if this were the problem. However you can see from the body language of the players and the way in which their effectiveness changes from game to game as a group that the problem is in the instructions they are given. They either don’t understand them, or more likely, they are contradictory (as in telling NZogbia to attack, attack but make sure that you let nothing get through and more importantly not giving other players clear instructions on when and how to cover him when he goes).

    This kind of thing leaves players hanging out on the line and explains why they are committed in some games and totally lost in others.

    I think its the backroom staff that needs time to gel, especially when there are 20 of them, and not the players.

    Assuming Allardyce is getting the club as a whole organised then he should be allowed to complete the task so that the next guy can build from there.


    Dec 31, 2007 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Still too early to sack Big Sam. Look what he did at Bolton. It did not happen over night. It takes time. Even Sir Alex was just one game away from the boot but he managed to turn it around. So give this big lad some chance. Happy New Year. 🙂

  • carl

    Dec 31, 2007 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #6

    i can remember mort saying, as we are all new to the club we have no expectations for this season, see where we are at the end and go from there, so i cant really see them getting rid, i think they will back him in january, due to the acn mostly,but also to add that bit more quality we need so badly.cant see it being too much but i reckon 10 – 15mil

  • carl

    Dec 31, 2007 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #7

    mort will already have sams shopping list i think, as one thing he does know is to move fastly in the market

  • Marc Kobrin

    Dec 31, 2007 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #8

    goal centre and carl – my thoughts exactly

    we need a bit of level headedness and stability – there is the ferguson 2 or 3 games away from the sack legend, and carl what u said rings true so lets give them time to BUILD a team

    happy new yr all!

  • Howie

    Dec 31, 2007 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #9

    we have to give him time end of story

  • carl

    Dec 31, 2007 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #10

    we will come good , i myself have slated sam many times but after many thoughts and arguments on this site and on a level head i say we just stop moaning and back him 100% whatever, get to end of season then question things

  • dave

    Dec 31, 2007 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Does any one on this site actully know what they are talking about,have you seen the last 20 games pathetic,its people like you who accept mediocrity without question.

  • Dragoner

    Dec 31, 2007 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #12

    YES. more positive bloggers backing the team and manager. so refreshing

  • Johnny T

    Dec 31, 2007 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Goalcentre …. ” Look what he did at Bolton. It did not happen over night” What exactly did he achieve at Bolton? Lets not forget bolton were universaly despised for the ugly, hoof and rush football that FSA had them playing. He’s trying to employ the same rubbish tactics here. IT’S NOT WORKING!

  • Davy

    Dec 31, 2007 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #14

    The way I see it is that I would love Newcastle to be doing well under Allardyce so that the only speculation there should be at present would concern new signings to strengthen a good looking squad. The reality is that that is not the case.

    At the start of the season, with the usual high expectations already in place, we had a new manager quickly followed by a new owner and chairman. We weren’t the only one’s to change wholesale but we were seen as a club that should do well if BS managed to bring his strong willed influence to settle the team from the back. He stated that he had taken Bolton as far as he could and this was a huge new challenge for him. However, does anyone not from the area know what this club means to the region. Allardyce is playing to pick up points here and there by playing a deep midfield with two “wingers” to link up with a lone frontman on the break. This tactic to nick results has not worked and he has frustratingly also used it at home giving the impetus to play football to the opposition who should be inferior on paper. We all know about the players being used out of position and new signings not used at all. Our defence is still not settled and we struggle to shoot nevermind score.

    We are not one of the big four anymore but we do have long term potential to get back there – because of the money spent week in week out by 50,000 fans. We would love to win the league, a cup or two and get back into Europe. That is not going to happen at the moment and I agree that a manager should be given time to develop a side for the future whilst trying to play attractive but solid football to keep the fans happy(ish). I do not, however, feel that that man is BSA. The similarities with Jack Charlton are frightening – where he had a system and forced his players to play to it rather than looking at his players and playing a system to fit their own strengths.

    I feel that if we are truly looking to the future then there is only one man who should be given the time to develop Newcastle into a force in English football – Alan Shearer. No suprise there but I think he knows what fans want, he is a fan himself, he is an intelligent man with a great football brain (two entirely different things – see P. Gascoigne), he has the coaching badges required and would gain the respect of players as he has been one of the best footballers in English history.

    I wish I didn’t have to write stuff like this and hope that if he doesn’t go BSA can turn things around. It’s not down to his personality after all and I want us to do well – just can’t see it at the minute I’m afraid.

  • Ben

    Dec 31, 2007 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #15

    Finally people are getting behinde big sam!time is critical, we saw gainst chelsea we can compete with them, no just winning those annoying games against lower clubs!think once sam has full confidence in his team we will see a more expansive style of play, man city against giro central the other day played 4-5-1 with midget vassel upfront, thats a managers tactic who took us to various semi and quater finals as Englands manager, solets stop questioning his decsions and suppoert him!He knows what hes doing, u dont last neaarly 10 years in the top flight if your tactics are crap and decsion making isnt up to it. Once he finds a gel at nufc where defence can accommodate attacking football we will be fine, confidence is lacking in our defence which is sad given there good start when we were playing more expansive football but since then defence has become weak and as a result we are shutting up shop too early!

  • carl

    Dec 31, 2007 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #16
  • Leo

    Dec 31, 2007 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #17

    i wonder if he actually laughed off the speculation, bit like santaclaus does hohoh. but hahaha would be amusing if he was hugging his bellie as well at the same time, or even mike ashleys bellie…

  • Macas

    Dec 31, 2007 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Let’s see what Mort says if we lose to Man City, Stoke and Man U. We are in a false position at the moment and it will be interesting to gauge the reaction of fans after the next 10 games. While I would love Sam to succeed, so far I have seen nothing to suggest he will. Bad tactics, bad management and bad use of transfer kitty – let’s hope his New Year’s resolution is to employ some positive tactics both home and away, but I seriously doubt it.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 31, 2007 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #19

    We are being linked with David Albeda from Valencia, i dont really know much about him is he any good?

    Also that Korean fella is not giving up, he really wants to join us even tho there are 4 other prem teams that want him, i say give him a go, if he wants to play for us that badly n other teams want him he must be worth a shot, specially for free!g

  • toslem

    Dec 31, 2007 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #20

    it’s not just sam, the players need to look at themselves. let their abilities and attitude do the talking. week after week we read promises of what they are going to achieve the following weekend, and against the better teams usually they perform, but what the hell has Derby and wigan got! fear of relegation. Does that mean we will start performing, if we end up in the bottom three?

  • Marguerite

    Dec 31, 2007 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #21

    Do you think Mort’s statement will quell the speculation? Unfortunately I think not.

    Why do so many people who are not remotely connected to our club feel forced to comment on Newcastle affairs and sit in judgement on us and decide how we the fans think and feel?

    I am sure the rest of my fellow fans are also sick to death of having to put up with the unwanted comments from Fergie (get over the 5-0); Phil Brown of Hull (Excuse me), Gareth Southgate(And again!!!) not to mention every TV pundit / ex player offering their twopenceworth.

    Please would they all shut up and get lost. Stop poking your nose into our affairs. Perhaps for a change go and find something / someone else to talk about.

    This is our club.

  • carl

    Dec 31, 2007 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #22

    agree, they havnt got a clue, all these people say we are fickle, etc and over ambitious and we still think were a top 4 team. wtf are they talking about! its just our passion for the toon is overwhelming and they just dont understand that

  • Hadrian

    Dec 31, 2007 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #23

    i hear sam hates to see anyone dribbling the ball on the pitch . if he thinks this entire city must adapt to him and not the other way around then he doesnt deserve the toon job.

  • mark

    Dec 31, 2007 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Big Sam Allardyce! tra la la la la!

  • Dragoner

    Dec 31, 2007 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #25

    If what you say is true Hadrian then he doesn’t deserve the Toon job. I do not think it is true however, he had Diouf at Bolton who loves to take on a defender or two

  • stjames

    Dec 31, 2007 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #26

    Chris Mort has spoken his mind and that’s good.

    Now it’s up to Sam to show he has the capacity to build a team that can play football. It’s rather urgent though.

  • Robert(From Serbia)

    Dec 31, 2007 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #27

    come on Sam,turn things around !!! i belive in you !!! by the way,happy new year m8s 😉

  • carl

    Dec 31, 2007 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #28

    dave – yes mate watched every game, and yes its poor, but we cant just sack him , we need to see if he can change first. dont you think big sams sat down with mort and discussed our rescent performances.hes well aware of what has to be done from now as even the likes of sir bob have thrown in a few hints! lets see what happens on wednesday as this is a big chance for sam to get it right, no excuses!!

  • carl

    Dec 31, 2007 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #29

    oh and dave mediocrity we dont accept but at the moment we are a mediocre team.can you accept that?

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 31, 2007 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #30

    Alan Hansen in the Mirror today says he thinks it’s an ideal time for Shearer to take over…….

    Well he’s Shearers buddy as a tv pundit and I usually have time for what he has to say, with him being a Jock he imo tends to give good unbiased views. Well this is strange statement for him to make.

    Also Southgate’s come out and said Shearer should say one way or another if he’s interested at all in the job……….. Soutgate concentate on your own club, we ain’t bothered what you think lmao. Did you see him after the Smoggy game, he was like a kid, so excited that he’d managed a win so so funny.

  • ascotinlessables

    Dec 31, 2007 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #31

    I have followed NUFC for many, many years through thick and thin (most of it thin I might add!). I also have, like so many supporters of the team, a desire to see success. What completely baffles me is the hysteria from the media and some sections of the fans that somehow success and Champions League football should be delivered instantly. The club, its ever changing management and players have underperformed for a very long time I believe that the carousel must stop. We all need to think very carefully before expecting instant success, it will not happen. The club needs to be re-built from top to bottom and from my position from afar, this is slowly happening. A season or two more of mediocre results is a small price to pay for long term satisfaction on the terraces.
    Get off Sam’s back and give him and the management of the club some space to get things right and not look at every result as if Armageddon was just around the corner. The watchword must be patience and we need to trust that for once we can build success on rock not sand!Just look at what Ferguson had to endure at MUFC before he got it right. Do we really in our heart of hearts believe that somehow Sam can produce instant miracles.
    Get real and get behind the management and the team for the long haul!

  • Gateshead Glenn

    Dec 31, 2007 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #32

    Ed, who are this royal ‘We’ that are pleased that Mort and Ashley are backing Big Sam ?

    It’s good that we don’t have a Board that are (over-)reacting to pressure from the fans and especially the media (who are having a ‘feeding frenzy’ at present). However, stability is only good if you’ve actually got the ‘right man’ in place. It is probably too early to judge but the signs aren’t very promising at all.

    When SA was appointed (by the previous regime don’t forget), like alot of fans I had doubts about his style of football. I was willing to put these aside as I consoled myself that at least we’ll be fit, strong and well-organised,i.e. hard to beat and competitive.

    So far this season we’ve too often been a ‘soft-touch’ home and away. We seem to have an inferiority complex not just against the ‘big boys’ but against everyone! Big Sam seems so pre-occuppied with stopping the opposition that our players lack self-belief and confidence. We still can’t defend effectively and going forward we’re totally lacking any fluency or flair.

    Unfortunately, I feel that SA himself (like many of his team selections) is a ‘square peg in a round hole’ on Tyneside. His whole football philosophy is wrong for NUFC. He’s made it very clear that he won’t change his ways or his tactics as he believes that they’re right. These served him well at Bolton, where expectations were rightly more limited, but are no good at a ‘big club’ like NUFC.

    Contrary to the media stereo-type, most NUFC fans aren’t impatient, unrealistic whingers. We’re used to failure, so even tho’ we’d really love a Cup to cheer (anyone will do!) we don’t expect to win the League this year or even in the very near future. However, we do demand that the team on the pitch is able to challenge for a place in the top 6. With our resources and fan-base, a place in the UEFA Cup each season should be the minimum target. Anything less is failure.

    We can cope with getting beaten, so long as the team is at least trying to win. We will not tolerate boredom and mediocrity on the pitch. If we can’t have a trophy at least give us some hope and some entertainment!!

    Big Sam, be warned — you cannot afford to lose the goodwill of the fans by negative tactics and team selections. Half-term report : ‘Must do better’ (MUCH better!).

  • Rob Kirton

    Dec 31, 2007 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #33

    The start of this season saw a board openly undermine their manager. It was a good team with a good manager. They lost their confidence and results suffered.

    Spurs have since recoverd and are now poised to overtake us in the league, and I suspect they will maintain that status; having first received the usual boost a new manager brings.

    Sam will not know when he is going to get the boot. Might be 5 years, might be 5 weeks. Ashley / Mort aren’t that dumb.

    It really is hard to read this one. Mort laughed off speculation. He didn’t give Sam fullsome praise. Good move….

  • big pea ov the weab

    Dec 31, 2007 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #34

    bring in moriniho if sam has to b replaced other wise leave him to it for a while c wot he can do next half ov season

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 31, 2007 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #35

    Mouriniho doesn’t need NUFC like we need him so why should he bother? May aswell say Fergie and Wenger for the Toon for all the good it’d do.

  • steve

    Dec 31, 2007 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #36

    Sam has apparantly given Mort his shopping list

    Joe Calzaghe

    Good luck to Taylor once he goes to West Ham, my mate (one of west ham physios, reckons is a done deal although he has been wrong before!)

  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 31, 2007 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #37

    Sir Bobby hits the nail cleanly on the head here …..

    “Let’s make it clear, I don’t think Sam deserves the sack. You should only sack bad managers or those that don’t fit in.

    “Sam certainly isn’t in the first category and should be given more time to acclimatise to a new club and all the anticipation and expectations that surround it.

    “The trouble for Sam is the style they (Bolton) produced had an upper ceiling. What would be considered success for Bolton – slightly above halfway – is regarded as failure at Newcastle.

    “To break into the top six, you need flair as well as method. Big Sam’s challenge is how to become a top Newcastle manager, even if it means sacrificing some of the things that have made him successful in the past.

    “Organisation and stability can take you so far but I don’t think Newcastle fans can be satisfied without cheering on players that can attack and entertain.

    “What the fans wish for is not just the right result but Newcastle playing the ‘right’ type of football with plenty of wit, the ball being passed along the deck and plenty of creativity in midfield. If Sam can trust his flair players, fans will forgive him if they don’t win every week.”

    Speaking about Mike Ashley’s terrace viewing habit:

    “It’s because he’s new to football and wants to see how the fans think.

    “It’s a great idea but, in my view, has probably served its usefulness now.

    “It might be best for Mr Ashley to put on a suit, step back and start making strategic decisions detached from the groans of die-hard supporters.”

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 31, 2007 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #38

    BSA shopping list… more pies !

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 31, 2007 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #39

    If you read between the lines Cockney Magpie you might se that SBR is saying:

    1, BSA underestimated the job at Newcastle and needs to adapt to NUFC and not the other way around and insinuates he isn’t fitting in.

    2,BSA’s not a bad manager but not a great manager.

    Also obviously NUFC is not Bolton and we will not accept their style of play.

  • Bill f

    Dec 31, 2007 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #40

    Don’t know if anyone read todays Telegraph, but the scouse tv pundit, (the one with caterpillars on his forehead) was strongly pushing his co-presenter (geordie legend) for the managers job. Now I am not one for conspiracy theories (oh yes I am 🙂 ) but is there a bit of “go on mate I’d like to have a go” cant harm if you say something going on here.

    My New Year prediction is that Sam will still be manager at the end of this season. What happens after that will depend on where we are in position and performances. I am going to stick my neck out and say that he will lead us into the promised land.

    Back to bunker. 🙂


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