There’s a show of support from Sven Eriksson today, for under pressure Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce.
Sven Eriksson – done great at Manchester City so far
Sven brings his Manchester City side to St. James’ Park tomorrow night, in the middle of a poor run of form from the home side, which has seen a slide into the bottom half of the table.
But Sven thinks Sam will do just fine on Tyneside, if he is given time to get his side playing together. And the Swede is also adamant that he thinks Big Sam can survive all the pressure with his thick skin and strong personality.
Sven talked today about Big Sam:
“Every time you have a team or a club which is not doing exactly what the fans and media expect, the pressure is there,” “I think we have to live with that.â€
“I don’t know how much pressure Sam Allardyce is under but I do know he has a very thick skin and I don’t think anyone will break him down.â€
“Everyone knows he is a very good manager and if they give him time, I know he will change things for Newcastle.â€ “I am quite sure he is the right man for that big job.”
Eriksson also believes a fit Michael Owen can help Newcastle if Sam can get him to play on a regular basis. But that’s easier said than done. The England striker has started only 21 times for Newcastle since his Â£17M transfer from Real Madrid.Â In retrospect, that piece of business looks poor now, from the club’s perspective, given all of Michael’s injuries.
Sven of course is a great believer in Michael’s abilities and continued:
“Michael Owen is one of the best English goalscorers of all time, which tells you everything you need to know about him,”
“A fit Michael Owen is a danger for everyone. He is very clever and in the box he is outstanding.â€ “No matter what team you manage, if you have a fit Michael Owen, you know you are gifted.â€
“Your team can play averagely for a half, or an hour, or even for 90 minutes, but you know the first chance he gets, he will probably score.â€ “If you have three chances in one game, he will score two goals. He is ice cool.”
In his 5 months at City, Ericksson has changed an awful lot of things for the better, and suddenly Manchester City are up there challenging for a European Champions League spot. Sven seems quite pleased with the way things have gone so far, although their away performances could be better:
“It has been a long time since we won away from home, so we are looking forward to the day when we get another,” “But if you look back over what we have done so far, we should be happy.â€
“We have 36 points after 20 games, which is a good return.â€ “If we can keep up the work in the second half of the season, it would be perfect.”
Newcastle have 10 points fewer than City and are now in 11th place in the league.
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