Sven Sure Sam’s Thick Skin Can Help Him Succeed

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.”

“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.”

“Everyone knows he is a very good manager and if they give him time, I know he will change things for Newcastle.” “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 £17M transfer from Real Madrid.  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.” “No matter what team you manage, if you have a fit Michael Owen, you know you are gifted.”

“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.” “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.”

“We have 36 points after 20 games, which is a good return.” “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.

Comments very welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Pi55 Off Sam

    Jan 1, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #1

    All the managers are supporting Allardyce. Why? Do they really believe him to be a good manager?

    Answer: No

    The longer Newcastle have Allardyce the longer we are down and out! The minute we get a decent manager with good credentials, who is a natural winner we’ll be challenging for Europe again and it worries our rivals!

  • Pete

    Jan 1, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Haha, my thoughts excactly:)

  • Marguerite

    Jan 1, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #3

    Mine too, are we that cynical?

  • Pi55 Off Sam

    Jan 1, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #4

    No it’s just that the potenial of our club is huge and all we’ve ever lacked is a top class manager

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 1, 2008 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #5

    thick skin?!? so thats what they call obese people now, im not obese im thick skinned! ahaha.

  • Drago

    Jan 1, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #6

    shut the fook up you bunch of loosers, we will never be a normal team again if we continue our managers sacking every 6 months, use your fooking brains

  • scott 9

    Jan 1, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #7

    your wrong pi55 of sam we need to give a manager time 2 seasons atleast in my opinion hes definatley a good maneger people slag of his signings but aprt from geremi rozenhal they are all good signings he had to get solid players in and no one can say he aint good in the transfer market look what he bought for bolton.
    ben haim
    these are all great player that sam brought to bolton eveyone has there own opinion but i think all of u slaging of sam will be proved wrong we need to give him time in 2 seasons well be comfortably in europe pushing for top 4 like everton are now.

  • Leo

    Jan 1, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #8

    hes playing mind games

  • Dragoner

    Jan 1, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #9

    To say we have massive potential and we just need a top class manager is a bit naive. Why do we have massive potential? because of a big stadium and passionate fans? If that is a reason i dont really see it as potential. Also, i would say we lacked quality players, but oh well

  • Nev

    Jan 1, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #10

    just give sam till the end of the season
    were to good to go down and if sam can improve jan/feb we could get europe/inter-toto
    and next season sam will have everything in place to make a serious challenge for top6
    and if were still crap then get rid!

  • Pi55 Off Sam

    Jan 1, 2008 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #11

    We lack quality players? Sam bought 9 players in the Summer therefore the blame lies with him!

    I can tell you Sam will not be here longer than this season, he’ll be lucky to still be here at the end of January.

    Good riddance I say!

  • shearyadi

    Jan 1, 2008 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #12

    I will be get rubbished again if I said it again there are too many kids and bandwagonish around here Drago 😉

  • Pi55 Off Sam

    Jan 1, 2008 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Yes because we don’t agree with what you have to say we’re bandwagonish and kids, however I think you are the majority morons as Fat Sam is a spin doctor and a media darling, and you my friend are eating up every egotistical word he tells you!

    Oh and I think Drago is the kid seeing the choice of language and insults he throws about, it’s not a mature response is it?

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 1, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #14

    pi55, couldnt agree more with all your points about sam, you’ve been saying the same as me all along, people seem to overlook the fact that he isnt the right man, becuase if he was we would give him time, people just keep saying if we sack managers we wont get anywhere, well thats fine with me aslong as we get the right manager eventually, then give that manager time.

  • Pi55 Off Sam

    Jan 1, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Exactly Tom totally agree, and I don’t have to put my point accross with abuse!

  • Drago

    Jan 1, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #16

    yeah sack Sam and get another Souness or Roeder, that would be great ! no ? then we will get top players again like Boumsong and Babayaro

  • Howie

    Jan 1, 2008 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #17

    tell me then pi55 and tom who should we bring in thats going to give us success

  • carl

    Jan 1, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #18

    drago mate, fat fred aint in charge anymore, you think mort and ashley would apoint a mediocre manager??? i think not.

  • carl

    Jan 1, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #19

    but at same time, give sam a season and weigh up our options at the end,

  • Pi55 Off Sam

    Jan 1, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Sam is another Souness! Maybe worse!

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 1, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #21

    Howie – Its a hard question to answer but there are many better managers with better CVs than sam currently available.

    Its very hard to tell until they step in, but now that sams here you can tell he isnt the right man for the job.

    Me personally id like Jol, Deschamps, Adriaanse, Irrureta and at a push Klinsmann.

  • Pi55 Off Sam

    Jan 1, 2008 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #22

    Houllier, Hitzfeld is considering leaving Bayern……. We could’ve had Ramos, Hodgson the list can go on

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 1, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #23

    Rijkaard may be leaving soon, van Gaal is also anohter possibility.

    Never rule out Lippi, Mourinho, Scolari, you don know what our new owners and charman could do, although its very unlikely.

  • Hadrian

    Jan 1, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #24

    he only bandwagoners around here is you on sams bandwagon shearyadi.

  • andyc290

    Jan 1, 2008 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #25

    pi55 off sam – the trouble with nufc has more to do with having too many fans like you than what little BSA has had a chance to do so far.

    wish youd pi55 off and support man u or chelsea

    think about where we were pre keegan and then be happy that we are a mid table side at present and lets give BSA a chance to get us up there challenging for trophies (eg. this season and next at least) – we all want the success but some people are more realistic about how it can be achieved.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 1, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #26

    andyc290 – you’ve been listening to much to the sceptics about newcastle fans that think we have huge expectations, we dont. We just want to see progression in performances and hopefully results through the season, we will then soon see us hitting the great expectaions that other percieve we have, which we dont!

  • Tripp

    Jan 2, 2008 at 2:44 AM

    Comment #27

    There have been a lot of names rattled off, but how many of those would realistically come to Tyneside? How many want that job once they become familiar with the club’s recent history? NUFC isn’t the only club with a possible vacancy. Anyone can rattle off names. But taking gambles on managers who are available (and why are they available anyways) sets us up to repeat history. If the guy’s shite what do we do then? You lot will be whinging and moaning again and we’ll be right back where we started… or in the championship. I don’t see any choice at this point but to stick with SA for the short term. I should be able to manage the side and beat Derby County assuming that the players play to their ability. As much as we don’t like SA’s tactics the player’s themselves have to share in the blame. The Wigan game is a good example of that.

  • KKN39

    Jan 2, 2008 at 5:33 AM

    Comment #28

    thick skin + negative football has never won over NUFC fans, and i doubt it will – as fans we are not supporting NUFC for that – Dalglish, Souness, and now Sam all failed or failing. 442 attacking football played on the ground, swift n skilful wingers + prolific golden boot strikers + goalscoring AM (Ginola&Gillespie+Ferdinand+Beardsley, Robert&Solano+Shearer+Dyer/Speed) has been our formula time n time again. bloody obvious for anyone sane. cm’on Sam, we’ve got the right players now – plus the likes of Arshavin and Anelka will complete a nice picture – wake up before too late, do a good job in the Jan transfer window or just make place for someone sane asap.

  • Ant

    Jan 2, 2008 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #29

    When managers are going into the public eye and backing a manager, you know you’ve got a problem. If I was manager at Man City I’d do exactly the same, looking to break into the big boys tell the rivals that their useless manager is good:) A nice easy team to play against.

  • andyc290

    Jan 2, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #30

    Tom_Toon – my opinion is based on going to matches home and away since Jim Smith was our manager and Ive seen attitude of the extra 20,000 that started coming to SJP during the Keegan era. I dont need the press to tell me about the situation at newcastle games because i can see and hear it first hand. I dont mind the increased expectation but alot of the so called fans now think that paying for a ticket should guarantee them seeing us win. If we dont they boo and stamp their feet like spoilt kids. There are two teams trying to win each game and the Premier League is more competitive than ever. Around 10-12 teams are all looking for european football and 12 into 6 doesnt go. Along the way, especially in transitional seasons like this one we are gunna see some shit performances but what does the club good is for the fans to stick with the team – calling for BSA to be sacked does the opposite. Football is all about opinions and mine is that people who think sacking Sam without giving him a proper chance is the right thing to do dont know their football and dont have much common sense. He’s in the middle of changing our whole setup from top to bottom and the upheaval and financial cost of getting rid of it all now could put us really in the shit this season.


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