The Newcastle Journal has pointed out today there is a growing perception inside the Newcastle boardroom, that some people are deliberately looking to undermine the Newcastle manager, Sam Allardyce, to suit other agendas.
Chris Mort – Newcastle Chairman Fully Supports Sam
This is not helpful to the team or to the club of course, but it’s not the first time itâ€™s happened when results on the field are not going well. We believe thereâ€™s very little chance of Chris Mort getting rid of Sam Allardyce before the end of the season. As weâ€™ve pointed out many times, thereâ€™s some very good things happening behind the scenes at the club, that will stand us in very good stead for the years ahead. Developments at the scouting and youth levels are only a couple of the good things happening behind the scenes.
But weâ€™re not stupid, and know the number one priority is to get the results for the first team on the field, and that hasnâ€™t been happening over the last 11 games or so.
In that time we have put in some great performances and some terrible performances â€“ so it depends which ones you want to concentrate on. When you are running a business, you just have to look at the positive things and build on them. If you don’t it’s all downhill, and very quickly so. Performances against Arsenal and Chelsea were great and show a team that isnâ€™t too far off being a good team.
But we are still very inconsistent and thatâ€™s our Achilles heel right now. Sam and his large coaching staff have to instill in the players that they have to be at their best in every game.Â In the Premier league for every game, you have to show up prepared to give your very best. Nothing else is good enough, and with some players having played in other European leagues where that is not necessarily the case, they are finding the transition difficult.
But we think that consistency may be starting to show through. Hey, we donâ€™t want to be stupidly over-optimistic about this, and we expect a good performance tonight. But Newcastle fans at the game tonight will no doubt support the lads, who must give 100% in an effort to get all 3 points. If the players do that, they will get 100% support from the Newcastle fans â€“ who have always been very fair to the team.
So that’s the state of things – it’s either good or bad, depending on where you are coming from. But there’s one thing we should all agree on – we need a good win tonight.
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